RASTRICK Bowling Club had a great weekend in The Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League, as they picked up an expected three points against The Vine Reserves but were also dealt a boost as nearest title rivals Ryburn United slipped up against Hebden Bridge, writes Andy Dawson.
Kevin O’Brien’s Rastrick side started slowly after enduring a weather enforced three week hiatus from action, and a miskicked clearance from Dan Barnes was lofted back over the keeper’s head as The Vine took a lead.
It was Frank Cullen who struck to restore parity before the interval however; before an increasingly feisty match saw the league leaders enforce their dominance.
Jordan Dobson, Luke Briggs and Joel Abdy all found the back of the net as Rastrick turned in a 4-2 defeat of their committed mid-table rivals, but manager O’Brien was quick to praise Dave Lawrence. Returning from a six week injury absence, his tough tackling helped to set up a platform for victory.
O’Brien’s charges aren’t the only Rastrick side harbouring ambitions of promotion from Division Two, and if Top Club’s destruction of a lack-lustre North Bridge is anything to go by, they may just join the party at the top of the table. Currently in seventh place they are well placed with games in hand to mount a charge for honours in the second half of the season and a double figures defeat of the league newcomers also boosted their goal difference.
Ryan Barkham drifting in from the left flank proved too hot to handle for North Bridge as he caused the most havoc, though experienced front man Nick Delaney was, also impressive as a 10-1 scoreline was recorded.
Former Brighouse Town man Andy Warnes was very tidy in possession for the visitors in midfield, whilst Ty Hewson looked the man most likely up top but North Bridge’s young side were well beaten this time out.
In Division One, Thornhill Briggs saw their match against Oddfellows postponed at Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School whilst Triangle recorded a painful defeat to lowly Royd Club by two goals to one.
In the Premier Division Sun Inn managed to get amongst the goals against Engineers but still found themselves on the end of a 6-4 reversal.
Player-manager Lee Nicholson lofted forward culminating in recently signed youngster Kyle Farrar netting in the first period, but the visitors always seemed to keep one step ahead. Ben Timson (2) and David Hemmings were also amongst the goals for Sun.
Fixtures, Sunday, December 16, all 11.0.
Eddie Hebblethwaite Halifax District Cup – Round 3: Rastrick Bowling Club v Queens Head (Carr Green Rec)
Eddie Hebblethwaite Halifax District Cup – Quarter Final: Elland Sports v Top Club (Elland Cricket Club)
The Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League – Premier Divison: King Cross Sports FC v Sun Inn (King Cross CB & AC)
The Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League – Division One: Old Pond v Hollins Holme, Stallions v Triangle (Savile Park)