FORMER Brighouse SFL side Triangle secured promotion to Division One of the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League as they picked up six points via a midweek defeat of Top Club and weekend victory over league leaders Stallions FC, writes Andy Dawson.
Daniel Watson gave Angle the perfect start against Top Club on Tuesday, breaking down the left and firing home.
The potent front two of siblings AJ and Ben Brown should between them have added a couple more goals for the visitors, but both uncharacteristically missed favourable opportunities in front of goal.
The pressure did finally pay though as AJ Brown weaved into the penalty area and was chopped down, before picking himself up and firing home the penalty he himself had earned.
Top Club slowly worked themselves into the match and managed to pull one back to drag themselves back into the tie. A mistake in the Angle defence allowed Matthew Evans to pounce and strike home from close range.
A fantastic diving save from TC keeper Carl Butler looked to have prevented Angle from reasserting their two goal advantage before the interval but Watson thumped home a header from the resulting corner to put the visitors back in the driving seat.
Top Club upped the tempo of their game in the second period– and particularly in the final throws of the match created some goalscoring chances, but Whiteley’s side held out and for a 3-1 victory.
Having secured their first promotion in the Halifax Sunday League, Angle stepped up through the gears again on Sunday and recorded an impressive victory against league leaders Stallions FC.
Stallions looked to have the league title wrapped up a few weeks ago but Angle’s victory has blown the championship chase wide open.
Stallions, Angle and Royd Club have all now clinched promotion, but with the season climax drawing to a close any of the three can still lift the title.
A brace from AJ Brown and a winner from Kevin Spalding gave Angle a 3-2 victory over Stallions.
The result also means that Kevin O’Brien’s Rastrick Bowling Club side can now not gain promotion as they managed only a 2-2 draw against Ryburn United midweek.
In Division One, Sun Inn picked up further points in their almost certain push for the championship with a midweek draw against Waiters Arms, followed by a thrashing of lowly Hollins Holme on Sunday.
Ryan Collins, Wayne Collins, Rob Malone and Ben Timson were on the scoresheet against a Waiters side beaten 6-4 at the start of April in the reverse fixture, but in Greetland the home side matched the Rastrickians scoring exploits to share the points.
On Sunday Lee Nicholson’s side were comfortable as they fired nine past relegation threatened Hollins Holme.
Malone struck four times, with Wayne Collins and Ben Timson (2) also on the scoresheet. Hollins did get two back in reply, but a further brace from Tom Gorringe meant the points returned to Rastrick.
Hollins had previously given their survival hopes a boost by beating Glen Hall’s Thornhill Briggs side 2-1 in an evening encounter.
The six o’clock kick off left Briggs with a weakened outfit and the manager was also quick to praise keeper Ross Atkinson who made three outstanding saves to further keep the visitors at bay.
Luke Johnson netted for the Brighouse side, and in a dominant last five minutes chances weren’t taken as the visitors picked up a shock win.
Normal service was resumed at the weekend, however, as pointless bottom side Halifax Rangers were expectedly put to the sword.
Player-manager Hall was the hero as he plundered a hat trick, though Briggs were a little slow out of the blocks. Hall crossed for Jordan Parnell who smashed home off the post for the opener before slotting home himself.
Rangers stole a goal back but Briggs won 7-2. As well as Hall’s hat-trick, Parnell got a second, with Jamie Marshall and Jack Barker also scoring.
Next fixtures, Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League – Division One, Sunday, April 22 (11am): FC Champs v Thornhill Briggs (Greetland Comm. Centre).
Tuesday, April 24 (6pm): Sun Inn v Old Pond (Carr Green Rec).
Division Two: Rastrick Bowling Club v Hebden Bridge AFC (Carr Green Rec), Triangle v Greetland Goldstars (Savile Park).
Tuesday, April 24 (6pm): King Cross CB & AC Res v Triangle (King Cross).