Green strengthen title bid with return to winning ways

FC Bowling Green returned to winning ways following defeat by Elland the previous week with a 5-2 success at Shoulder FC Northowram.

That result, coupled with Carrington’s home game against Elland Sports being one of only two to fall victim to the weather, meant that Green opened up a nine point gap at the top although Carrington have four games in hand.

Green played some decent football without creating any chances and it was Shoulder who nipped in front when a cross from the right evaded everyone and Craig Skinner headed home.

Green were back on terms when Matty Hoyle netted after being put through by Dean Lewis and the visitors edged ahead with Mikey Pearson on hand to mop up a loose ball.

Shoulder were quickly level after the break, Adam Kershaw sent Skinner tumbling in the box and Lee Worrall slotted home the resulting penalty.

Green retored their advantage five minutes later with Dean Ellis’s long-ranger taking a deflection and looping over the keeper before Kershaw’s long throw was guided home by Jonny Collins for 4-2.

Green were now in control and Joe Swallow wrapped things up by beating two men and firing home.

Engineers continued where they left off from last week with a 3-0 home win against a strong The Vine team.

Engine started up the slope in the first half where chances were few and far between, the best falling to James Chippendale who blazed wide.

Meanwhile, man of the match Craig Lobley was called upon on numerous occasions to keep the score at 0-0 going into half time.

Vine started the second half brightly with some great defending from PJ Henderson and Ashton Richardson keeping them at bay.

Jimmy Denton rang the changes with 20 minutes left, bringing on Remi Van-Allen and within minutes he put the home side 1-0 up.

This tactical change seemed to rally Engineers and it was all one way traffic from then on.

James Bugler added the second with a left foot screamer from 30 yards before Van-Allen made it 3-0.

Engine were unlucky not to go 4-0 up but Lee Barber blazed wide.

Third placed FC Champs failed to put pressure on Carrington after they were held to a 5-5 draw by a Sun Inn side battling to avoid relegation.

Champs had opened up a 4-0 lead at one stage but Sun battled back and fully deserved their share of the spoils.

Dan Boyd opened the scoring for Champs after which Josh Hiley and Gerry Doherty, on his debut, netted to make it 3-0 at the break.

Hiley then made it 4-0 amd it looked like game over. However, Sun had other ideas and brought it back to 4-3 before Hiley netted again.

That should have been that but Sun threw everything they had at Champs in the final 10 minutes and were rewarded with two goals to tie things up at the whistle.

Bradshaw eased their plight at the wrong end of the Division One table - but dumped Stallions deeper into trouble following an astonishing 11-1 success.

Bradshaw are not know for racking up big scores so naturally boss Andy Riley was delighted.

Tom Boyle claimed the scoring honours with two while there were braces for Steve Cochrane, James Thorpe, and Brandon Field while Isaac Nicholl also got his name on the scoresheet.

Waiters Arms maintained their place at the top with a 3-1 home win over Oddfellows while Hollins Holme held onto second spot after their 4-2 success at Elland Sports Reserves.

Waiters started brightly and good play from strikers Lee Wood and Billy Grogan forced a succession of early corners with both Adam Fenton and Chris Doyle seeing efforts cleared off the line.

They did make this early pressure count though when Danny Cook crossed and Ben Hardy volleyed past his own keeper.

Waiters continued to dominate until just before half time when Chris Swaine rounded the Waiters keeper but saw his shot blocked on the line by Freddie Bottomley.

The second half started pretty even before Swaine again saw an effort cleared off the line by Dom Wilson. This fired Waiters up and with 15 minutes to go they made it 2-0 with Grogan volleying into the top corner from a long Wilson throw in.

Waiters began to play some neat football before Lee Albon was upended in the area leaving Grogan to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot. Swaine did get his reward for his and his team’s endeavour after they had made Waiters work hard for the full 90 minutes.

Halifax Hammers strengthened their position among the leading group in Division One with a 3-0 success over lowly Royd Club.

Terriq Pervez went close to opening the scoring after a lovely move involving Matty Waller, Jasim Saleh and Chris Woodhouse while at the other end Royd missed a sitter from three yards out,

Hammers regrouped and Wajid Nawaz put in a delightful ball for Waller who played a 1-2 with Chris Woodhouse before volleying home.

Terriq Pervez, Chris Woodhouse and Waller saw their efforts well saved by Rick Davison in the Royd goal while Royd kept pushing men forward but were denied by some fine defending by the makeshift back line.

Hammers started the second half on top but were again guilty of missing chances and Royd nearly levelled only for a last ditch tackle by Bakar Dar to deny them.

A brilliant run by Jasim Saleh saw him beat four players before being bought down just outside the penalty area and Yasser Mohammed’s free-kick fell nicely for Chris Woodhouse to smash home for 2-0.

Hammers scored again 10 minutes from time when neat midfield play from Mohammed Bilal, Sheraz, Atif Hussain and Terriq Pervez put Waller and after he was brought down in the box, Terriq Pervez gave the keeper no chance from the spot.

For the second week running Division Two leaders Ryburn United made hard work of gaining maximum points - this time from a 5-2 success at a much improved The Vine Reserves.

Ryburn had opened up a 2-0 gap at the break but within five minutes of the restart they had been pegged back to 2-2.

Alex Coburn helped himself to a hat-trick before having to go off with a twisted knee.

Ed Hyland and Lewis Cockroft were the other Ryburn goalscorers.

Top Club lived up to their name by recording the division’s highest score - an 11-1 victory at Stubbing Wharf - while North Bridge collected maximum points from a 4-0 win at Halifax Rangers.

Beehive & CrossKeys and King Cross Park shared the spoils from a high-scoring 3-3 draw while Ryburn Valley and King Cross Sports Reserves also had to settle for a point each from a 1-1 stalemate.

Old Pond were in control of their Bridge Balti League Cup quarter-final tie against Triangle until being reduced to 10 men on the half hour mark.

The man advantage played into the visitors hands as they went on to secure a 3-2 win.

Following the dismissal, AJ Brown scored a very well taken effort to give the visitors the lead.. Dan Watson enjoyed the fortune of a deflection for the second, before Brown secured his brace as ‘Angle looked odds on to progress.

Pond staged a gallant comeback against the odds, Richard Howard coming off the bench for his first appearance in two years to aid a serious injury crisis and giving the Hove Edge side some attacking impetus.

Chris Payne headed home from a Paul Meredith cross, before Lee Williams nodded in a free kick from Jamie O’Callaghan who had his best game in a Pond shirt but ‘Angle held on.

Acton Athletic progressed into the semi-finals after seeing off Division One rivals Queens Head 3-2 at Shroggs Park.

Acton createwd the better of the chances in a goalless first half and they began to make them stick after the break as they opened up a 3-0 lead.

Martin Cannon missed the chance to pull a goal back from the penalty spot following a handball offence but then he made amends by heading in Queens’ first goal.

Jimmy Wilkinson netted the second and although Queens created chances in the final few minutes they were unable to force the breakthrough.

Thornhill Briggs made light work of Hebden Bridge’s challenge, going through courtesy of a 6-1 success, while Rastrick Bowling Club overcame fellow Division Two side Hens face 3-0