Remi Allen’s first half hat-trick helped Calder ‘76 register a convincing 4-0 home win over fellow Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL Premier side Greetland in the first round of the West Riding Challenge Cup.
Allan opened the scoring following a cross from the returning James Megson on 15 minutes and doubled the lead from close range following John Moynes’ superb centre from near the touchline.
Calder, with Moynes and Karl Wooliscroft showing the way, went 3-0 up five minutes before the interval when Allen got on the end of a through ball and lobbed the ‘keeper.
The home side kept up the good work after the break and Allen set up Jonathan Gibson to score the killer fourth goal after 55 minutes.
Dave Woffenden tried his best to get Greetland going but Dan Dorward missed their best chance and home ‘keeper Warren Clayton had only one real save to make.
Shelf United and King Cross Warley were winners of two more all-Halifax AFL clashes.
Johnny Lister scored a hat-trick at Shelf United run out handsome 6-2 home winners against fellow division One side Elland Allstars.
King Cross Warley nipped division-lower Salem’s flying start to the season in the bud with a 4-2 away win.
However, the home side played well and will look back on a couple of turning points in the game.
Cross took a 2-0 lead against the run of play in the opening 20 minutes through Dave Maguire, from Jonny Burston’s good pass, and Tom Hiley, who had missed a penalty right at the start of the contest.
Salem got one goal back and had strong claims for a spot kick turned down. When they did win a penalty they hit the bar.
Paul Zolly made it 3-1 early in the second half but Salem rallied and kept in the hunt with their second goal.
However, Craig Davison got a fourth near the end for Warley, set up by recent signing from Elland United Carl Amos.
Mick Palethorpe bagged four goals as Holmfield progressed with a 7-1 home win over Farnsley Sports but Gary Ash’s two goals were in vain as Copley United crashed 9-3 at home to Campion.
Ryburn United went down 4-1 at Farsley Celtic Juniors and Denholme United were no match for hosts Steeton, losing 7-0 away.
A 4-0 scoreline in favour of West Riding Amateur Premier Division side East End WMC did no justice to hosts Northowram.
The Rams were the better team in the first half after a high-tempo start but rangy frontman Glenroy Hylton put the visitors ahead after 23 minutes with a neat volley with the outside of the foot.
Chris Dunne went close from Chris Conroy’s lay-off and the ‘keeper did well to turn over a fiercely struck free kick from James Waggett but East End doubled their lead from only their second chance of the half through Adam Tunnicliffe’s sumptuous curling left foot shot into the corner.
Dunne’s glancing header from James Fearnley’s free kick bounced inches past the post and the referee must have been unsighted as Curtis Lewis clearly handled the ball before knocking in the rebound off ‘keeper James Bunn.
Conroy and Paul Glew might have reduced the deficit before Hylton’s well-placed header put more daylight between the teams.
Despite conceding a goal straight from the kick off, Ovenden West Riding comfortably reached the second round with a 6-2 away win against Old Modernians from Division Two of the West Yorkshire League.
A slip by Graham Hall was pounced upon by Danny Brady, who raced clear and gave Chris Moroney no chance.
West Riding were on level terms inside two minutes, good work by Jordan Coduri, Mat Devlin and Robbie Graham paving the way for Carlton Pownall to score from 15 yards past Phil Green.
The visitors then started to dominate. The menacing John Booth and Steve Fullard tested Green on numerous occasions before Coduri showed them how to finish with a 20 yarder.
In the second half Modernians were not overshadowed. Brady missed a “sitter” to level before Fullard and Coduri made it 1-4.
Graham finished off a superb movement on 70 minutes and Fullard scored with a lovely strike from 20 yards before Modernians had the last word when Brian Turner’s free kick flew off Kevin Megson’s head over a stranded Moroney.
Halifax Irish also progressed with a 2-1 win at Littletown, Gareth Sherwood and Gareth Jones getting their goals, but Yorkshire Amateur League side Huddersfield Amateurs lost 2-1 at home to Rimington.
Ovenden West Riding Reserves got a confidence boosting 4-1 West Riding Trophy win over Bradford side Bainbridge at Allerton.
They played some excellent football for long periods and were rewarded with a hat-trick from Richard Hartley and another one from Jacob Wood.
Martin Coldwell and the Smith brothers were in good form for West Riding and were ably supported by Wood and Stephen Cook.
Matty Waller and Zain Ahmed scored twice each as Spring Hall Celtic beat division-lower Savile Arms in an all-Halifax AFL contest.
AFC Crossley went through with a 3-2 win over Abundant Life Church and Max Lister scored twice as Greetland Reserves won 5-0 away to Mount. Shelf United Reserves progressed 3-2 against Bradley.
However, Brighouse Sports, Denholme United Reserves, King Cross Warley Reserves, Ryburn United Reserves, Calder ‘76 Reserves and Shelf FC all bowed out.