THE biggest local game on Sunday in The Bridge Balti Halifax League took place at Savile Park where two former Brighouse SFL sides, both vying for promotion, met.
David Whiteley’s Triangle outfit sit second in Division Two, which meant it was vital for Kevin O’Brien’s third-placed Rastrick Bowling Club side to take the points.
Angle picked a bad weekend to name a less than full strength side and the Rastrickians took full advantage with speedy front runner Arron Burnside a real thorn in the side of the home team.
The recently returned attacker enjoyed his day and gave the visitors the lead.
He broke down the right hand side and poked the ball past the onrushing keeper before circumbing to a crunching follow through challenge.
O’Brien’s side doubled their advantage before the interval through a Craig Mitchell set piece, which an Angle defender deflected into his own net.
Rastrick keeper Dan Barnes and a solid looking back four comfortably shut up shop in the second period, giving their side a vital three points and leaving them within four points of their opponents with two games in hand.
Elsewhere in Division Two, Top Club gained immediate revenge for defeat last weekend against Vine Reserves by hammering their opponents 7-2 in the reverse fixture. Jamie Clay (2), Oliver Young, Luke Heffernan, Reece Rowley, Nick Spence and Rob Smith were all on the scoresheet as their team moved up to eighth place.
In Division One, Glen Hall oversaw an impressive 5-2 defeat of Lee Mount by his Thornhill Briggs side.
The manager packed his midfield to negate the visitor’s strongest part of the pitch and the tactical switch proved fruitful as Jack Barker starred with a hat trick against a side still fancied for promotion. Jamie Marshall also found the route to goal twice as Briggs consolidated a mid-table position with games in hand.
Richard Dawson’s Old Pond side have mastered the winning habit and ground out a 4-2 victory against Ovenden Amateurs but were made to work hard all the way.
Michael Barlow found Paul Taylor who put the Hove Edge side ahead, but come the interval Ovenden were 2-1 in front and Pond keeper Ben Briggs had made some fine saves to keep his side in the match.
Set piece quality proved the undoing of the home side however as two Barlow corner deliveries led to Pond retaking the lead.
First, Steve Galloway flicked into the path of Joe Shaw who powered home, then added a second unmarked again in the same position.
Lee Potter put the icing on the cake late on having seen his initial effort saved.
Sun Inn were afforded a chance to put their feet up and avoid the inclement weather as Cock & Bottle, who they had defeated the week prior in cup competition, could only muster six bodies.
Next fixtures (11am kick offs) - Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League Division One: Cock & Bottle v Thornhill Briggs (Savile Park), Old Pond v Waiters Arms (Lane Head), Sun Inn v Oddfellows (Carr Green Rec).
Division Two: King Cross CB & AC Res v Top Club (King Cross CB & AC), Ryburn United v Triangle (Ripponden Wood), Stubbing Wharf v Rastrick Bowling Club (Savile Park).