Jones in firing line over abandonment

Calder 76's Steve Jones (right)
Calder 76's Steve Jones (right)

Calder 76’s Steve Jones looks likely to be in hot water after causing the abandonment of Saturday’s Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL game at home to Stump Cross with five minutes left.

Referee Mike Sharman, the Halifax Sunday League secretary, called a halt when Jones was allegedly physically aggressive towards him after being red carded.

Jones had reacted angrily after feeling he was a victim of a bad tackle, which went unpunished.

Stump Cross were 3-1 up at the time and appear likely to be awarded the points from a game which ran smoothly for the official until the closing stages.

Calder’s Gavin Fleming had a goal chalked off for offside before Stump took the lead after 10 minutes with a well-taken goal from Josh Hiley.

The home side created chances and equalised through Jonny Gibson just before half time.

James Dempsey put a good chance wide for Calder before Tom Hiley and Damian Watkins notched a quick double to put Stump in charge.

Substitute Gavin Martin missed a great chance to get Calder back in it before Stump’s Chris Gent was dismissed with 10 minutes left after repeatedly contesting a throw-in decision.

Then came the Jones incident and Sharman called a halt.

Champions Midgley United made it back-to-back derby wins, following up their hiding of Calder ‘76 with a 4-2 home success over Hebden Royd Red Star.

Boss Craig Gee thought they were good value for their win after a strong second half display in which they played some good football.

Red Star made the early running and took the lead through Lewis Cockroft’s good finish after 10 minutes.

The hosts suffered another setback when their gamble on playing George Bamford following a hamstring injury failed to pay off, right back Rob Stansfield switching to the attack.

However, Midgley equalised after 25 minutes through Ian Hudson’s fine volley from Gary Hodgson’s pinpoint cross.

Andrew Butterworth’s penalty for hand-ball nudged Midgley in front but Dan Earle’s header at the near post made it 2-2 at the interval.

Two goals from Tom Booth rewarded Midgley for their improved play in the second half. The first was a cracking finish from the left and the clincher following good work from Jason Cartlidge.

Leaders Greetland won 2-1 away to a hard working and well organised King Cross Warley thanks to a late penalty from goalkeeper Craig Taylor.

Greetland started the better on a heavy pitch and might have had an early penalty when Scott McHale went down.

McHale then hit the bar after good work from Adrian Greenwood and Carl Ainley and Greetland skipper Matt Oldfield was denied by the Warley keeper from close range.

However, Greetland did take the lead when awarded a free kick 30 yards out. Up stepped Dave Woffenden to curl his shot into the top corner of the net.

Warley were direct and always looked a threat from set plays but Taylor dealt with everything thrown at him. Mickey Conroy and Adam Oldfield made last gasp tackles as the home side finished the half stronger.

They got a deserved equaliser after the break from a corner when the unmarked Paul Kendall nodded home from close range.

This seemed to spur Greetland and Jonny Crowther troubled Warley with his height from set plays.

In the dying seconds Greetland were awarded a corner and following a scramble in the box a penalty was awarded for hand ball. With normal penalty takers Ainley and Woffenden off the pitch, Taylor showed his experience and calmly placed the ball home.

Sowerby Bridge’s hunt for a first win since promotion goes on following a 5-2 defeat at Elland United.

Shelf United were emphatic 3-0 home winners over Salem in a battle of Division One promotion contenders.

Salem went into the game unbeaten but made little impact with free-scoring Nick Green kept quiet by the outstanding Jonathan Farrell.

Shelf took a 1-0 lead in the first half playing against the slope, Joe Griffin maintaining his fine scoring run from Lee Riley’s through ball in the first 15 minutes.

Adie Balding, back in the first team, doubled Shelf’s lead early in the second half with a near post header from Griffin’s corner.

The home side, with Danny Thornton calling the shots in central midfield, missed chances before Balding’s second goal put more daylight between the teams.

Shelf went second but are 12 points behind leaders Northowram, although they have three games in hand.

A below-par Rams side chalked up their 10th straight league win but needed two goals in the final five minutes to see off a plucky visiting Halifax Irish side by 2-1 at the Rec.

Key to the success was the switching of James Waggett at half-time from the back four to midfield, an area that had been badly misfiring in the opening 45 minutes. His awareness and distribution, allied to a subtle weight of passing, were instrumental in an improved second half performance.

The Rams lost one playmaker, Danny King, to injury in the opening minutes and looked anything but league leaders playing down the slope.

