Topham back with a bang in Calder draw

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Calder ‘76 will look to brush up their defending away to Shelf United in the Halifax AFL’s top flight Saturday after a 3-3 draw away to Copley United.

Calder tossed away a 2-0 lead with some slipshod play at the back and needed a fine Jonny Gibson goal late on to salvage a point.

“It was quite disappointing really,” said returning midfielder Simon Stansfield.

“We were the better side in the first half but in the second half we sat back. Defensive errors are costing us.”

Ricky Topham, also back in the side, struck twice in the opening 45 minutes, both a result of good work down the visitors’ right.

Gibson’s lay-off set up the first and Steve Jones and Paul Ashman did the spadework before Topham got in front of his marker at the near post to double the lead.

Gibson might have had a goal while Warren Clayton tipped over a couple of efforts at the other end.

Copley looked to have turned the game on its head with three goals in 15 minutes in the second half.

Michael Priestley scored twice in quick succession from corners and when Calder gave away possession Gary Ash flicked the ball over Clayton.

Jones missed good chances for Calder before Gibson ran 25 yards and struck a fine shot into the top corner with a couple of minutes to go.

Calder ‘76 Reserves’ game at home to Halifax Irish Centre was postponed by the West Riding CA after Calder failed to pay a fine.