Mount go top after six goal blast

Lee Graham for St Columbas and Danny Kerry for Ma Baker's.
Lee Graham for St Columbas and Danny Kerry for Ma Baker's.

Lee Mount took over at the top of the Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League Premier Division courtesy of a 6-1 home success over Elland Sports.

Despite the scoreline, Mount made hard work of beating Elland who only had 10 men the whole game.

Another man of the match display, and a hat trick, for young Jack Normanton made sure Mount took the spoils.

It was not all plain sailing as some sloppy play after half time could have cost them dear had Elland been at full strength with a number of chances squandered for both sides.

The other goals came from Callum Meade (2) and Rohan Ford.

FC Bowling Green found themselves pegged back as they were forced to share the spoils from a 2-2 home draw with Halifax Hammers.

A game between two evenly-matched sides in difficult conditions proved hard to predict with Green having marginally the better chances.

Ash Rayner’s attempted lob over the keeper only found the top of the goal while Oli Smith’s diving header was well-saved.

Green finally made the breakthrough after 35 minutes when Ryan Brook’s free-kick into the area was headed in by Smith.

Hammers hit back with a number of half chances but were unable to draw level before the break.

The second half followed a similar pattern before Green went 2-0 up with Oliver Brierley noddihg in from Chris Dennison’s in-swinging corner.

The game changed dramatically when Hammers reduced the deficit from the penalty spot after a Dennison handball, and they rescued the point when, following some decent pressure, a goalmouth scramble finally fell to the feet of a Hammers striker who slotted home.

Top Club got their season back on track in Division One with a 6-2 win at Ryburn Valley.

Top Club manager Matthew Spink issued an ultimatum to the players before kick off where he demanded they improved their attitude or he would walk away.

The players clearly heeded those words as they got off to a flyer when a Ryan Barkham cross was turned in by a Ryburn defender. The lead was doubled when a cross was met by Tom Gorringe who fired home from 10 yards.

Top Club continued to apply pressure and won a penalty when Gorringe was brought down in the box. Veteran Nick Delaney stepped up and calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner.

The visitors still had time to grab one more before half time when a Lee Handley cross was again deflected in by a Ryburn defender.

Top Club extended their advantage straight after the break when Dan Lax was put through and he fired past the keeper.

The hosts pulled one back when James Lord turned the ball into his own net to make it the third own goal of the match.

Top Club bounced straight back with another Nick Delaney penalty. Finally Ryburn scored a late goal with a clinical finish.

Queens Head were another side to pick up welcome points following a 2-0 success at Royd Club.

Royd started the quicker in the game which was played in a good spirit and well-refereed by Tony Bennett.

Queens slowly gained the upper hand and took the lead through Anthony Fenwick.

The visitors continued to make the running and forced the Royd keeper into a couple of good saves.

Queens went on to have the better of the second half exchanges with Tom Atkinson and James Chippendale pulling the strings in midfield before Joe Bryson’s well-struck free-kick made the game safe

Lewis Brierley was on target three times as Ryburn United coasted to a 6-1 home success over Triangle.

An own goal set United on their way before Lewis Cockroft doubled the advantage.

Brierley’s first goal made it 3-0 at the break after which he went on to net another two.

Matty Lamb added the sixth before Triangle scored a late consolation.

A potentially tense Division Two affair between Brown Cow and Old Pond Reserves proved far from the case with the home side romping to a 10-3 success.

Cow started fast and stormed into a early lead with a double from Scott Carney, including an inspired finish following a killer ball from Tommy Robinson. Cow added a third with Robinson’s rasping shot proving too hot for the keeper to handle.

Carney added a fourth following a rebound before Rory Thickett’s fine strike, following some great football, made it 5-0 at the break.

Robinson made it six with a decent strike early in the second period before Pond rallied and scored two quick goals.

Robinson completed his hat-trick following great play from man of the match Ash Scully who proved a menace all game with with his driving runs.

Scott Carney turned provider for Scott Cartman to score his first goal of the season to make it 8-2 before Robinson found Cartman’s head and he powered the ball into the net,

Cartman completed his first ever treble with a diving header after great link up play with Ash Scully.

Pond still continued to press and scored a third in the last few minutes.

Josh Brown, Trev Allinson and Steve Roberts netted the goals for Ovenden Phoenix in their 3-0 victory over Halifax Rangers.

The win was based on a strong and well-organised defence with new dad Sam Whitaker in goal keeping a clean sheet.

Referee Craig Salmons controlled the game well and Sidney Wan was man of the match.