Old Pond returned to action after a weather inflicted six week lay-off and staged a fantastic comeback in the Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League Premier Division as they rescued a three-goal deficit to draw with Ryburn United.
Although Pond had the first true effort of the match; Hayden Lewis firing narrowly over the bar, the first half was dominated by the visitors who looked a lot fresher having played twice since Pond’s recent inactivity.
Dan Barnes in the Pond goal was on top form and denied the visitors in a couple of one-on-one situations; but he could do nothing as Ryburn’s pressure finally told.
Thomas Sanderson and Luke Hartley hit two goals in a four-minute period to put their side deservedly ahead – and although Wayne Allert was denied by a good block at the other end a third for the visitors from Sanderson left Pond in all sorts of trouble at the interval.
Barnes wasn’t the only keeper in fine form, as Lewis Scott thwarted Allert again early in the second period; but the increased pressure from Pond did see them garner a lifeline.
Lewis fed front man Paul Taylor and his finish needed to be clinical to beat a keeper enjoying a good day between the sticks.
Five minutes later and the comeback looked truly on as Lewis and Taylor combined allowing the latter to lash home.
Pond have struggled for strength off the bench this season, but the period of inactivity did give manager Richard Dawson time to strengthen and when new boys Ryan Dowse and Jack Dobson were introduced, alongside Jamie O’Callaghan, it gave the Hove Edge side the legs to push on and equalise.
Dowse was immediately involved and his rasping effort could only be parried allowing Taylor to snap up a fine hat-trick from the rebound.
Dowse could have won the match but was denied by Scott again in the Ryburn goal, before the visitors staged a big push to retake their lead late on as Pond’s legs tired.
Top Club’s Premier Division inactivity continued; but they did take to the field at last and brushed off the cobwebs with a 4-0 defeat of Triangle in the Halifax District Cup.
A solitary Adam Clayton header put the Rastrick side ahead against their Division One opponents at the interval, but they got into their stride to record a comfortablevictory in the second half despite Tom Gorringe’s missed penalty.
Ryan Barkham produced a trademark mazy run and slotted home a second, before Clayton grabbed his secondk. James Lord netted a late header to make sure of progression to the last eight.
In Division One, Barge FC made a spectacular return to action and form by thumping 10 past Fountain Head.
Fountain Head took the lead in the first 10 minutes, but Barge didn’t let their heads drop and got straight back into the match with a well-taken goal from man-of- the-match David Woffenden.
The regular goal-getter scored four and was in unstoppable form to the delight of manager Matthew Bagshaw.
Sam Halstead (2), Sean McManamin, Graham Pugh and Ethan Deal were also on thescoresheet whilst an own goal completed the rout and a solid 10-4 victory.
In Division Two Top Club Reserves went down 3-1 at Halifax Amateurs, whilst Crown FC could only raise six players and had to forfeit their scheduled match with Halifax Hammers Reserves.
Premier Division: Old Pond v Waiters Arms, Halifax Hammers v Top Club
Division One: Barge FC v Oddfellow.
Division Two: Halifax Amateurs v Crown FC, Top Club Reserves v Ovenden Phoenix.