Watkins helps sink former club

Stump Cross are the every pace-setters in the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL, making it six points out of a possible six with a 2-0 win over Holmfield at Shroggs Park on Saturday.

stump started the brighter with Matt Calland going close and Damien Watkins hitting a post.

Good work in midfield from the tireless trio of Liam Brompton, Ben Hiley and Tom Robinson prevented Holmfield from mountaing a serious threat.

On 35 minutes ex-Holmfield skipper Watkins unleashed a 30 yard volley, which gave ‘keeper Craig Lobley no chance.

The visitors created a few chances in the second half, Luke Greenwood going closest, but Watkins and Dean Lewis combined to set up Robinson to clinch the game on 70 minutes with a delicate chip.

Sowerby United were the most handsome winners in the five games in the top section on Friday evening, thumping promoted Copley United 5-0.

Sowerby started brightly but Copley matched them, with Danny Dewick outstanding.

Corey Henderson rounded off a fine move to open the scoring and the lively Lee Barber made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after being brought down.

Copley had a good spell early in the second but could not penetrate a solid defence and Henderson scored his second before a 40 yard chip from the outstanding Joe Swallow and a 30-yard curler from Barber completed the scoring.

Greg Spink started and finished the scoring as promoted Midgley United beat derby rivals Calder ‘76 4-1.

Spink fired them in front on 10 minutes after a Tom Booth shot had been blocked and Booth doubled the advantage with a shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

Calder were given a lifeline through Ashman, after a mix-up involving Andy and Steve Butterworth but Remi Allen’s dismissed for dissent hit Calder’s hopes.

The visitors fought hard with Simon Stansfield and Scott Carney to the fore but George Bamford made it 3-1 from Darren Nelson’s cross and Spink’s deflected shot completed the scoring.

Ryburn United were cock-a-hoop after a 3-1 home win over champions Elland United, matching fire with fire and taking the lead through Chris Silkstone after fine play from Adam Sharp, Gaz Hodgson, Rob Gerrard and Billy grogan.

Mark Kelsey equalised following a throw in after 30 minutes but Ryburn took a grip on the game after the break with Craig Peckover and Sharp dominant at the back.

Grogan turned and fired home on the hour, after good work from Ed Hyland, and sub Joe Ackroyd made an immediate impact with the third, Ash Rayner making three of four timely saves for Ryburn throughout the contest.

There was a rare goal for Johnny Lister as Shelf United won 3-0 at Crossleys on their belated start to the season while Carl Ainley and Danny Maguire were on target for Greetland and Warley, who drew 1-1.

Hebden Royd Red Star and Salem show the way in Division One after registering their second wins.

A Jordan Dean hat-trick gave Red Star a 3-0 home win over Volunteer Arms, who might have had two goals early on.

Red Star eventually found their feet and after Chris Garbutt had gone close and a foul on Ryan Thomas was ruled to be just outside the box, Dean scored a quick double.

The first was a close range header from Thomas’s long throw and the second a shot into the bottom corner after Eddie Harvey’s shot was blocked.

The game was effectively put to bed shortly after the interval, as Harry West’s long throw was flicked on by Garbutt and Dean headed home from barely a yard out.

Salem followed up their win at Northowram with a 5-1 success away to Halifax Irish Centre, dangerman Nick Green bagging a hat-trick.

The Rams were edged out by the odd goal in seven in an end-to-end thriller at Denholme.

Michael Midgley pounced to put the home side ahead but Danny King shot from long distance swerved into the top corner for 1-1.

Both keepers were busy but the hosts finished the half the stronger and were rewarded when a free kick took a slight deflection on its way in.

Denholme added another just after the break but Paul Glew cut the deficit, only for Neil Roberts’ low shot to give Chris Bunn no chance.

In the gathering gloom Danny Rushworth rose well to head home Chris Conroy’s corner for Northowram’s third.

Martin Bates scored four times for Sowerby bridge but his side still lost 5-4 away to promoted Elland Allstars while Mixenden United also won on their travels, by 3-0 at Stainland.                                                                                                                                                              

TONY Hiley bagged a hat-trick as Warley Rangers Reserves beat their Crossleys counterparts 6-1 in Division Two.

