Sunday League: Hammers close the gap on leaders Waiters Arms

Sunday football - Halifax Hammers v Waiters Arms. Abubakar Dar for Hammers and Lee Wood for Waiters.
Sunday football - Halifax Hammers v Waiters Arms. Abubakar Dar for Hammers and Lee Wood for Waiters.

Halifax Hammers moved to within striking distance of leaders Waiters Arms with a 6-4 win in the Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League.

Hammers started nervously and found it difficult to break down a well organised Waiters side.

The league leaders took the lead through Lee Wood, but early substitute Awais Khan embarked on a brilliant run to set-up Terriq Pervez to equalise.

Another Pervez goal and an effort from Lamin Gitteh put Hammers into a 3-1 lead in the second-half.

But Waiters roared back with a brace from Dave Chappell, first when he was left unmarked in the box and then when he converted a good cross by Adam Helliwell.

Awais Khan, Khurram Shazad and Gitteh combined well to set-up Pervez, whose header regained Hammers’ lead.

Khurram Shazad registered Hammers; fifth of the day after rounding Waiters keeper Ethan Daly.

Pervez got his fourth after beating the offside trap to make it 6-3 before Chappell scored a late consolation.

Waiters boss Adam Fenton said: “We need to bounce back this weekend against a young Ryburn United side who always cause us problems.

“We also play them the week after in the quarter final of the Senior Cup.

“Last Sunday was just one of those days. Certain decisions went against us but sometimes that happens.

“Hammers were very dangerous on the break and that killed us really, although if we had put half our chances away we would have been out of sight before they went in front.

“We are never a team to sit back and when we got it back to 3-3 we went for the win. Even at 6-4 down with five minutes left we still went for it and were desperately unlucky with us hitting the bar, having one off the line and a blatant penalty not given.

“If you want to win the league though you have to win games like this. We will certainly not be giving up top spot without a fight though and halfway through we still lead the others.”

Lee Mount are now level on points with Waiters after a 6-1 win over Ryburn Valley.

In the quarter-finals of the League Cup, North Bridge battered Barum Top 7-0.

Stuart Blakey’s side produced the dream start to the match as they found themselves two goals to the good in the first ten minutes.

Sean Byrne netted direct from his corner, before Elliott Cuttle had a tap-in from another delivery into the penalty area.

Alex Broomfield scored from another corner after the interval before Niall Cuttle came to the fore with a hat-trick.

Cameron Scrimshaw then rounded off the scoring.

Halifax Amateurs also progressed in the cup after they beat Thrum Hall 6-3.