Gold cruise through to round four

GREETLAND Gold under 14 eased through to the fourth round of the Huddersfield Junior League cup with a commanding 7-1 success over Marsden.

Greetland made an immediate impression from their kick-off with a Jack Talbot long throw finding Charlie Cliffe’s head in the box, only for the goal to be ruled out.

Talbot’s one on one with the keeper a minute later was only going to yield one outcome, and he slid the ball under the advancing keeper to open Greetland’s account.

The visitors doubled their lead five minutes later when a Tom Pratt corner came back out to him and he rifled the ball into the roof of the net in emphatic style.

Joe Lowson almost added to the haul but his long-range shot was parried onto the post by the home keeper. Pratt’s next delivery found Owen Bairstow whose powerful header gave the Marsden defence no chance.

The ever improving George Pailin set up the fourth goal with a clever turn-back to Talbot whose cross found the returned Lowson in the box and he directed a second header into the back of the net.

Marsden did not let this early setback dishearten them and only an outstanding full-length save from Ollie Roberts prevented them from pulling a goal back after a well worked opening on the right of midfield.

Cliffe might then have added to the lead but he found the side netting after a good run down the left. Pratt latched onto a well-placed pass from Chris Parker only for his shot to hit the post. Pratt hit the same post with the last move of the first half.

Marsden pulled a goal back at the start of the second period after some wayward marking by Greetland allowed them to stroke the ball past a helpless Roberts.

Marsden continued to press but Greetland’s patience finally paid dividends after Chris Parker flew down the left and slid the ball across the six yard box leaving Pratt with a simple knock in to snuff out any lingering hopes the home side might have had.

Parker reaped the reward his performances have merited when he scored his first goal of the season after making the running from the halfway line and scoring off the inside of the far post before he wrapped things up with his second as the keeper failed to hold Pratt’s shot from the left to leave him with a tap in.