Warley trail only free-scoring Halifax Irish Centre Reserves, who made it 12 goals in two outings with a 4-1 home win over Sowerby United Reserves.

Shelf United Reserves made a winning start with a 3-1 success at Halifax Athletic, beginning to dominate as the first half wore on.

Good play by Ryan Price and Ross Broadley led to confusion and a home defender poked the ball into his own net.

Athletic would have equalised but for a smart save by Bradley Dobson before Robin Hurtley and Jacob Green combined for Price to double the lead from an acute angle with a fine shot.

‘Keeper James Horsfall denied Lee Hamilton and although Halifax had good spells either side of half time Green’s defence splitting ball enabled Broadley to turn inside his man before firing a low drive into the bottom corner.

Athletic got a consolation 15 minutes from the end through Scott Gilling.

Salem Reserves, who collected their only point of last season against Elland Allstars Reserves, drew with their rivals in their second outing of the current season.

Allstars took advantage of a sluggish start from Salem to draw first blood in the Division Three contest through Tom Szefer.

However, Salem grew in confidence and got a deserved equaliser when Josh Lumb found an unmarked Louis Halstead, who got enough on his shot to beat the keeper from 10 yards.

Great goalkeeping from Melvin Brown and wayward finishing from Elland kept it at 1-1 and Salem went in front through Lumb in the second half.

Elkland upped their game but couldn’t get a second until added time when Chris Leigh outjumped everyone at an inswinging corner and scored with a bullet header.

Spring Hall Celtic bounced back from an opening game defeat to thump West Central 9-0 away while there were handsome 5-2 home wins for Brighouse Sports and Volunteer Arms Reserves.

Friday - Premier Division: AFC Crossleys 0 Shelf United 3, Greetland AFC 1 (C.Ainley) Warley Rangers 1 (D.Maguire), Midgley United 4 (G.Spink 2 T.Booth G.Bamford) Calder 76 1 (P.Ashman), Ryburn United 3 (C.Silkstone B.Grogan J.Akroyd) Elland United 1 (M.Kelsey), Sowerby United 5 (C.Henderson 2 L.Barber 2 J.Swallow) Copley United 0.

Division One: Denholme United 4 (M.Midgley N.Roberts M.Waring D.Moralee) Northowram 3 (D.Rushworth P.Glew D.King), Elland Allstars 5 (M.Healds N.Anson 2 C.Bell T.Hemmingway) Sowerby Bridge 4 (M.Bates 4), Hebden Royd Red Star 3 (J.Dean 3)

Volunteer Arms 0, Halifax Irish Centre 1 (C.Eastwood) Salem 5 (N.Green 3 L.Huson, og), Stainland United 0 Mixenden United 3.

Saturday - Division Premier: Stump Cross 2 (D.Watkins T.Robinson) Holmfield AFC 0.

Division One: Wadsworth United 3 Ryburn United Res 3.

Division Two: Halifax Athletic 1 (S.Gilling) Shelf United Res 3 (R.Broadley R.Price og), Hx Irish Centre Res 4 (C.Norburn 3 Z.Ajab) Sowerby United Res 1 (M.Redman), Midgley United Res 2 (P.Walker A.Bottomley) Greetland AFC Res 1 (S.Duffy), Sowerby Bridge Res 3 (M.Rigby 2 D.Fulton) Elland United Res 2, Warley Rangers Res 6 (T.Hiley 3 A.Fenton M.Bodkin M.Murrell) AFC Crossleys Res 1.

Division Three: Brighouse Sports AFC 5 (L.Hefferman C.Lewis J.Tankard 2 og) Shelf FC 2 (B.King 2), Calder 76 Res 1 Denholme United Res 3, Salem Res 2 (L.Halstead 2) Elland Allstars Res 2 (T.Szefer C.Lee), Volunteer Arms Res 5 (L.Kenny 3 L.Busfield J.Thorpe) Savile Arms FC 2 (J.Goldthorpe O.Goldthorpe), West Central FC 0 Spring Hall Celtic 9 (W.Hanis F.Ahmed Z.Ahmed 3 S.Ahmed M.Ammir F.Mahid 2).