Pond pair come out of retirement and help their struggling side to victory

Bandaged Veteran George Brown helped Old Pond to victory
Bandaged Veteran George Brown helped Old Pond to victory

Old Pond and Triangle both made sterling comebacks in the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League, whilst Thornhill Briggs picked up back-to-back victories in Division One.

Struggling Pond picked up an unexpected victory, thanks to a dogged display in a side with George Brown and Andy Dawson brought out of retirement to make up the 11.

Favourites Oddfellows moved into an expected 2-0 first half lead through two penalty area scrambles, Tom Bailey and Chris Swaine applying the finishing touches, but Jamie O’Callaghan found Chris Marsh who smashed home a lifeline for Pond before the break.

Into the second half and Pond played in the greener areas of the pitch, whilst Oddfellows continued to play nice football, however were getting bogged down centrally utilising a middle three.

Paul Taylor displayed good handling standing in between the sticks for Pond, even saving with his back turned to play at one point, and on a solid foundation his side equalised before then nudging ahead.

Marsh fed Darrell Holdsworth down the left and he cut inside before producing a very composed finish – a rare goal for a player who helped cause plenty of problems down the flank.

Marsh then grabbed his second to put Pond ahead for the first time before completing his hat-trick after latching onto a Lee Williams through ball and rounding Peter Jennings.

Daniel Merrick grabbed a back post tap in to make it 4-3 but Pond held out for a valuable victory in their battle against relegation and put a first win on the board since November.

Triangle made an even better comeback against previously second placed side Hollins Holme, as they showed plenty of fighting spirit in marauding back from 3-0 down to pick up a fantastic 5-3 win over their promotion rivals.

Thornhill Briggs very much put their promotion challenge back on track with a solid victory against an in form Halifax Hammers side.

Briggs took the lead inside 10 minutes when young Hammers defender Jasim Saleh headed into his own net.

Terriq Pervez and Matty Waller went close for Hammers before Briggs took control with James Buckley scoring from close range to make it 2-0 at the break.

A good move down the right led to Alex Hallam scoring before Terriq Pervez’s inch perfect corner was headed in by Mohammad Yasser for 3-1.

Atif Hussain pulled one back with a diving header, but Buckley’s second sealed a 4-2 victory for Glen Hall’s side.

The Briggs boss was pleased with his team’s performance but admitted he felt the scoreline was closer than it should have been and that he would be looking to try and shut up shop better as their promotion chase continues.

In Division Two, Top Club faced a tough challenge against league leaders Ryburn United and were unable to trouble their free scoring opponents.

Ryburn picked up an 8-1 victory and in doing so boosted their goal difference to an impressive +100.

Kevin O’Brien was left ruing the perennial appalling state of a poor draining Carr Green Recreation pitch, as he saw his high flying Rastrick Bowling Club side postponed against Halifax Rangers.

FIXTURES (11am)

The Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League – Premier Division: Sun Inn v Shoulder FC Northowram (Carr Green Rec).

Division One: Thornhill Briggs v Old Pond (Hipperholme & Lightcliffe H.S.), Triangle v Stallions FC (Savile Park).

Division Two: Ryburn United v Rastrick Bowling Club (Ripponden Wood), The Vine Reserves v Top Club (Savile Park).