Greetland push Ovenden hard in FA Cup

Danny Morton for Brighouse and Leon Hurles for Irish in Brighouse's 4-2  Halifax FA Cup win.
Danny Morton for Brighouse and Leon Hurles for Irish in Brighouse's 4-2 Halifax FA Cup win.

Big guns Ovenden West Riding were made to work hard for victory while last year’s beaten finalists Calder ‘76 made eye-catching progress in Saturday’s second round of the Halifax FA Saturday Cup.

Prolific competition winners Ovenden beat AFL Premier side Greetland 2-1 at Natty Lane.

Ovenden threw everything at Greetland’s defence of Mickey Conroy, Callum Hanson, Asa Lumb and Adrian Greenwood but were guilty of over-elaborate approach play.

When they did break through Dave Walker pulled off some excellent saves mainly from Robbie Graham, Damian Randall and Carlton Pownall.

West Riding took the lead on 20 minutes with a Graham penalty after a foul on Pownall and Greetland found themselves 2-0 down when Graham converted a second penalty, this time for handball.

The visitors, with nothing to lose, started to gain more possession and in the closing 10 minutes of the half Scott McHale, Woffenden and Lumb all went close.

McHale’s glancing near post header on 70 minutes gave them hope. West Riding continued to squander chances and Ainley misses a good chance to make them pay late on.

Calder ‘76, beaten by Brighouse Old Boys in last season’s Shay final, staged a repeat of their previous week’s league win over derby rivals and AFL champions Midgley United. This time they came out on top by 2-1 away.

They lost Remi Allen to injury in the warm-up and fell behind after a tight opening quarter, Tom Booth finishing well after a long throw was flicked on.

Calder drew level soon after when Jamie Casey, who had come into the starting line-up for Allen, crossed into the box. The outstanding Sam Taylor’s overhead kick fell to James Megson and he poked the ball past ‘keeper Steve Butterworth.

Joe Gibson rattled the woodwork for Midgley just before the break and the home side dominated in the third quarter and looked well organised, posing their usual threat from set pieces.

The decisive goal came midway through the half when Paul Ashman’s cross eluded everyone and the ball finished in the far corner of the net.

Tom Booth, who was a handful for a defence in which Ricky Topham again caught the eye, hit the bar for Midgley while sub John Moynes went through one-on-one with Butterworth, who saved.

Ryburn United won 3-2 away to section-lower Volunteer Arms, missing a stack of chances.

It looked plain sailing for the visitors when Alex Coburn’s first time effort from Christian Silkstone’s chip over gave them the lead, Volunteer had a player sent off for dissent and James Lawton tapped home for 2-0 after the ‘keeper had spilled a cross.

However, Volunteer scored twice in 10 minutes midway through the second half with a glancing header and then a back post finish.

Volunteer’s keeper denied the visitors but he was beaten again with five minutes left by Simon Carter’s effort which went in off the bar.

Adam Barlow’s goal was in vain for Sowerby Bridge, who bowed out 3-1 at home to Elland United.

King Cross Warley ended Northowram’s cup interests for the season with a 5-1 away win.

Neil Grogan’s side, who were making it six wins on the bounce, looked to have a fight on their hands at 1-1 approaching half time, having played down the slope at Northowram Rec.

However, Luke Butterworth’s nice finish edged them in front at the break and they looked comfortable from then on, quicksilver Tom Hiley adding two goals before Craig Smith came off the bench to finish the scoring.

Earlier, Northowram had resisted everything that their division-higher opponents could throw at them in the opening 35 minutes.

John Brownridge eventually bundled the ball home to give them the lead but Danny King equalised soon after with a great finish.

There were numerous other home wins and few shocks, although West Central sent Stainland United from two divisions higher home with their tails between their legs after a 5-2 beating.

The closest contest was between Frog and AFC Crossleys. Frog jumped into the next round 3-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Holmfield were 4-1 home winners against Sowerby United after scoring twice in the first 10 minutes.

