Champions Carrington toppled at Waiters Arms

Halifax Rangers v Old Pond. Chris Waddington and Michael Barlow.
Halifax Rangers v Old Pond. Chris Waddington and Michael Barlow.

Waiters Arms ended their seven year wait for a victory over reigning Premier Division champions Carrington with a well deserved 4-2 win.

Carrington’s Damion Randall, who was lucky to be on the field after a number of off the ball incidents, ran clear when looking miles offside but finished well past Ethan Daly.

Waiters equalised when Ash Raynoor played in Billy Grogan, who slotted the ball past Daz Turnball in the Carrington net

Carrington regained the lead on the break after some great football from Jay Carney and Randall saw the latter curl a great finish into the top corner. Their joy was short lived though as, from the restart, Waiters winger Ashton Richardson volleyed in from outside the area.

Richardson grabbed his second after great work from David Chappell and, with 10 minutes to go, Chappell raced through to finish at the second attempt.

Things started so well for Mount Tabor at Halifax Hammers when they took the lead against the run of play through Declan Alchin.

They then saw an Andrew Parker header cleared off the line, but that was as good as it got for the visitors, with Hammers equalising through Terriq Pervez.

Ahsan Farooq’s penalty handed Hammers a 2-1 half-time lead, although Mount Tabor restored parity with Adam Helliwell’s penalty.

That only lasted a few minutes though as Farooq’s shot from outside the box handed the Hammers the lead again.

Pervez put some clear daylight between the teams before Lamin Jannah made it 5-2. Another good team move saw Mohammad Ozair make it 6-2 on 79 minutes.

Awais Khan went on mazy run to make it 7-2 before Jannah finished off an excellent move on 83 minutes and Farooq scored his third, and another cracker, for the Hammers’ ninth and final goal.

Top Club were trounced 18-1 at Feathers FC in Mytholmroyd, with Carrington FC looming ominously this Sunday.

Elsewhere in the division, Hollins Holme won 3-1 at Queens Head.

Hammers Reserves kept up their 100 per cent start in Division One with a 3-1 win over Ryburn United.

Old Pond got off the mark following a slow start to the campaign, with last-minute call-up Steve Galloway the hero of the hour with a hat-trick against Halifax Rangers.

Galloway’s first was a header at the far post from Sean Suttle’s cross, before Hayden Lewis provided the assist for Galloway 10 minutes later.

With manager Richard Dawson and first team coach Rick Addy both away, it was down to player/assistant manager Paul Taylor to lead the side; and he led by example in squeezing the ball home via a front post deflection to make it 3-0.

A penalty sealed Galloway’s hat-trick before Tom Wood’s consolation goal for Rangers. Taylor rounded off the scoring by making it 5-1.

There were also wins for Oddfellows, 2-1, at Beehive and Crosskeys and Lee Mount, 5-1, at Ryburn Valley.

In Division Two, North Bridge FC welcomed top of the table Weavers in a match full of attacking intent.

The hosts went a goal before going a man down when Jamie Callaghan was sent off for handball, with Weavers doubling their lead from the spot.

Steven Priestley’s free-kick halved the deficit before Andy Warnes headed the hosts level.

Weavers regained the lead but Bridge levelled again through Priestley.

However, another counter-attack won the game for Weavers to break Bridge hearts.

Elsewhere in the division, Bradshaw thrashed Ovenden Phoenix 7-2, Fountain Head beat Halifax Rangers Reserves 5-1 and Triangle won 2-1 at Halifax Amateurs.