Ovenden regret missed chances

Football - Ovenden West Riding v Hebden Royd Red Star. Scott Eastwood for Ovenden and Chad Godfrey for Red Star.
Football - Ovenden West Riding v Hebden Royd Red Star. Scott Eastwood for Ovenden and Chad Godfrey for Red Star.

Ovenden West Riding went above Halifax Irish Club on goal difference into fourth place in the West Riding County Amateur League yesterday.

A 2-2 home draw against Kirkburton did the trick but they were disappointed not to bank three points.

Irish’s Premier Division game at Salts was postponed,

The first half at Natty Lane was goalless. West Riding looked the more dangerous side through the likes of Scott Eastwood and Steve Fullard but missed chances and excellent goalkeeping by Jack Peacock kept the scoresheet blank.

Jordan Tindall and Richard Kettlewell were always in the thick of the visitors’ attacks.

The home side eventually took the lead on the hour mark when a superb 25 yard free kick by Eastwood beat Peacock all ends up.

“Burton” were soon on terms when Ovenden’s defence failed to clear a free kick and Iwan Heeley struck.

West Riding went 2-1 up straight from the restart when Josh Brown made inroads and his superb centre gave George Bamford the chance to score.

Bamford, Eastwood and Brown were guilty of some glaring misses, along with more brilliant saves from Peacock.

On 80 minutes Ovenden conceded a needless free kick on the edge of the area and Marcus Paul steered his effort inside Chris Moroney’s far upright.

Matty Parker took his goal tally for the season to 30 with two more as Elland side Huddersfield Amateur beat St Nicholas 6-2 in the second round of the West Riding Trophy.

The visitors to Old Earth are unbeaten in the Yorkshire Amateur League Championship but the teamwork and organisation of the home side was too much for them.

Saints took the lead after 20 minutes with a fine free kick from just outside the box, but Lee Thrush, Jacob Driver and Parker scored in quick succession before half time.

Jacob Driver extended the lead with half an hour to go before the visitors made it 4-2 with a contentious penalty after 80 minutes.

Goals from Parker and Thrush earned Amateur a home date with Leeds City Reserves in the next round on Saturday.