Irish were the better side but although they failed to create chances, they took a deserved lead in the 45th minute courtesy of Martin Galvin’s free kick.

The Rams began the second half in more positive fashion. Chris Conroy’s shot was tipped over whilst Olly Spencer failed to convert a couple of good chances. Resolute defending protected Irish’s lead but with the light and the Rams’ chances fading, Irish failed to clear a throw-in and Danny Rushworth stole into the area and his close range header levelled the scores.

Three minutes later, in a frantic goalmouth scramble, Chris Dunne’s flick-on was turned in by Conroy for his 19th goal of the season.

Elland Allstars ended visitors Denholme United’s unbeaten start and boosted their own promotion hopes with a 3-1 home win.

Denholme had the lion’s share of possession in a physical first half but found it tough to get through the Elland back four of Gavin Foster, Osman Malik, Chris Turner and Sam Parry-Brown.

On the rare occasions they did ‘keeper Josh Bailes saved, the pick being a superb double stop when a Denholme striker broke through one-on-one.

Elland broke the deadlock mid-way through the first half, skipper Steven Mitchell’s glancing header beating three men on the line from Connor Bell’s corner.

Allstars then withstood several Denholme attacks and made it to half time 1-0 up.

Elland had more possession after the break but Denholme still forced plenty of corners.

The home side eventually doubled their lead when striker Chris Haigh teed up Mitchell for a stunning 30 yard drive and his second goal of the game.

Connor Bell added a third 10 minutes from time after beating the off-side trap, slotting home from the edge of the box.

Denholme pulled one back courtesy of an own goal from full back Pete Noble but it was too little too late for them.

Wadsworth United won the basement battle away to Greetland Reserves with the only goal of the game 10 minutes from time.

It came from substitute Mike McKelvey who headed in when Jonjo Lodge’s long throw was allowed to bounce.

As the score suggests, there were few chances with most of the goalmouth action coming late on.

Matty Marsden had a goal belatedly ruled out by the referee while Greetland came closest when a long ball bounced and hit the bar.

Wadswoth remain two points behind Sowerby Bridge Reserves, who were 4-3 home winners over Stainland United with the help of two goals from Luke Maguire.

Spring Hall Celtic went top of Division two on goal difference from AFC Crossleys after hot-shot Terriq Pervez fired them to a 7-2 home win over Midgley Reserves with four goals.

Calder ‘76 Reserves are a clear fourth after Luke Stones grabbed the only goal away to Sowerby United Reserves.

It was a red letter day for Shelf United Reserves’ James Broadbent who scored all his side’s goals in a 4-1 win away to Denholme Reserves, for whom Phil Poole netted.

The only game in Division Three, between third-placed West Central and second-placed Shelf FC, finished 2-2.

Sowerby United produced a highly impressive performance to win 3-1 at Ryburn United and book themselves a place in the semi-finals of the Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup.

A very even first half with few chances was dominated by defences.

Sowerby broke the deadlock early in the second half when Lee Barber played in Daniel Boyd, who coolly stroked the ball home.

Ryburn tried to hit back but were getting no joy from a solid Sowerby defence in which player manager Garry Boyd was outstanding.

The lead was doubled when Barber linked up with Joe Swallow, who produced a great finish.

Ryburn gave themselves hope when a James Lawton free kick got the faintest of touches off Oliver Brearley’s head to find its way into the net.

However, a great ball from Andrew Wadsworth sent Barber clear and as he rounded the ‘keeper he was brought down. The ‘keeper was dismissed and Joe Swallow made the game safe with the resulting penalty.

Sowerby are joined in the last four by fellow Premier Division side Copley United and Division Two outfit Mixenden United.

Copley beat AFC Crossleys from two divisions lower by 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Dan Dewick on target for Copley and Luke Horsfall for the visitors.

Mixenden upset Premier outfit Holmfield 3-2 with a brace from Martin Woodhouse and one from Travis Allinson, Gareth Gaukroger getting both home goals.

The Greetland versus Stump Cross match is yet to take place but the winners are likely to be favourites for the competition.

Division Three sides Brighouse Sports and Savile Arms beat division-higher foes in the Ricky O’Brien Invitation Cup.

Brighouse won 7-2 away to Halifax Irish Centre Reserves in round two while two goals from Jordan Goldthorpe helped Savile get the better of visitors King Cross Reserves by 3-2 in the third round.

Ryburn United Reserves, one of the highest-placed teams in the competition, were 4-0 winners away to Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves in round three.