Mount forced to work hard for win

Football - Shoulder, Northowram v Feathers. James Hurtley for Shoulder and Matthew Seekins for Feathers.
Football - Shoulder, Northowram v Feathers. James Hurtley for Shoulder and Matthew Seekins for Feathers.

Lee Mount made it seven wins on the bounce in the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League Premier Division.

However, they were made to work hard by bottom club Mount Tabor before running out 3-2 winners.

Lee Mount largely dominated but missed chances were the major issue with Mark Womersley the main culprit, missing four great opportunities including one from just three yards.

Jordan Pettifor finally broke the deadlock following a fantastic cross from man of the match Jack Normanton, his superb overhead kick flying into the top corner.

Lee Mount missed further chances to put the game to bed and they were made to pay when Tabor broke free and Michael Ascough equalised after a mix up in the Lee Mount defence. Then two minutes later Ascough put Tabor ahead, again breaking the offside trap to slot the ball into the bottom corner.

Lee Mount began to pick up and Desmond Morris came off the bench to set up Gareth Gaukroger for the equaliser. Morris then went on to finish Tabor off with a nutmeg past the keeper.

FC Barge ran out 5-3 winners at Waiters Arms.

Both teams struggled to get hold of the game in the first 15 minutes before Barge finally took the lead when good work from Alex Hallam saw him cross for Daniel Lax who slotted a neat volley into the bottom corner.

Waiters had chances to equalise but the game became a tale of both ‘keepers as they kept their respective teams in the game.

Barge then managed to grab two quick goals, Jordan Parnell ghosting into the area and scoring a header from a Daniel Lax cross and Richard Heins sending a cross in which evaded everybody for a 3-0 half-time lead.

Waiters then had a couple of chances to get back in the game, as did FC Barge to pull further away. However, a combination of good defending and brilliant goalkeeping from both sides ensured it stayed 3-0 until Daniel Lax raced forward and squared for Hall for an easy tap in.

Hallam then scored again and missed a penalty, but with 15 minutes left Barge took their foot of the gas and Waiters grabbed three goals back one of which ended up being tapped in from a yard after a goalmouth scramble involving a number of players

Halifax Hammers and King Cross Sports shared the spoils from a 6-6 thriller.

Hammers raced into a 3-0 lead in 19 minutes with Kashif Akmal, Terriq Pervez and Khurram Shazad scoring for home side.

Sports pulled it back to 3-2 with goals from Sam Taylor and James Dodd before Khurram Shazad scored again before half time to make it 4-2 at the break.

The second half saw Sports exert early pressure and score three quick goals through Joe Sykes, Mark Dennis and Sam Taylor to take a 5-4 lead.

Hammers hit back through Terriq Pervez before Khurram Shazad completed his second successive hat-trick to make it 6-5 to Hammers.

With six minutes left Sports won a penalty and James Dodds scored to level matters.

Hammers nearly won it right on full time with Mohammad Ozair beating four players but his effort was just wide.

Shoulder FC Northowram claimed maximum points with the odd goal in nine giving them a home victory over Feathers FC while Engineers secured an excellent 3-2 win at Elland Sports.

Triangle took great strides towards securing Division One football for next season after AJ Brown’s double hat-trick gave them a 6-2 win over Rastrick AFC.

AJ pounced on a rebound after a great diving save from Rastrick ‘keeper Daniel Barnes to push his side into an early lead, and doubled the advantage after good link-up play with brother Ben. Rastrick threatened with a string of corners and their pressing was rewarded, Joel Abdy poking home from close range after ‘Angle failed to clear lines.

Rastrick thought they had equalised before half time, a long range shot crashing off the bar onto the line - but the Carr Green mens’ appeals were waved away by referee John Hollis.

Rastrick pushed on and equalised soon after the restart with impact sub Arron Burnside charging through the defence and passing across the ‘keeper for Bradley Rufus to tap into an empty net.

The equaliser woke Triangle up, and central midfielders Daniel Watson and Damien Cook started to control play in the middle, giving ‘Angle a lot more attacking purpose.

After a set of spurned Triangle chances, AJ got his first hat-trick with a placed free-kick, before taking advantage of a tiring Rastrick defence to add another three goals in the last 15 minutes.

The top of the table clash ended with honours even as Old Pond and Hollins Holme fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Pond dominated the first period and took the lead when Michael Barlow hit a cultured strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Pond doubled their advantage just after the interval when the otherwise solid away side’s defence made a blunder from a cross allowing Paul Taylor to slide the ball home.

Hollins rallied well and dominated the remainder of the second period and deservedly drew level.

George Bamford broke away down the left and finished confidently before Ben Clayton notched with a difficult near post header.

Oddfellows continue to split Pond and Holme in second place following their 5-0 home victory over Queens Head.

Oddfellows took the lead early on with a powerful header from Chris Swaine. Further goals then came from Aaron Green, Jack Rice and Swaine with his second to give the hosts a comfortable 4-0 half time lead.

Queens pressed in the second half but it was to no avail. Jack Rice then added his second midway through the half before Queens had a man sent off but the result was already in the bag.

Ryburn Valley leap-frogged Bradshaw into fourth place following a 4-1 success at their rivals

Leaders Top Club made the best possible start to the new year in Division Two, taking all three points with a 5-2 victory at King Cross Park.

Top Club dominated possession early on and got their rewards when man of the match Tom Gorringe was played through and slotted home to put the Rastrick side in front. Soon after a Gorringe long throw was met by Gary Nicholson six yards out to tap in to make it 2-0.

The second half continued in the same way as the first. Ryan Barkham and Dan McCloud caused the King Cross defenders all sorts of problems and the pressure paid off when Tom Gorringe scooped a free kick over the wall where Ryan Barkham was there to volley in.

King Cross Park grabbed a goal back with some good counter attacking football, however Top Club scored immediately when a Jamie Rice cross was met by Lee Handley who volleyed in from 25 yards.

Park gained another goal due to a defensive mix up before the game was finished off when Tom Gorringe struck the ballinto the bottom corner from 30 yards.

Halifax Hammers Reserves were knocked off the top perch following a 6-1 defeat at Hens Face while North Bridge moved to within a point of second place with a 4-0 win at Beehive and CrossKeys.