Holme make light of Feathers threat

Sean Suttle from Old Pond Reserves against St Columbas
Sean Suttle from Old Pond Reserves against St Columbas

Hollins Holme maintained their two point lead at the top of the Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League courtesy of a 3-1 home success over Feathers FC.

Holme went 1-0 up after 20 minutes when a Rob Day flick-on found James Chadwick who tapped in at the back post.

The second arrived on the half hour. Seventeen year old Jamie Gwilliam picked up a stray ball and from 30 yards out fired a screamer into the top corner.

Hollins had most of the first half play but were thwarted on numerous occasions by the Feathers ‘keeper.

It took until the hour mark for Hollins to stretch their lead through Chadwick’s second. Picking up a through ball from Andrew Butterworth, Chadwick fired in from a tight angle.

Feathers bagged themselves a consolation with 15 minutes remaining after some out of character sloppy defending from Hollins.

Carrington beat Bowling Green 5-0 in an eventful encounter at Beechwood Park. The scoreline was made even more impressive considering Carrington played nearly all the second half with nine men.

The game started in the usual hard fought way between the two sides. A couple of early mistakes from the home team created half chances that Green were unable to capitalise on.

Carrington fired a warning shot when Leon Hurles-Brook got on the end of a loose ball but his lobbed finish came back off the post.

The deadlock was broken shortly after when Green were cut open by a sharp passing move and Jay Carney squared for Jordan Coduri to tap in from close range.

There was still little to choose between the teams but Carrington extended their lead when Carney broke away down the left and his shot was parried into the path of Coduri who made no mistake.

Carrington then had a man sent off when Robbie Graham was shown a red for a mis-timed tackle.

Green pushed to get one back before half-time but it was Carrington who extended their lead further, Carney racing clear of the defence before rounding the keeper and firing home.

A poor challenge from Mark Brown early in the second half reduced Carrington to nine men and Bowling Green began to lay siege to the Carrington goal

Some excellent defending prevented any meaningful chances so Green pushed a defender up front to try and force an opening but Carrington gambled on leaving Hurles-Brook forward and it paid off in spectacular style.

Coduri intercepted a pass on the edge of his own box before firing a great ball forward that found Hurles-Brook in space. He carried the ball into the area and managed to evade a couple of defenders before rifling the ball into the roof of the net.

That ended the game as a contest and although Green continued to dominate possession it was no surprise when Carrington broke away again and Coduri slid the ball home to seal his hat-trick.

Royd Club came from a goal down to inflict a 4-1 defeat on Triangle in Division One.

The home side were well-organised but did not possess a standout player.

Royd, on the other hand, settled early and posed a threat.

It was against the run of play when Triangle took the lead but Royd were back on terms ahead of the break through John Moynes’ 25 yard effort.

Boss Dave Taylor then produced a second half masterstroke when he pushed Sam Taylor up front with John Gibson and the pair saw their side to victory.

Gibson made it 2-1 before Taylor, who had earlier commanded the midfield, added his name to the scoresheet.

It was left to Gibson to wrap things up and lift Royd Club into third place.

Bradshaw picked up their third win of the season with a 3-2 victory at North Bridge in a decent game played in a good spirit.

Both teams spent time testing each other out before Bradshaw took the lead through Chris Woodhouse with a superb goal set up by Wayne Camplin’s quick thinking.

Bridge equalised only for Bradshaw to hit the front again when Thomas Boyle’s mazy run from his own half saw him brought down in the area and Chris Woodhouse made no mistake.

Bridge rallied well and brought the score back to 2-2. However, any hopes they had of securing at least a point was ended when Ash Denton came on for Nathan Sloane and within two minutes scored what was to be the winning goal after excellent work from Riley and Cochrane.

Halifax Rangers made heavy weather of defeating Division Two bottom side Ovenden Phoenix with the 5-4 scoreline suggesting a closer game than it actually was.

Rangers should have built on the fifth minute lead given them by Aiden Hill, who headed home Grant Metcalfe’s corner, but they found themselves back on level terms when Josh Brown outstripped the Rangers defence to thump the ball past keeper Josh Ward.

However, Rangers’ superiority saw them regain the lead when a sweeping move involving CJ Waddington, Johnny Meynell and Daz Camp led to Grant Metcalfe getting hold of the ball, sidestepping a defender then finishing coolly.

Rangers then extended their lead when Matt Smith laid the ball off Dave Oakes to finish in style, but right on half-time Ovenden pulled one back when Tom Mistry was gifted a free header from a corner.

In the second half, Oakes grabbed his second with a header into the roof of the net from a corner but having missed a succession of chances, Rangers allowed Ovenden back into the game.

Former player Adam Rayner proved a constant thorn, and when he won a free-kick, Dave Healey forced the ball home. However, Rangers regained their two-goal advantage with Oakes completing his hat-trick with a powerful shot from the edge of the area, though the scoring was completed by Healey with the last kick of the match, a spectacular effort from just outside the box which found the top corner