Elland end Green’s unbeaten league record

Michael Gracie for Bowling Green and James Parkinson for Elland Sports.
Michael Gracie for Bowling Green and James Parkinson for Elland Sports.

Elland Sports blew the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League title race wide open after a stunning 3-1 success at previously unbeaten leaders FC Bowling Green.

Green suffered a rare off-day while Elland were full value for their success.

The game was a tight affair until Elland broke the deadlock with a fortunate goal. James Parkinson swung in a cross from the left but the ball sailed over the Green keeper and into the top corner of the net.

Both sides continued to give 100 per cent commitment but Elland were able to hold on to their slender advantage at the break.

The second half saw Green come out the stronger and they created a couple of chances one of which should have seen them draw level.

Elland rode their luck and Jacob Driver, who had come on for Wayne Crossley, latched onto a superb pass from David Woffenden to side foot home for 2-0.

Woffenden added the third when he broke clear and lifted the ball over the keeper with Green notching their consolation with two minutes to go.

James Buglar scored twice as Engineers beat Lee Mount 4-3 in a mid-table scrap.

Both sides produced a decent game with Mount unlucky not to claim a share of the spoils after missing out on a last minute chance.

Engineers had some new faces on show and all impressed with Martin Bates marking his debut with a goal.

Mount were always there or thereabouts but it was Remi Allen who netted the decisive fourth for the home side.

The Vine eased their plight at the wrong end of the table with a welcome 2-1 home win over a King Cross Sports side who are also looking to pull away from the danger zone.

Hollins Holme narrowed the gap on Division One leaders Waiters Arms to just one point following their narrow 3-2 victory over a spirited Queens Head side.

Holme were made to work hard against a Queens Head side who are battling to stay in the division.

It could have been a different outcome if visiting striker Carlton Balmer had been allowed to go on after twice being called back for contentious offside decisions.

It was Queens who took a deserved - if fortunate - lead when Luke Eastwood’s corner was punched into his own net by Holme keeper Joe Weston after 10 minutes.

Holmes were struggling to get into the game but did grab themselves a lifeline when Andrew Butterworth’s free kick cleared the visiting defence and Ben Clayton ran in to head the ball across the keeper and into the net..

Holme then edged ahead when James Chadwick’s through ball picked out George Bamford who successfully went one-on-one with the keeper.

Balmer did make a chance stick to bring the scores back to 2-2 and it looked as though a draw would be a fair outome.

However, with 10 minutes left, Andrew Butterworth’s shot hit Queens defender Martin Cannon on the arm and the referee pointed to the spot, Butterworth sending the keeper the wrong way from the penalty.

Halifax Hammers also edged a win as they beat Triangle 3-2 to lift themselves into third place.

Both teams created chances before the deadlock was broken on 20 minutes when good work by Jasim Saleh found Chris Woodhouse and he crossed an inch perfect ball for Terriq Pervez to head home.

Hammers kept pressing and caught Triangle on the break when a good clearance from the back by big centre half Usman Ali fell nicely into the path of Ahsan Farooq who produced a delightful ball to Wajid Nawaz and he raced past two defenders before hitting a powerful shot into the bottom corner.

Triangle started the second half well and were were rewarded on 47 minutes when a fumble by Hammers keeper Hussain Farooq allowied the opposition to slot the ball home.

Atif Hussain. Martin Woodhouse, Marty Waller and Usman Ali all missed good chances with Woodhouse also seeing a penalty well saved by the Triangle keeper.

Hammers were made to pay when Triangle won a penalty after mis-timed tackle by Safeer Khan and they made no mistake to make it 2-2.

Hammers stuck to their task and netted what proved to be the winner with Matty Waller’s free kick being headed in by Atif Hussain

Michael Midwood scored five times as Elland Sports Reserves thumped relegation-threatened Bradshaw 7-2.

Midwood wasn’t going to play the full 90 minutes but his side were a man short and so he was pressed into action.

Things looked bleak for Elland when Sam Ansell received his marching orders after three minutes but the home side were still able to see out the rest of the game with few problems, Damon Nichols adding the other two goals.

The mid-table battle between Oddfellows and Old Pond saw Oddy’s claim the spoils from a 1-0 win

Defences were well on top throughout, with Oddy’s marshalled by man of the match Tom Bailey and Lee Williams solid in defence for Pond.

A breakaway goal in the first half from Chris Swaine, against the run of play, was enough to give Oddfellows the points.

Free-scoring Ryburn United took advantage of Rastrick Bowling Club’s involvement in the Eddie Hebblethwaite Halifax FA Sunday Cup to take over at the top courtesy of a 6-3 home win over Ryburn Valley.

United did it the hard way though as after taking the lead through Alex Coburn’s penalty for offside Valley hit back to open up a 3-1 lead.

United were not fazed and a purple patch in the last 10 minutes saw them add five goals, Coburn taking his overall tally to four with Lewis Cockroft and Gareth Robertshaw also on target.

Greetland Goldstars maintained their challenge in third following a 2-1 win at Beehive & Cross Keys.

Hebden Bridge are fourth following a 10-2 home mauling of Stubbing Wharf while basement club Halifax RRangers were unlucky to come out on the receiving end of a nine goal thriller with The Vine Reserves.

FC Champs saw their hopes of progressing into the fifth round of the West Riding FA Sunday Cup dashed with a 4-1 home defeat by Ferrybridge Progressive WMC.

However, Calderdale will have a representative in the fifth round of the Sunday Trophy following Waiters Arms’ 7-1 success over fellow Division One side Acton Athletic.

Waiters started the brighter and could have been two up in the first five minutes but for wasteful finishing from top scorer Marco Romano.

He was to make amends though as he set Billy Grogan and he finished into the top corner to give him a goal in every round so far.

Romano then flicked on a ball for Lee Wood to chase and he fired home from an acute angle to give Waiters a two goal cushion.

Acton tried to play their football but Waiters defenders Gordan Brierley and Ash O’Shea saw off the threat from Scott Carney and James Machon.

Waiters made it 3-0 just before the break when veteran player manager Adam Fenton rose highest to nod home a pinpoint Danny Cook delivery.

The second half started much the same with Waiters pressing high up the field and after some neat passing involving Dean Park and Wood they freed winger Dean Fulton in the area to fire home past the stranded Acton keeper.

Fulton then got his second when Cook and Dom Wilson combined on the right to cross for him to volley home at the back post.

It was one way traffic at this point with Waiters hitting the bar twice through O’Shea and Wood before Wood ran half the length of the field before delicately chipping the keeper.

Acton’s endeavour bought them a goal with two minutes left when a cross from the left evaded everyone and nestled in the top corner.

There was just enough time for Wood to get his hat trick with a toe poke after a long throw from the returning Freddie Bottomley..