Centenary club Foot off to flyer

Wednesday’s opening night of the Halifax League season was a damp quib for some teams but not centenary club Luddenden Foot.

The top section suffered with the eagerly anticipated Crossroads versus champions Elland WMC and Hill Crest versus last year’s Division Two table-toppers Brighouse Sports among the postponements.

But the effects of the recent heavy snow were not as marked at Luddenden Foot where the home side romped to an 11-1 win over Asa Briggs B.

Foot would dearly like to mark their 100 years in existence with a bold showing in the leagues and they made almost the perfect start with a 201-123 victory overall.

Their best winners were DavidMcMahon (21-4) and Phil Swain (21-5).

Home advantage appeared to count for little in three matches in the second division.

Elland CA and BC lost 8-4 to visitors Kingston, Pellon Social won a 176-176 thriller at Hove Edge because they had six of the 10 indivisdual winners, and Stainland won 8-4 up at Heptonstall.

Todmorden Park was fit for the visit of Crossroads B in the top division and the home side, who had a decent 2012 campaign, opened with a 9-3 win.

Siddal won by the same score at home to Mytholmroyd BC. Graham Hickey, playing two games before teaming up with Tong in the Premier League, was their best winner, by 21-8 against Peter Collins.

There was mixed luck for Royd’s Nicholsons.

Roy beat Alan Broad 21-11 but son Gareth lost 21-8 to Hickey’s brother Darren.

However, the Oxenhope versus Clayton Victoria contest and Asa Briggs versus Sowerby West End matches were also off.

There was a close opener in Division Three at Greenroyd, where the hosts and Ripponden Park had five winners each. Greenroyd won 7-5 courtesy of a 176-165 scoreline.

The Sowerby Bridge League launched the season on Tuesday and official Alan Dean had received only six results out of around 19 games by mid-afternoon yesterday.

He took that as an indication that many matches had been called off.

In the top division Luddenden Foot beat Illingworth 8-2 and there was another home victory at Ripponden, where Siddal Park lost 7-3.

Last Sunday’s opening round of the Elland Classic at Elland CA and BC was posponed.