SUN Inn will be looking to make it a League and Cup double on Sunday when they entertain Lee Mount at Brighouse Town’s Dual Seal Stadium (11am), writes Andy Dawson.
Lee Nicholson’s side made light work of under-strength Old Pond on Tuesday evening to secure the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League Division One title and will now be looking to lift the League Cup to complete a fantastic season.
Ben Timson had a perfect day in front of goal as he smashed four passed the Hove Edge side in midweek, with Rob Malone only denied a hat-trick when scooping a penalty over the bar.
Pond’s Chris Payne had also failed to convert from the spot at only 1-0 down and Sun made sure they took full advantage in securing a heavy 9-0 win.
Siblings Ryan and Wayne Collins were also on the score sheet, with late substitute Paul Askham smashing a late strike into the corner of the net to put the icing on the cake.
Pond had better look in their previous league encounter as they defeated Elland Sports Reserves 3-2 previous to Tuesday night’s hammering.
Jamie O’Callaghan stepped into a pivotal role as he had a hand in all three of Pond’s first half goals, proving a good attacking option from midfield.
He first sent Chris Payne through on goal and the front man made no mistake with a cool finish, before supplying Steve Galloway who smashed home via a slight deflection.
With just about the last kick of the first 45 minutes O’Callaghan won the ball and fed Galloway, who lofted a pass into the path of Payne who again provided a calm finish.
Comfortable at 3-0 Pond stepped off the gas too much and allowed Elland to make a game of it in the second half.
Richard Booth firstly gladly took the gift of a tap in with his head as the ball bobbled into his path in the penalty area, before former Pond man Chris Marsh struck home from an angle via a deflection off Pond player-manager Richard Dawson.
Chris Payne and Michael Barlow both had chances to further extend Pond’s lead, as the home side ended a recent sticky patch of form with a neat victory.
Glen Hall was left gutted after his Thornhill Briggs colleagues once more failed to surface in significant enough numbers to face FC Champs on Sunday, meaning that another hefty fine and loss of points will be forthcoming.
The manager insisted he would battle on and continue till the end of the campaign and into next year.
In Division Two, as predicted, the season will go right down to the wire, with Triangle sitting pretty at the top of the table heading into the weekend after successive victories against Greetland Goldstars and King Cross.
Royd Club’s shock loss to Ryburn United Tuesday evening has left both Triangle and Stallions FC in the driving seat for top spot, but Stallions are only one point behind David Whiteley’s Angle outfit with a game in hand.
Kevin O’Brien’s Rastrick Bowling Club side may well yet still have a hand in where the title ends up, as his side face Stallions on Sunday.
They will have to improve on their finishing however as a 1-0 defeat to Hebden Bridge at the weekend once more left the boss lamenting over his side’s recent goal drought.
Next fixtures (kick off 11am unless stated) - Bridge Balti League Cup Final: Sun Inn v Lee Mount (Dual Seal Stadium)
Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League – Division One: Queens Head v Old Pond (Savile Park.)
Tuesday, May 1 (6pm): Elland Sports Res v Thornhill Briggs (Elland CC), Old Pond v Halifax Rangers (Lane Head).
Division Two, Sunday, Stallions FC v Rastrick Bowling Club (Savile Park), Top Club v Hebden Bridge AFC (Lane Head).