Resurgent Rangers through in County Trophy

Dene Heppenstall for Elland and Tom Wright for Old Pond.
Dene Heppenstall for Elland and Tom Wright for Old Pond.

A resurgent Halifax Rangers continued their recent good form with a 4-0 demolition of Wetherby Athletic Reserves in the first round of the West Riding Sunday Trophy.

Rangers survived an early scare but never looked back once centre-forward Dave Oakes had hammered home the first goal from the edge of the box.

Oakes went on the grab a hat-trick, with his individual effort which doubled Rangers’ lead the pick, finding the far corner after sidestepping a couple of players in the box.

The home side never let the visitors settle, with Martin Bishop, who arrived directly from hospital having just become a father for the first time, epitomising their spirit with a battling display in midfield.

Josh Skinner made it 3-0 in the second half, with Oakes going on to grab his third with a header which went in off both posts.

Carrington booked their place in the second round of the West Riding Sunday Cup after beating Bradford Alliance League side Wrose Albion 3-0 at Beechwood Park.

Both sides traded blows early on before Jay Carney opened the scoring with a fine strike from the edge of the box.

The home side doubled their lead when Jordan Coduri leapt like a salmon to head home a Leon Hurles-Brook corner.

Liam Brook then grabbed the third just before the break with a deflected effort from 20 yards.

Despite the scoreline, the first half had been fairly competitive but the game petered out after the break and there was no further score as Carrington coasted to a comfortable win.

FC Bowling Green returned to the top of the Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League Premier Division courtesy of a 5-3 home win over Oddfellows.

However, it was far from plain-sailing as Oddfellows overcame a 2-0 interval deficit to lead 3-2 with 10 minutes to go.

That was the signal for Sam Taylor to step up and his eight minute hat-trick secured the points.

Green’s Dan Taylor was full of praise for Oddfellows, claiming that they were one of the best footballing sides he had seen for some time.

Gregg Porter struck twice in the first half - first with a deflected shot following good work from Jake Allott and Dean Lewis, and then with a curling 20 yard effort.

Oddfellows hit their stride after the interval with three goals coming from a mixture of fine football and poor defending.

Ady Parkinson with two and Aaron Green were the men on target as they sensed victory.

A change of formation brought about a change of fortunes for Green as Taylor pulled one back from Chris Dennison’s assist before Reece Uttley was brought down in the area and Taylor netted from the spot despite the ‘keeper getting something on the shot.

Oddfellows poured forward in the hope of snatching an equaliser but they were undone when Taylor wrapped things up.

North Bridge brushed aside Rastrick Bowling Club with a crushing 7-2 victory in Division One.

Rastrick raced into an early lead before being pegged back by a Slater Barnes equaliser. Dean Crossley made it 2-1 before a Barnes cross was turned into the Rastrick goal by the unfortunate Dobson. It was 4-1 just before half time when Tyrone Hewson released Barnes to slip in his second and Bridge’s fourth.

It was more of the same after half time as Bridge raced to 7-1 with an excellent solo goal from Tom Hoodless, a second for Crossley with man of the match Barnes completing his hat-trick.

There was still time for a breakaway consolation as a long goal kick was poked into the Bridge net

Brown Cow and Weavers shared the spoils in Division Two after a thrilling 4-4 draw.

Brown Cow came out strongly and went ahead in under 10 minutes when an excellent cross from the left from Jack Robinson found Kyle Tyers in the box who headed home superbly.

It was not long before the lead was doubled with Ryan Carney running through on goal and slotting low past the on-coming ‘keeper.

Weavers replied soon after but Brown Cow stayed strong and made it 3-1 when a good attack up the left saw Kyle Tyers deliver a pass into the box for Ross Ashcroft to turn the ball past the ‘keeper at the back post.

Weavers grabbed their second from the penalty spot and were growing in confidence. However, Brown Cow snatched their fourth through Kyle Tyers’ second when the ball fell to him outside the box and he lifted it up and over the ‘keeper.

With legs tiring Weavers struck twice in quick succession and while there were still chanves in the final 10 minutes both sides had to settle for a draw.