Triangle break their duck in fine style
TRIANGLE removed the hoodoo of being the only former Brighouse SFL side not to have picked up points in the Ziggy’s A Star Halifax Sunday League and did so in style against Halifax Rangers Reserves.
Player-manager David Whiteley was quick to praise his side’s gradual improvement throughout September.
A double figures victory came courtesy of grinding down a stubborn opponent early doors, with wide men Damian Roberts and Damian Cook praised for their contributions.
Roberts and front man Alex Brown were exceptional in front of goal, plundering four apiece in a ruthless display of finishing. There was praise too for Dominic Carter in the midfield who provided the ammunition for the men up front.
Whiteley suggested had it not been for some excellent goalkeeping from Mick Neville the scoreline could have been even more emphatic than the eventual 12-0 result.
Their next encounter may prove a little more challenging, against a youthful Ryburn United side on Sunday. Fresh from a move from junior football into open age, they put paid to Rastrick C & AC’s excellent opening with a narrow 3-2 victory at Carr Green.
Kevin O’Brien said his side had been brought down to earth after a goal-filled opening, but praised opponents, who passed well after playing together through the age groups.
Two penalty kicks from Rob Malone saw Rastrick draw level at 2-2 and looking like picking up a point, but a back pass from a free kick, that O’Brien described as being similar to the opening goal at Anfield at the weekend, cost them dear.
The Ryburn striker got in between defender and keeper and stole a late winning goal.
Thornhill Briggs climbed up to fourth place after a 5-0 defeat of Hebden Bridge AFC on the road. Danny Kerry grabbed a brace in a victory that pleased manager Anthony Todd after defeat last weekend to Elland.
Mark Cooks, Glen Hall and skipper Jamie Marshall were also among the goals, but it was centre half Matthew Bagshaw who picked up the man of the match award with a commanding defensive display.
Stallions remain the team to beat in Division Two, as they moved clear at the top with a 6-2 win over Top Club, who failed to pick up points in their first home encounter as a Halifax Sunday League outfit.
In Division One there were tales of woe from the two Brighouse sides in action, with Sun Inn and Old Pond both going down 4-2 on their travels.
Pond made a good enough start to their match against Bradshaw at Natty Lane, a Dan Reddy free kick being spilled into the path of Ryan Turton who fired home his second of the season.
The visitors were then allowed to get back into the match too easily, as Pond struggled to find any passing rhythm and fluency.
James Jackson and Jamie Miller netted for the home side before clear man of the match Callum Meade put the hosts 3-1 up.
Chris Payne looked Pond’s best way back into the match with his pace and strength up front and he forced an own goal after his shot parried in off a defender.
Paul Taylor, Michael Beckett and Stuart Linkleter had opportunities to rescue a point as the match reached its climax, but Meade once more displayed good finishing at the other end to settle the tie in Bradshaw’s favour.
Sun Inn had a similar off day on Savile Park against Queens Head. Ben Timson and Tom Gorringe’s first goal of the season were in vein as the home side took the three points.
The Rastrickians are the only Brighouse side represented in the West Riding Sunday Trophy this weekend, as they welcome Horsforth Rangers to Carr Green.
Selected forthcoming fixtures (ex Brighouse SFL sides only): Sunday, September 26: WRCFA Sunday Cup (11am), Sun Inn v Horsforth Rangers (Carr Green Rec)
Division 2: Lee Mount v Top Club (Savile Park, 5); Ryburn United v Triangle (Ripponden Wood).