Swaine’s double brings Oddfellows relief

Bowling Green v Carrington. Joe Swallow.
Bowling Green v Carrington. Joe Swallow.

Oddfellows put aside their poor Premier Division form to book a place in the third round of the Eddie Hebblethwaite Halifax FA Sunday Cup with a 3-0 win at Division Two side King Cross Park.

Cross kicked off with the wind behind them and within two minutes had the first chance which went narrowly past Aaron Jackson’s post.

Oddfellows were then awarded a free kick which was floated in by man of the match Luke Oldridge. The ball was headed clear by Nathan Drake and Martin Eland went up the other end and fired just wide.

Scott Collingwood and Jack Rice were combining well with Luke Oldridge on the left hand side and this led to a cross being sliced into his own net by Nathan Drake with ‘keeper Tom Stacey helpless.

Both sides then had a player booked before Luke Oldridge and Jack Rice forced Tom Stacey into great saves as the weather started to have an impact.

The second half saw Cross force Aaron Jackson into making several saves before Luke Oldridge broke and forced Tom Stacey into action.

The resulting corner was cleared and ended up going out for a throw to King Cross.This proved the strength of the wind as the ball was thrown into the penalty area and went out on the far side of the pitch for a throw to Oddfellows.

The game looked destined to stay at 1-0 when Oddfellows brought on the returning from injury Chris Swaine.

Oddfellows were then awarded a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area Swaine’s shot flew past the helpless Tom Stacey.

Just before the end a cross was headed into the net by Swaine to make the game safe.

FC Bowling Green and Carrington fought out an expected close encounter with Adam Sharp’s second half goal settling the tie in favour of the home side.

Carrington could have put the cat among the pigeons late on when Ryan Brook was sent off for deliberate handball on the goalline but Robbie Graham failed with the resultant spot kick.

They also had a ‘goal’ chalked off for handball from an inswinging corner in the first half after Green had twice threatened through Josh Gill.

There was little to choose between the two sides after Green had started well while their defence and ‘keeper Craig Lobley were equal to the task when the visitors threatened.

The breakthrough came on the hour when Sam Taylor’s long throw was flicked on by Sharp. The ball hit a defender and fell nicely for Sharp to poke home.

Carrington laid seige to the Green goal but a combination of fine defending and solid goalkeeping continued to thwart them until the final whistle.

Joel Booth’s Hollins Holme are not going to give up their possession of the cup easily if their 6-1 thumping of Division One side Queens Head is anything to go by.

Andrew Butterworth netted a hat-trick and Rob Day scored twice as Queen’s Head’s brave effort was all in vain.

Day sidefooted home the first from Steve Senior’s corner after 15 minutes, after which Butterworth scored his first from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by the ‘keeper.

Queens responded with a screamer from distance which saw them go into the break just one goal in arrears.

However, Holme turned up the heat in the second period and a Rob Stansfield free-kick from deep in his own half bounced and evaded everybody for 3-1.

James Chadwick flicked on a header for Butterworth to add his second with 20 minutes to go and he completed his treble five minutes later, blasting into the top corner from the penalty spot following a handball.

It was left to Day to round things off when he beat four players before slotting home.

Halifax Hammers came out on top by 6-3 in an entertaining tie with a talented Ma Bakers side in a game well refereed by Wayne Cotton.

Their success was largely thanks to man of the moment Terriq Pervez who grabbed five goals.

Hammers defied the wet and windy conditions to take the lead when a neat move saw Ahsan Farooq play in Pervez who smashed the ball home.

Hammers failed to capitalise on their chances and that allowed Ma Bakers to pull a goal back.

Within two minutes Hammers were back in front through a lovely team goal involving irfan Afzal, Mohammed Ozair and captain Mohammed Yasser, who combined to set up Pervez’s cool finish.

Ma Bakers continued to play their passing game and were rewarded on 44 minutes when a lack of communication between ‘keeper Hussain Farooq and left back Jasim Saleh allowed them to score direct from corner. Ma Bakers then immediately hit the front with a well-taken free-kick.

Hammers upped the tempo and scored three times in a four minute spell through Pervez. Hammers scored another late on through Awais Ashfaq.

Lee Mount made their senior status tell with a 5-2 success over Top Club.

Top Club got off to the perfect start when Tom Gorringe won a free kick deep in the Lee Mount half. The ball was spilled by the home ‘keeper and centre half James Lord was there to tap in the rebound.

Mount then started get in the game and bagged the equaliser through a route one long ball which was neatly finished.

Mount then took the lead though another long ball and then grabbed another before half time making the score 3-1.

Mount scored another early in the second period before Top Club clawed one back through Ryan Barkham. Barkham almost scored another when his free kick went narrowly wide.

Top Club also missed a great opportunity to make it 3-4 when Gorringe failed to score from the penalty spot before Mount grabbed a late goal to secure their progression to the next round.

Ryburn United showed their strength in extra time as they saw off the considerable challenge from North Bridge by 9-5.

The game was locked at 5-5 after 90 minutes following a game of tit-for-tat scoring.

The extra minutes proved vital for the visitors who clicked into gear and scored four times without reply.

Lewis Cockroft and Joe Thompson both claimed hat-tricks with Jake Brown, substitute Ted Fraine and an own goal accounting for the rest.

Halifax Rangers continued their climb up the Division Two table following a 4-1 victory against a Weavers side who may have felt the result did them something of a disservice.

The hosts dominated the early proceedings, only to be undone when they failed to deal with Mark Owens’ long throw, and Greg Austin pounced to put Rangers ahead. The visitors then took command and doubled their lead when Josh Skinner’s cross from the left was turned in by Dave Oakes.

Weavers then rued a succession of missed gilt-edged chances when Owens’s long ball found Austin in space and he gave Rangers a 3-0 half-time lead. After the break Rangers’ goal led something of a charmed life as Weavers hit both bar and post, and then were thwarted by a superb save from Josh Ward.

Weavers did manage to pull one goal back through left-back Wayne Place, who cut inside before unleashing an unstoppable shot, but Rangers regained the initiative and when Mike Kellett tried his luck from fully 35 yards, Weavers keeper Pete Webster fumbled the dropping ball over the line.

A decent second half display saw West Central claim maxim,um points from a 3-1 home success over a very spirited Plummet Line

It was an edgy first half between both teams in windy conditions on the moor with West Central unable to put the finishing touch to their good build up play.

Plummet Line were strong throughout and their perseverance paid off with a scrappy goal from a corner.

West Central started the second half the better with some fine passing exchanges which led to the man of the match Lamin Jnr taking advantage and bagging a brace.

Once 3-1 up West Central never looked like conceding in a game well officiated by Tony Bennett.