Clayton in at the double as Top Club 
make leaders fight all way

Carrington's Jordan Coduri
Carrington's Jordan Coduri

Four goals from Jordan Coduri ensured that Premier Division favourites Carrington maintained their dominance.

But Matthew Spink’s Top Club side gave a good account of themselves at Carr Green.

The home side started enthusiastically in this Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League fixture, with Tom Gorringe and Ryan Barkham excellent centrally, and the willing running up front of Dan Lax forcing some defensive errors from the league leaders.

Gorringe and Adam Clayton had early opportunities, the former hitting a fine drive from distance that had to be palmed over the bar.

At the other end, Jay Carney fed a dangerous ball into the box but Lee Handley made a telling interception to sum up the Rastrick side’s early commitment.

For all their endeavours, the multiple attacking threats from Carrington’s plethora of offensive options allowed them to take the lead. Coduri grabbed his first with a calm sidefoot finish.

When Spink in the Top Club net spilled the ball into the path of Chris Ellerby for the visitors’ second it would have been easy for the home side to lose heart but they rallied and struck back with the goal of the game. Clayton let rip from outside the penalty area and found the top corner with an expert strike.

Damian Randall’s pace down the right opened up the home side again, however, and his cross was tucked away for Ellerby’s second of the match to make it 3-1.

The Premier Division holders were pegged back before the interval, however, as a number of missed tackles allowed Top Club to work the ball into the area and Clayton was again the man on hand to find the back of the net.

An early goal in the second period created by Ellerby’s flick and finished by Coduri was followed by a feisty period with three players booked before the fifth goal – Coduri finding the net from the edge of the area – effectively killed the game.

There was still time for the effective Ellerby-Coduri partnership to garner one more goal as Carrington recorded a 6-2 win but there was plenty for the Rastrick outfit to take heart from, having matched the area’s top side for significant periods of the match.

Top Club’s second string had more luck, as they secured passage in the Springfield Camping League Cup with a 5-0 defeat of Ovenden Phoenix. The sides will meet again on Sunday, this time with league points at stake.

Holders Barge, aiming to get back to form against North Bridge Reserves, did their usual trick of conceding the first goal, a half-volley from 25 yards sailing past stand-in goalkeeper Dave Sutton.

Barge soon went 4-1 ahead as Tom Wright scored with two headers and others came from Jamie Cartledge and striker Kieron Cassidy.

The Division Two basement club were further sunk as Graham Pugh struck twice after missing a sitter.

Central midfielder Sean McManamin was set up by Jorden Parnell for his first of the season and added another from a tap-in.

Cartledge hit his second, Tom Wright scored a hat-trick, Cassidy got his second and man-of-the-match Geordie Watson pinged home a 25-yard free-kick off the bar.

Barge have a free Sunday as scheduled West Riding County Cup opponents Upper George Wibsey have disbanded.

Crown FC made it a clean sweep for Brighouse sides in round one as they beat Halifax Amateurs in a tight 4-3 victory on the road.

Sunday fixture (11:00) – Halifax Sunday League, Division 1: Ovenden Phoenix v Top Club Reserves (Carr Green Rec).