Briggs hammer Royd to raise promotion hopes

Football - Brighouse Town v Lincoln Moorlands Railway.'Alex Hallam for Brighouse
Football - Brighouse Town v Lincoln Moorlands Railway.'Alex Hallam for Brighouse

Thornhill Briggs reasserted their promotion credentials with a fine victory over Royd Club in the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League Division One.

Glen Hall’s charges are fourth behind Halifax Hammers, Hollins Holme and Waiters Arms. However, with games in hand they are still well placed to be in contention for Premier League football next season.

Alex Hallam bagged seven goals in a one-sided 11-0 thumping with Matty Roy, Ricky Blunt and Chris Wdowczyk also among the goals.

Old Pond were again nursing suspensions, injuries and absenteeism but still put out a competitive side out against Queens Head.

The Hove Edge side fell behind to a George Turner goal.

The match was evenly contested and when Paul Meredith saw an effort well saved by keeper Craig Chew from a Chris Marsh cross it sounded warning signs to the visitors.

The same two were involved as Marsh back-heeled to Chris Payne who delivered with the outside of his boot to allow Meredith to head home.

Another fine delivery from Marsh on the left flank was nodded home by Payne at the far stick.

The match was all square early in the second period as Turner grabbed his second, before a ball over the top was not dealt with and Luke Eastwood fired home after which a heavily deflected free kick left stand in Pond keeper Paul Taylor stranded.

Triangle played out a dress rehearsal of their impending League Cup semi final against Acton Athletic, but will be hoping for a different outcome as they fell to a 5-0 reversal.

Top Club arrived in the Division Two promotion places after a narrow defeat of near rivals Greetland Goldstars.

The Rastrick side have picked up eight victories on the spin and a 4-3 victory away from home on Sunday was a huge boost to their chances.

Both sides struggled on a heavy pitch, but Tom Mellor put Kevin O’Brien’s side into the ascendency, finishing well having latched onto a poor back-pass.

The home side struck back before the interval, but the introduction of Rob Malone made the difference.

Firstly he played Rob York in who fired into the roof of the net, before being upended allowing Frank Cullen to convert from the spot. Cullen struck again to make the result safe, before Hebden grabbed a late consolation.

FIXTURES (11.0)

The Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League – Premier Division: Engineers v Sun Inn (Holmes Park, Lud’foot) Division One: Bradshaw v Triangle (Natty Lane, Illingworth), Thornhill Briggs v Oddfellows (Hipp & Light High School) Division Two: Hebden Bridge v Top Club (White Lee Rec, Mytholmroyd), Rastrick Bowling Club v Beehive & Crosskeys (Carr Green Rec).