SUN INN’S Wayne Collins was the man of the moment on Sunday, as he put in a tremendous performance in his side’s attack, netting six times against Hollins Holme.
The front man was the Brighouse SFL’s leading scorer in the last two seasons of the competition, but has often played support to this year’s top marksman Ben Timson so far in the Ziggy’s A Star Cars Halifax Division One.
His side’s entertaining 8-4 victory at Carr Green means that the side who initially struggled for points in their new surroundings have moved up to their highest position of sixth.
With Adrian Kelly also back in the side and netting on Sunday - Timson also inevitably on the scoresheet - the Rastrick side will be hoping to carry on their recent high goalscoring exploits against Oddfellows at home this weekend.
Old Pond have developed a penchant for slow starts coupled with dramatic comebacks in Division One, but suffered a terminal second half collapse in recording a heavy defeat to FC Champs in Greetland. The home side held a 2-0 interval lead with goals from Sam Hiley and Joe Swallow, before Pond looked to have started their traditional resurgence.
Paul Taylor fired across the penalty area and Dan Reddy was on hand to divert the ball into the net.
What followed was not part of the script for the Hove Edge side however, as Champs blitzed the beleaguered visitors with a flurry of goals.
Josh and Sam Hiley, Matty Brennan and a hat trick from Brighouse Town player Swallow saw a 7-1 gaping lead amassed.
Pond have made some unlikely comebacks already this campaign but six goals was asking too much despite a late mini revival at least showing some character with the points already out of reach.
A fantastic move culminated in Ben Walker crossing for substitute Chris Payne who thumped home an unstoppable effort; before Tom Carter’s corner was headed home by long serving centre half Jamie Crane.
Carter’s impressive debut was some consolation for the visitors.
In Division Two, Thornhill Briggs defeated Rastrick C & AC in a former Brighouse SFL derby, despite a bright start from the Rastrickians.
Arron Burnside gave Rastrick the lead as they enjoyed an excellent opening 30 minutes, but a soft goal and disputed offside effort saw Briggs hold the half-time lead.
Again Rastrick started well in the second period but mistakes at the back cost Kevin O’Brien’s side as Briggs moved into a 4-1 lead.
Captain Gavin Roberts pulled a goal back from a training ground set piece on the occasion of his 40th birthday but a further defensive slip-up allowed Briggs to remain top of the league in recording a 5-2 triumph.
Jamie Marshall (2), Lee Shepard, Damian Mitchell and Glen Hall were on the scoresheet for Briggs.
Top Club could not add to their seasonal points total, remaining in 10th place after a 6-2 reversal at the hands of Elland Sports Reserves.
Fixtures for Sunday, February 6 (11am) - Ziggys A Star Cars Halifax Division One: Hollins Holme v Old Pond (Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge), Sun Inn v Oddfellows (Carr Green Rec).
Division Two: Ryburn United v Rastrick C & AC (Ripponden Wood), Thornhill Briggs v Hebden Bridge AFC (Hipp & Light HS), Top Club v Lee Mount (Lane Head 2), Triangle v Elland Sports Reserves (Savile Park 7).