Lee looking to Mount serious title charge

Andy Woodhouse and Dave Oakes in action during the game between Acton Athletic and Greetland
Andy Woodhouse and Dave Oakes in action during the game between Acton Athletic and Greetland

Lee Mount continued their decent form in the Premier Division as they lifted themselves up to fourth with a 6-4 success over King Cross Sports.

They may have to learn to start games better however, as once again they fell behind to an early goal before rousing themselves and opening up a 4-2 lead at the break.

Callum Meade is on fire and netted a first half hat-trick after Rowan Ford had pulled Mount level.

Mount went on to dominate the second period with Ford netting his second goal followed by an excellent Des Morris strike.

Mount eased off and Sports were able to pull another couple of goals back, but it was too little too late.

Shoulder FC Northowram consolidated their mid-table position with a 6-2 success at Engineers.

Both sides produced some excellent football in a first half that was a fine advert for the Sunday game.

However, the second half had the edge taken off it as Engineers had a couple of decisions that didn’t go their way and had a player being sent off.

Shoulder immediately resorted to a 4-3-3 formation to pile the pressure on the 10 men, and it worked as they ran out comfortable winners as the home side tired.

James Hurtley netted twice as did substitute Lee Worrall, including the penalty when the Engineers player received his marching orders. James Conroy and Adam Ingham made up the tally.

Bottom club Mount Tabor had reason to celebrate after earning a point from a 3-3 draw against an FC Champs side who were looking to keep up the pressure on the leaders.

Tabor are still missing two or three key players but started very positively and took the lead after Luke Busfield played an excellent long ball forward to Martin Woodhouse who produced a great finish.

Champs equalised with Josh Hiley netting following a corner, but within a couple of minutes Tabor were back in front when a long clearance fooled the Champs keeper and Woodhouse was able to run on and knock the ball home.

Ryan Brook then latched onto a half-cleared corner to rifle the ball in for 2-2 at half-time, and it took until midway through the second half for Champs to take the lead for the first time when Kai Hadley netted from the edge of the box.

There were 10 minutes to go when Tabor fashioned their third goal through Martin Greenwood, and despite chances falling to both sides nobody could make the vital connection.

Sun Inn did their cause the power of good at the wrong end of the table after they inflicted a 9-3 defeat on The Vine while Carrington beat FC Royal of Pellon 5-1 at Beechwood Park.

A Jay Carney hat-trick and a brace from Jordan Coduri put Carrington in control by half-time. The visitors’ best chance of the half fell to Andy Farrell but Craig Turnbull saved well.

Sam Starsmore pulled one back for Royal straight after the break but Carrington continued to dominate possession. However, a series of wasted chances, and some excellent saves from Royal keeper Chris Moroney, meant there was no further score.

Stallions picked up only their second victory of the season in Division One as they saw off fellow strugglers Bradshaw 7-3.

Stallions started well and opened up a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back by a resolute Bradshaw side.

However, Stallions galloped into a 5-2 lead and although Bradshaw netted again, the home side were able to add another couple to their tally to run out deserved winners.

Aidy Parkinson weighed in with a brace with James Bugler, Andy Bottomley, Darrell Bingham, Danny Bugler, from the penalty spot, and Carl Patterson accounting for the rest.

Waiters Arms took advantage of Acton Athletic’s involvement in the League Cup to take over at the top following a 5-3 success at Oddfellows.

Ryburn United stormed to the top of the Division Two table after putting Stubbing Wharf to the sword in a 13-1 success, while at the other end Halifax Rangers are still anchored to the foot of the table following a 7-1 defeat by King Cross Sports Reserves.

A goal five minutes from time condemned Hollins Holme to a 5-4 defeat against fellow Division One high-flyers Thornhill Briggs in a tense Bridge Balti League Cup tie.

Both sides have shown fine form this season and were considered among the favourites to lift the silverware.

However, the draw was unkind in pitching them together at such an early stage, and it was Holme who were left to lick their wounds.

Holme had a few players unavailable and had to dip into the squad pool, and things looked bleak as they trailed 1-0 at the break then 3-0 into the second half.

Andrew Butterworth sowed the seeds of a comeback from the penalty spot after he had been fouled in the area, only for Briggs to make it 4-1, James Buckley and Alex Hallam bagging a brace each.

George Bamford was the second Holme player to net from the spot after Briggs keeper Glen Hall had brought him down after which James Chadwick made it 4-3, slotting home from a scramble in the box following a long throw.

Bamford then looked to have completed the late fightback when he fired home following a corner, but Holme’s hopes were dashed when Briggs went up the other end and substitute Rick Blunt netted the winner.

Old Pond edged the Brighouse derby with Top Club 3-1, but should have had their Division Two rivals out of sight but for the intervention of the woodwork on four first half occasions.

Michael Barlow both won and dispatched direct from a free kick as the Hove Edge side took the lead, but then was one of several Pond players to find the crossbar or upright.

Centre half Lee Williams was employed up front by Pond to add some steel against tough tackling opponents, and he nodded on allowing Lee Potter to glance home before the break.

The second half saw Top Club put Pond under pressure, and in Ryan Barkham had the best player on the pitch as his dribbling proved an excellent attacking outlet.

They got a goal back from the penalty spot, fired home by Nick Delaney, and piled on the pressure looking to force extra time.

Barkham looked odds on to do that having weaved through on goal, but Pond keeper Ben Briggs made an outstanding save to deny him while at the other end Chris Marsh gave Pond a late third to seal progression in the competition.

Queens Head needed a penalty shootout before seeing off Division Two side The Vine Reserves.

Kai Hallwood gave Queens the lead but Vine played some neat football and drew level before the break.

Carlton Balmer restored the home side’s advantage but Vine continued to plug away and deservedly drew level again.

Balmer looked like he had sent his side through to the quarter-finals, but in the last minute stand-in keeper Anthony Fenwick, who normally plays up front, punched the ball into his own net.

Extra time could not separate the sides and it needed Gareth Sherwood to make sure with the fourth penalty in a 4-2 success.

Division Two promotion hopefuls Rastrick Bowling Club heaped more misery on Division One basement battlers Royd Club with a 4-0 success, while Triangle saw off Division Two side King Cross Park 2-1.

Acton Athletic were in no mood to suffer a shock as they accounted for Greetland Goldstars 6-2 while Hens Face sent fellow Division Two side Beehive & Crosskeys tumbling out with a 4-3 win

Hebden Bridge also booked their passage with a 3-1 success over Ryburn Valley.

Ryburn started with 10 men and this led to Bridge taking it easy thinking the win was in the bag. However, it was Ryburn who took the lead after a mix up between full back Luigi Finelli and goalkeeper Kenny Bills with both players leaving the ball and the Ryburn striker nipped in to finish well.

With Ryburn now up to a full complement and leading 1-0, Hebden woke up and equalised soon after when, following some lovely passing and breaking down the wing, Aziz Dinc was hacked down just inside the penalty box and captain Paul Clayton stepped up to take the kick.

Amazingly he missed not once but twice with the ref ordering the penalty to be re-taken a third time and Finelli took over duties and calmly slotted home.

With half time approaching top scorer Gavin Martin set off on a run down the right hand side and after taking on the full back he saw the keeper off his line and smashed the ball over his head and into the top corner from 30 yards.

Hebden showed their class in the second half with some slick passing which created a number of chances and they deservedly added a third when Simon Stansfield’s free kick eluded everyone to sneak into the bottom corner.