Lumb’s excellent late free-kick boosts Greetland’s title hopes

Greetland drew level on points with Ryburn United at the top of the Premier Division in the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax & District AFL with a 3-2 win at Sowerby United.

The game was one of seven out of 19 to beat the frost on Saturday and Asa Lumb’s late winner left Sowerby just one point clear of the relegation places

A low key first half offered nothing of note in terms of goalmouth action, although Danny Dorward wasn’t too far away with an effort for the visitors.

Defences dominated with Dan Taylor and Adam Kershaw for Sowerby and Lumb and Matt Oldfield for Greetland comfortably dealing with anything their opponents could muster.

However, Greetland went ahead just before the break when Carl Ainley was left unmarked at the back post and powered home a header from Andy Hurcombe’s cross.

Early in the second half Nial Carrington doubled Greetland’s lead when he produced a great first touch and a better second as he lobbed both the keeper and defence from the edge of the area.

Sowerby made changes and started to press with Carl Maguire a big threat and Andrew Wadsworth making some driving runs at the visitors defence.

Sowerby pulled one back when Dan Taylor’s long throw was headed home by Rajko Jovanovic and then levelled with the goal of the game. Jake Allot released Lee Thomas, he threaded the ball through to Jovanovic and his pass found Maguire who stroked the ball home from 18 yards.

Greetland grabbed a late winner when Dorward broke through and was brought down on the edge of the area. Lumb unleashed an unstoppable curling effort into the top corner from the free kick.

Sowerby still pressed and were unlucky when Jovanovic saw his header bounce on top of the bar and over.