FC Bowling Green were made to work hard for their 1-0 win over FC Shoulder Southowram as they maintained their unbeaten start to the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League Premier Division season.
Chris Dennison scored the only goal from the penalty spot before the break after Gary Ash had been fouled in the area. That came after Greg Porter had missed an earlier chance to put Green ahead from the spot.
While the first half exchanges were even the second half was a scrappy affair with Shoulder heaping on the pressure in the final 20 minutes but to no avail.
Tom Holroyde had an excellent game on the right hand side for Green while James Hurtley was a strong presence for Shoulder.
FC Champs have made a good start under boss Chris Punda and they made it five wins out of six after twice coming from behind to beat The Vine 7-2.
Vine grabbed the lead inside the first 10 minutes but Tom Robinson levelled.
The home side restored their slight advantage and felt they should have stretched their lead only Ben Watkins saved Christian Silkstone’s penalty.
Champs regrouped after the break and Robinson restored parity from the penalty spot before the visitors edged ahead for the first time with Ben Hiley pouncing on a rebound from James Riley to net.
Robinson made it a hat-trick from the edge of the box as Champs took control before Sam Hiley made it 5-2 after good approach play.
Robinson’s free-kick then caught the keeper of his line for the sixth leaving Si Carter to head home the final goal.
Elland Sports moved into third courtesy of a 7-1 success at Lee Mount while struggling FC Royal of Pellon suffered an 11-2 mauling at King Cross Park.
Stallions finally got their Division One season up and running at the sixth attempt with a 2-1 victory over Queens Head.
It was a welcome three points for Stallions who have shipped 29 goals already this season, but a blow for Queens Head who slipped to the bottom of the table.
Sam Holmes, who went on to have a fine game, put the home side ahead, but Queens were level before the break through Martin Cannon’s penalty.
Stallions, who have a number of young recruits in their ranks, shaded the second half and gained their reward when Chad Ogden netted the winner with 10 minutes to go.
Scott Carney was the difference as Acton Athletic played out a hard-fought 1-0 success at Triangle.
There was nothing between the two sides for long periods in a game which was well refereed by David Cartwright.
The best chances fell in the first half with Martin Scully seeing a header cleared off the line while Phil Livesey got the ball stuck under his feet from two yards out and the Triangle keeper was able to smother.
Adam Eastwood was also called into action at the other end, but it was Carney who made his chance stick after 35 minutes when he tapped in for his 17th goal in seven matches.
Hollins Holme suffered their first defeat of the season after falling to a 1-0 defeat by Halifax Hammers.
Both teams played some lovely one touch football and Hammers went close with Atif Hussain missing out at the near post when in a good position to score.
Holmes also had their chances but were kept out by some fine defending by Faisal Saghir, Abu Bakar, Ahsan Farooq, and Waheed Hanif.
The breakthrough arrived midway through the first half when a swift move in the middle involving skipper Mohammed Ozair, Matty Waller and Wajid Nawaz set up Terriq Pervez who was unmarked in the box and he slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
Holme responded by hitting the crossbar before the break after which both teams continued to play attractive football and create chances.
Hammers went close to doubling the lead with Wajid Nawaz missing out one on one with keeper while Holme saw another effort hit the post.
Hammers finished the stronger and substitute Bilal Sheraz danced past three defenders but saw his effort saved brilliantly by the Holme keeper who also denied Terriq Pervez one on one just before the final whistle.
Elland Sports Reserves picked up their first win of the season with a 5-3 home success over Old Pond while Oddfellows held leaders Thornhill Briggs to a 2-2 draw.
Waiters Arms were involved in a high-scoring game beating Bradshaw 6-3.
Top Club claimed the scoring honours in Division Two after seeing off Stubbing Wharf 14-1 while Hebden Bridge and Hens Face traded 10 goals with Bridge emerging 6-4 winners.
Ryburn United were 4-0 winners over Ryburn Valley.
Halifax Rangers and Beehive & Crosskeys are still to get off the mark for the season following a 5-2 defeat by King Cross Park and a 4-1 home reversal to King Cross Sports Reserves respectively.
Rastrick Bowling Club won the battle of the early leading lights by beating Greetland Goldstars 4-2.