Green continue to set the pace

Andy Farrell for Elland
Andy Farrell for Elland

Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League Premier Division Leaders FC Bowling Green overcame a bright start from Halifax Hammers to run out 3-0 winners.

Craig Lobley was forced to save from Terriq Pervez early on after which Green took a hold on proceedings.

They went ahead on the half hour through James Clegg’s deflected effort from the edge of the area, but were then guilty of missing a number of decent chances.

Green started the second half on top and doubled their advantage when Johnny Collins was put through by Chris Roy and he finished well.

Once again chances went begging before the game was made safe when substitute Luke Jones’ first touch saw him find Gary Ash and his second came as he continued his run to latch onto the cross to steer the ball home.

Sam Taylor was on target five times as King Cross Sports inflicted an 11-0 defeat on Feathers.

Both teams struggled to raise a team with Cross scraping together 11 while Feathers eventually managed 13.

Taylor opened the scoring from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by the ‘keeper. Dave McGuire then tapped in after good work from Chris Hall with Craig Davison making it 3-0 following a good solo run.

Craig Davison latched onto a through ball from Taylor for 4-0 with Taylor adding his second with a volley from the edge of the area.

There was still time before the break for Maguire to net with Taylor adding his second penalty for 7-0 after a defender handled the ball

Feathers tried a different formation after the break, but the Cross defence pairing of Fitzpatrick and Foster meant ‘keeper Clegg had nothing to do.

Taylor volleyed in again and Maguire tapped in before Taylor completed his personal tally with a superb strike following some lovely control.

It was left to Craig Davison to wrap things up with a 35-yard lob.

Carrington bounced back from being knocked out of the District Cup last week with a 5-2 win over Elland Sports.

The visitors got off to a good start with Robbie Graham converting a penalty in the opening minutes.

Elland pressed forward to try and get back on terms but found themselves further behind when Jordan Coduri finished off a swift counter attack.

Damien Randall then chipped the keeper to make it 3-0 at the break.

A stunning strike from Randall extended the lead before Elland Sports pulled one back.

Jay Carney tapped home after more good work from Randall but Elland wouldn’t lie down and scored again with 10 minutes remaining.

The home side pressed and looked to have won a late penalty when Andy Farrell tumbled in the box. The baffled Carrington defenders protested and, in a show of great sportsmanship, Farrell convinced the referee that there had been no foul and the decision was overturned.

Old Pond opened up a five point lead at the top of Division One courtesy of a hard-earned 3-2 home win over Queens Head.

Pond took a two goal half time lead with Stephen Ashford scoring twice to put the league leaders in the driving seat, although Ben Briggs had to make a smart one on one save to keep the visitors at bay.

Queens Head pulled a goal back before Paul Taylor converted a Glen Lee cross to reaffirm Pond’s two goal advantage.

The visitors struck again to ensure a close finish, but Pond held out for the three points.

Hollins Holme had three key players missing but were still able to secure maximum points from a 4-2 success at second placed Oddfellows.

Ben Clayton pounced on a loose ball to put the visitors ahead and the lead was doublewd before the interval when Rob Stansfield headed home Andrew Butterworth’s free-kick.

Oddfellows pulled a goal back early in the second half following a one-on-one but Holme were back in the ascendancy when Andrew Butterworth netted from the spot after Tom Booth had been brought down.

Once again ddfellows responded with a goal on the break but Holme wrapped things up when Chris GaGrbutt beat several players on a 30 yard run before slotting the ball through for Booth who did the rest.

“We are winning and we are winning well,” said delighted Holme boss Joel Booth.

“However, there is still along way to go so we cannot look too far ahead.

“Confidence is high and the players are going out feeling they can win every game they play.”

Greetland Goldstars and Triangle played out a 1-1 draw in an even game at Goldfields.

Goldstars started the brighter, rattling the visitors’ crossbar twice in quick succession. Determined defending from both sides kept opposing forwards at bay, with Goldstars’ stand-in ‘keeper impressing after their regular stopper pulled out through injury.

A momentary lapse in the host’s concentration saw Rob Cowsill’s corner kick sneak straight in at the back post, and Greetland found themselves unfortunate to go into the break behind.

However, despite having 10 men for the second half, the Goldstars came straight out of the gate, and Danny Dorward finished a fine attacking move to pull them level.

The hosts dug in to defend as Triangle tried to force their man advantage, with the visitors restricted to long range efforts as Greetland held onto claim a deserved point.

Division Two title contenders Top Club had to work hard to overcome bottom club Halifax Rangers who, despite a 2-1 defeat, put on their best performance of the season.

Top Club took the lead midway through the first half courtesy of Nick Delaney’s penalty, conceded by Rangers ‘keeper Josh Ward after the home side had been caught by the long ball over the top.

The visitors failed to create any further clearcut chances in the first half, while at the other end, nippy striker Adam Rayner put wide just yards out moments before the break.

The Top Club manager demanded more in the second period and Ward was forced into a fine save from a long distant shot within a minute of the restart.

But with less than 10 minutes remaining, the score was still locked at 1-0 when Rangers forced a deserved equaliser.

Greg Austin, who worked hard to regain possession of the ball, managed to feed Mike Kellett inside a crowded box, and his shot beat the keeper with the aid of a deflection.

Rangers’ joy was short-lived, however, as Top Club won a middle tussle just a minute later and Delaney provided the crossfield pass onto which Dominic McLeod ran, and he got goal side of the full-back before finishing in style.