Sunday League: Waiters prove too strong for Hollins

David Chappell
David Chappell

Waiters Arms made it back-to-back wins in the Halifax Sunday League Premier Division with a 5-2 victory against Hollins Holme at Trinity Academy.

Waiters were pipped to the title last season by Halifax Hammers, now FC Panda, but made it two wins out of three against a Hollins side who never really got going in the rain on an artificial surface in spite of the boost of an early goal via Sam Tattersall’s great strike.

Hollins were 3-1 down by half time and conceded a fourth after about 70 minutes before Richard Williams got one back with a good header from the edge of the box into the top corner.

However, Waiters went straight back down the other end to reply with David Chappell and Harry Talbot among their scorers.

Lee Mount have now lost three of their first five games after a 7-4 home defeat to Bradshaw, thanks to a hat-trick from Leon Hurles-Brook and two apiece from Jordan Coduri and Thomas Robinson, while in the other Premier Division match, Ryburn United registered their first win of the season, 2-0, at Ryburn Valley.

In Division One, FC Panda Reserves made it five wins out of five with a hard-fought win at home to Thrum Hall.

The visitors were missing several key players, and were forced to field two new signings in Scott Clarke and Jack Rotheray.

Thrum Hall took the lead on 16 minutes when a ball over the top from Regan Martin was latched onto by Jamie Casey who neatly rounded the keeper and put the ball in the empty net.

Keeper Daniel Hoyle produced a man-of-the-match display with some fine saves, but he inadvertently gave Panda the equaliser as a Thrum Hall defender attempted to clear an effort off the line, the keeper couldn’t react quick enough and palmed the ball into the net.

Hoyle produced some more excellent saves after the interval, keeping Panda at bay until the 70th minute when a low cross was deflected into the net.

Panda then took advantage of some tired Thrum Hall legs as Sohail Bashir and Wajid Nawaz also got on the scoresheet.

Woodhouse followed up their first ever Halifax Sunday League win a fortnight earlier with a convincing 4-1 home success over Halifax Rangers on Sunday.

The breakthrough came just after the break. Joe Connor found his cousin Jay with a short through ball and smashed home.

Jay Connor scored the second not long after, collecting the ball just outside the area and knocking it past the keeper.

Rangers pulled one back with a fine strike before Woodhouse were then awarded a penalty for a foul on Jay Connor, but Ryan Bulcock’s spot kick was saved.

An excellent ball from Adam Gray enabled Jay Connor to slot home and substitute Connor Murphy and Jake Lorimer set up Jay Connor to complete his hat-trick.

Old Pond responded well to a heavy County Trophy defeat last time out by picking

up three points against old foes Triangle in The Briggs Priestley Halifax Sunday

League with a 3-1 win.

Paul Taylor’s side made a great start on a sodden Savile Park when Josh Van Gestel’s corner was forced home via a deflection from the boot of Lewis Hobson.

A Richard Dawson through ball was then venomously smashed home from 25 yards out by captain Hayden Lewis.

The home side pulled a goal back before the break with a looping effort into the top corner.

Hayden Lewis missed a penalty for Old Pond, who wrapped up the points in the dying stages when Shane Kelly tapped home a cross after a communication breakdown in the Triangle defence.

Elsewhere in Division One, King Cross Park beat winless Barum Top 6-2.