Football: Stainland's clear lead

STAINLAND United stretched three points clear of inactive Volunteer Arms at the top of Division One with a 2-1 home win over Salem.

United had the slope in the first half and although visiting keeper Steve Hawksworth performed heroically, he was beaten by a Dean Lawrence shot and then a goal just before the break from the influential Rob Gerrard.

Nick Green went close on the break for Salem, who were well served by hard-working Simon Herbert.

The visitors set up an interesting last 15 minutes when Matty Horsfall sent in a free-kick and Rob Worthington flicked the ball over the keeper. However, Stainland missed late chances to win more emphatically.

AFC Crossleys went third with a 4-2 win away to Mixenden.

GREETLAND Reserves continued their improvment with a 4-2 win at Halifax Athletic to go third in Division Two,

Athletic took the lead in the section's only game with a great strike by Alistair Roberts from the edge of the area.

However, Craig Taylor equalised for Greetland with an even better one from 40 yards which went in off the post.

After half time Greetland made changes and sub Gary Taylor's flick set up sub Tom Garforth to race clear and score his second goal of the season after coming back from injury.

Gary Taylor then scored himself after an amazing run and cross from Oliver Jefferson.

Athletic got one back through Jordan Trowell but Jimmy Highley wrapped up the points with a bullet header .

THE Division Three game between Elland Utd Reserves and Salem Reserves only got the go-ahead after referee Joe Hallos had consulted both managers and skippers.

Salem might soon have been having second thoughts after shipping in six first half goals en route to an 8-1 defeat.

Elland were gifted four of their goals in the opening 45 minutes. Visiting goalie and player manager Ian Fletcher somehow managed to punch two Craig Heppenstall corners into his own net before passing into the path of Paul Caldwell, who fired home.

Then, when Paul Crabtree tried another back pass, he under hit it and Brett Rhodes intercepted and rounded Fletcher.

Jordan Goldthorpe scored and a third for Heppenstall piled on the misery before young fullback Dan Homer-Smythe headed home for Salem just before half time.

Salem improved vastly and only late goals from Richard Richardson and Martin Boon added to Elland's tally, Stephen Fletcher missing a late penalty for Salem.

More reports from the weekend's amateur football in Tuesday's Courier