Brighouse maintain proud record with double

Alex Sweeney of Brighouse Sports Ladies battles for possession
Alex Sweeney of Brighouse Sports Ladies battles for possession

For the first time in their history Brighouse Sports Ladies were involved in a double header against Brayton Belles.

After eight weeks without a game, Brighouse were desperate to get back into action and continue their 100 per cent league record. They started well and took the lead after three minutes. Lauren Doyle’s pass found Sarah Hemingway who finished in style.

Minutes later Hemingway had another long range effort well saved before Brighouse ‘keeper Linzi Scarfe made two full stretch saves to keep the lead intact.

Slowly Brighouse regained control, with new signing Debbie Tomlinson looking assured at the back. However, in the first minute of the second half Brighouse were pegged back. This setback seemed to spur Brighouse on and Leanne Smith hit the post before Smith’s perfect through ball found substitute Nessy Holroyd who finished superbly.

Brighouse took complete control of the game when Smith despatched a penalty for their 3-1 success.

Brighouse once again started strongly in game two and Leanne Smith slotted home aspot kick after she had been brought down.

Brayton came back strongly and Brighouse were under the cosh. However, with seven minutes left new signing Olivia Dangerfield sent Emily Holroyd clear. She bamboozled two defenders before rolling the ball across the goal for Smith to tap home.

Braytonpulled one back from the penalty spot but Brighouse held out comfortably.

On Sunday, Brighouse entertain league leaders Farsley Celtic in the League Cup quarter-final at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School (1.30)

Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League Division Two leaders Top Club suffered a set-back at the weekend as King Cross Park stole a last minute equaliser in a thrilling encounter at Lane Head.

Park took the lead through a Simon Ward free kick which deceived Chris Lawton in the home side’s goal.

The response was strong and centre half James Lord restored parity with a header from a Dan McLeod corner.

The first big chance of the second period fell to Gary Nicholson, but he missed with the goal gaping. The home side did nudge in front from the ensuing corner, McLeod again provider and Lord again rising to nod home at the back post.

The visitors threw on Mike Barker and the new boy once more pegged King Cross level with a fine solo effort.

Kris Gorringe cleared off the line, before King Cross thought they had the lead as Barker lofted over Lawton but the referee adjudged the ball not to have crossed the line.

The pressure was eased when quick thinking from Ryan Barkham saw him put Top Club back into the ascendency. cathing the visiting ‘keeper off guard as he curled a free kick home.

The local side disappointingly conceded a last minute leveller from Ward, albeit from a good team move.

FIXTURES (11am)

Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League – Premier Division: Halifax Hammers v FC Barge (Savile Park)

Division One: Royd Club v Rastrick Bowling Club (Brearley Fields, Mytholmroyd).