Ovenden beaten in top-of-table clash

Andy Bailey (left) scored a stunning goal for Ovenden
Andy Bailey (left) scored a stunning goal for Ovenden

Ovenden West Riding’s hopes of virtually sealing the West Riding County Amateur League title on Saturday were dashed by a 4-3 defeat away to second-placed Bay Athletic.

Danny Megson’s side have still dropped one point fewer than their Huddersfield rivals and need to win their final two games at Steeton on Wednesday and at home to Storthes Hall on Saturday to be sure of a second trophy of the season.

Both remaining games are tricky ones for Ovenden, who won the Halifax FA Saturday Cup with a 4-0 win over Shelf Unitefd at Brighouse Town last Wednesday.

Bay still have four games to play in eight days but have coped well with a busy schedule so far.

Saturday’s defeat was West Riding’s first in the league since last August.

They got off to the worst possible start at Deighton, conceding a goal in the second minute. Ovenden’s defence was all at sea when they failed to pick up Mat Mulvihill on the right and he cut in and beat Chris Moroney from 18 yards,

The visitors hit back straight away when Jordan Coduri hit a superb 25 yarder passed Graham McLachlan.

Bay continued to take the game to West Riding. Nick Jagger and Andy Salm were getting the better of Mat Jones and Robbie Graham in midfield, but West Riding took the lead in spectacular fashion.

A Graham corner was met by Andy Bailey and his unbelievable overhead shot left McLachlan helpless.

Play continued from end to end and Bay levelled through Jagger’s header from a corner.

Bay went 3-2 up in the first minute of the second half. A stray Mat Devlin pass was intercepted by Brighton Mugadze and he raced through to beat Moroney from 12 yards.

West Riding were on the back foot for long periods but Jones and John Booth missed half chances.

In the 84th minute, Coduri put over a pin point centre and Booth’s header was too good for McLachan to make it 3—3.

However, Devlin’s clearing header fell to Perrin, who gleefully made it 4—3 for Bay to set up a knife edge finish to the season for both teams.