Sowerby meet Challenge to see off holders Elland

Sowerby United produced a top drawer performance to send holders Elland United crashing out of the Challenge Cup.

A brace from Jonny Collins set up a semi-final meeting with Greetland.

Elland were pressed back with some fine build up play from Sowerby. Man of the Match Corey Henderson was a constant threat with his pace and skill while Joe Swallow was also getting forward and causing problems.

Anthony Campbell worked hard in midfield for Elland to try and get a grip of the game but Sowerby’s Ryan Brook, Chris Punda and Jonny Collins were having none of it.

It was on the half hour mark when Sowerby got the breakthrough, Punda and Swallow combining before releasing Lee Barber, who pulled the ball back for Collins to fire home.

Sowerby continued to press and soon doubled their lead when Collins rose above the home defenders to powerfully head home from a Henderson corner.

Elland came out fighting in the second period and Sowerby had to defend well. Campbell, Carl Amos and Mark Kelsey were dangerous but were kept at bay by some solid defending.

Garry Boyd and Ryan Brook were key men for Sowerby and Danny Boyd was superb on the left.

Boyd departed with a broken nose with 10 minutes left but Sowerby were determined and held out for a fine win.

Midgley United made the most of their game in hand as they took over at the top of the Halifax AFL Premier Division with a comprehensive 3-0 success at Greetland.

Conditions were far from ideal but Midgley adapted well and were excellent value for the three points.

However, they had to overcome a mini crisis before kick off with regular keeper Steven Butterworth unavailable as his wife was due to give birth and second choice Jordan Juma was drafted in despite suffering from food poisoning.

However, Midgley were still able to keep their second clean sheet in three games as the defence remained solid and restricted the home side to very few clear cut chances.

Midgley opened the scoring after 15 minutes with Tom Booth heading in a cross from the dangerous George Bamford.

Midgley continued to create chances but were unable to add to their tally before the break.

The second half saw them have the better of the brisk wind and they made it count with a dominant display.

Greg Spink doubled their advantage after latching onto a loose ball and letting fly from 20 yards, after which Booth hit the woodwork and Bamford failed to make the most of a couple of decent opportunities.

He made amends however when his pace again caused problems in the Greetland defence and he was upended in the box leaving Andrew Butterworth to slot home from the spot.

Holmfield picked up their second victory of the season with a 9-3 success at Copley United in the top flight’s only other game

Hebden Royd Red Star went four points clear of inactive Sowerby Bridge at the top of Division One following a hard fought 3-2 home success over Elland Allstars.

Elland started well and played some nice football inside the Red Star half but they were restricted to a couple of shots from distance which were comfortably dealt with by Glynn Claxton.

Red Star took the lead midway through the half as Harry West’s long throw caused problems in the Allstars area and Jordan Dean controlled the ball with his chest before poking home from six yards.

That lead was doubled shortly afterwards, some neat interplay between Chris Garbutt and Daniel Lumb releasing front man Charles Marshall,who shot underneath the ‘keeper from a tight angle.

Having been second best, the hosts found themselves two goals to the good but the visitors continued to dominate and pulled a goal back 10 minutes before the interval.

Red Star failed to clear a corner and the ball was laid off to the edge of the box, Jamie Eaton unwittingly deflecting the low effort beyond Claxton.

Minutes after the break it was all square. Claxton’s attempted clearance was charged down just outside the area, leaving the Elland front man with the simple task of rolling the ball into an empty net.

The hosts were rocking but responded well with James Chadwick and Lumb dominating the midfield battle and Elland beginning to tire.

Ryan Thomas and Danny Willars came on up front and when Allstars failed to deal with a Chadwick corner, Willars fired in a shot from 12 yards which the ‘keeper could only parry into the net.

Having gone behind very early on to a penalty, Greetland Reserves put in a great performance to take all three points from their 3-2 Division Two victory at AFC Crossleys.

Oliver Jefferson scored the equaliser with a cool finish on his return from injury before Joe Duffy and Brian Vickers set up Darryl Camp for the second.

Crossleys equalised with a thunderbolt strike from 30 yards before half time but young in form striker Ellis Dixon scored to make it 3-2 early in the second half.

Greetland ‘keeper Dave Walker then went on to make some great saves late on to ensure his side remain unbeaten in five games.

Two sides looking to secure a safe mid-table position boosted their hopes with victories on Saturday.

Halifax Irish Centre secured three valubale points with a 5-2 success over Elland United Reserves while bottom club Sowerby United Reserves surprisingly held top of the table Sowerby Bridge Reserves to a 3-3 draw.

There was no respite for Salem Reserves, who suffered a third heavy defeat at the hands of Savile Arms this season when beaten 5-1 at home in Division Three.

It was always going to take a mighty effort from the under-strength hosts against their youthful visitors, who play a quick passing game.

Matty Stones’s side tried to knock Savile out of the stride and in a scrappy affair survived 20 minutes before away man of the match Will Chappell beat Timothy Brown from 10 yards.

Salem’s old habit of squandering possession resurfaced and it was no suprise then when Chappell outran his marker before smashing home his second.

Ory Goldthorpe made it 3-0 on the hour but Salem put a few attacks together and when Louis Halstead was fouled, Kallum Burnside mis-hit effort crept into the bottom corner on the third bounce as embarrassed keeper Liam Hancock writhed about in the mud.

Paul Crabtree’s header flew over the vbar for Salem, who might have had a penalty in the second half.

As the pitch turned into a quagmire it took its toll on the older legs of Salem and late goals from Jordan Goldthorpe and Chappell sealed victory, sub Josh Lumb blowing two late chances for the hosts.

Calder 76 reserves continue to set the pace following a 4-2 success at Brighouse Sports.

Marc Walters put Calder ahead only for Brighouse to level and then take the lead after the break.

Walters struck again to restore parity and the points were sealed when Steven Jones netted the fourth and Danny Mitchel rounded things off.

Shelf slammed eight goals past Volunteer Arms Reserves without reply to maintain third place