Pond on Allert to capture first point

OLD Pond finally got off the mark in their Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League Premier Division campaign, but not without having to make a strong comeback against Ryburn United.

Both sides had chances in the opening 20 minutes, with Wayne Allert, James Broadbent and Hayden Lewis all threatening for Pond.

Ryburn were 3-0 up at the break but a tactical half-time switch involving Jamie O’Callaghan moving into midfield and Paul Taylor slotting in at the back reaped dividends as the visitors staged a comeback.

James Symonds played Lewis down the flank and his shot squirmed under Cameron Stephenson. A rasping drive from Lewis helped create the second as Allert snapped up the rebound before a rare goal from man-of-the-match Geoff Pitcher capped the comeback.

The Pond full-back has over 130 appearances to his name, but this was only his fourth goal and it was one to savour as he struck from 30 yards into the top corner.

John Wadsworth made it 4-3 but Pond peppered the Ryburn goal and, with five minutes left, scored through Allert to pick up their first point.

Ryburn’s scorers were Wadsworth (2), Oriol Strophair and Lewis Brierley.

Top Club conceded two early goals against Waiters Arms but hit back just before half-time.

Waiters went on to put the game out of reach netting three more times, although late goals from Dan McLeod and Nick Delaney goals gave the score respectability.

In Division One, Barge FC lost their 100per cent start to the season as they fell to a 3-2 defeat against Queens Head.

They also surrendered top spot in the division to Beehive & Crosskeys, who were 7-5 victors against North Bridge.

In Division Two, Crown FC fell to a 6-2 defeat against Halifax Hammers Reserves, for whom one player broke a leg.

Top Club Reserves fell 4-3 to leaders Halifax Rangers. A brace from Nathan Stevenson and James Rothery’s goal were not enough.