Dave Heslop got them both, the first following a quick break and the second from a hotly disputed penalty.

John Wilkinson fired home just before the break to give Sowerby hope and the visitors dominated the opening 20 minutes of the second half.

However, a defensive slip let in Sam Durkin for Holmfield’s third and Johnny Walker completed the scoring just before full time.

Two goals from Ashley Ackroyd gave Stump Cross a narrower than expected 2-1 home win over Halifax Irish Centre. Irish’s first team also bowed out, beaten 4-2 away to old West Riding CA rivals Brighouse Town.

Gary Ash added another two goals to his tally in Copley United’s 6-2 home win over Savile Arms while Salem added to Wadsworth United’s early-season woes with three goals from Nick Green in a 4-1 success.

Division Three Shelf FC thrashed basement side St Columbas 9-0 but will still be opponents the competition favourites would be happy to draw in the next round.

The other Shelf club, Shelf United, were 4-1 home winners over Brighouse Sports with the help of two goals from Joe Griffin.

Elland Allstars climbed to third in Division One of the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL with a 4-2 win away to Greetland Reserves, aided by two more goals for Connor Bell.

Ash Smith and Chris Leigh also scored for the visitors while Oliver Jefferson and Brian Vickers replied for a Greetland side with just one league win so far.

Sowerby Bridge Reserves sprung a 4-1 surprise away to Ryburn United Reserves to move two points behind their derby rivals.

Sowerby United Reserves gained their second win of the season in Division Two with a 6-1 success over luckless Shelf United Reserves.

A fine finish from Alex Haggerty sent them on their way and John Elliott soon doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Shelf then missed a penalty and were reduced to 10 men when veteran Steve Parkinson joined the action but got injured.

Sowerby took full advantage. Man of the match Nathan Howard rolled home Sowerby’s third and Haggerty beat the offside trap to race clear and finish in style.

Nathan Howard then finished from cross by Gareth Lymm, who completed the home scoring with a glorious 30-yard curler. Shelf’s goal was an own goal.

Spring Hall Celtic moved to within two points of leaders AFC Crossleys with a 13-0 thrashing of hosts Halifax Irish Centre Reserves. There were hat-tricks for Sameer Ahmed, Matty Walker and Terriq Pervez.

Chris Van-Eda’s two goals settled the Calder Valley derby in Calder ‘76 Reserves’ favour against their Midgley counterparts, James Balmforth missing chances for their opponents.

Brandon Gilling (four) and Andrew Bottomley (three) were among the goals as King cross Warley Reserves inflicted a second defeat of the season on Mixenden United, winning 8-3.

Salem Reserves’ best unbeaten run for six years continued in a 3-3 draw away to Elland Allstars Reserves in the only game in Division Three.

Salem’s upturn in fortunes had started with a 3-0 win against the same opponents three weeks earlier and they felt unfortunate not to complete a double.

Elland, who included recent capture from Salem Mehmet Hings, stormed into an early two goal lead with some fast flowing football which caught their ageing opponents cold.

Martin Jenkins replied straight after the restart after good link up play with Rob Worthington and Dan Manley restored parity with a brave diving header from a Paul Crabtree cross.

It was all to play for going in to the last quarter and Howard Walker, who had only scored two goals before from left back, burst 70 yards from his own box and let rip with an absolute screamer from 25 yards with two minutes left.

However, there was a sting in the tail. Salem ‘keeper Steve Hawksworth punched away a corner and Hings crashed home a tracer bullet of a volley into the net.

Ovenden West Riding Reserves had no difficulty in overcoming a mediocre Tingley Athletic side 5-1 away in Division Two of the West Riding CA.

Goals from Matt Mason, Martin Coldwell, Steve Cook, Richard Hartley and Joe Hopkinson kept their run of victories going.

However, steadier finishing by Hartley, Jake Kennedy and Hopkinson would have seen them reach double figures.