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Relief for Red Star after visitors almost snatch victory

Red Star's Ed Harvey

Red Star's Ed Harvey

A late penalty from Eddy Harvey salvaged a point for Hebden Royd Red Star following a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Denholme United.

The Halifax AFL Division One leaders squandered some good chances in the first half, but after falling behind late on were relieved to escape with their unbeaten record intact.

There were three changes to the side that beat Stainland with James Rawlinson standing in for Glynn Claxton in goal and Liam Barrett replacing Jamie Eaton in the defence. In-form Tom Garland was promoted to partner Chris Garbutt up front.

The hosts started well and Garbutt might have broken the deadlock on three occasions.

A Daniel Lumb effort was deflected onto the bar to conclude a frustrating 45 minutes for Dave Whitehouse’s side.

The second half was more even and Star failed to create any chances of note. Denholme grew in confidence and began to pose problems.

Rawlinson, a central midfielder by trade, made two or three fine saves to keep the scoreline goalless as the visitors continued to improve.

The hosts were handed a break with 20 minutes remaining as Denholme’s centre half was dismissed for dissent, but it was the 10 men who opened the scoring and looked to have won the game in stoppage time.

A diagonal ball from the left was not dealt with and it ran kindly for a Denholme attacker, who fired beyond Rawlinson from an angle.

Star’s response was immediate, however. Jordan Dean was brought down and Harvey dispatched the penalty into the top right hand corner.

Star’s title rivals Sowerby Bridge won 4-3 at Mixenden.

DIVISION ONE

P W D L F A Pts

Hebden Royd RS 12 9 3 0 35 15 30

Sowerby Bridge 11 9 1 1 50 27 28

Elland Allstars 13 6 2 5 33 31 20

Denholme United 12 5 3 4 51 40 18

Salem 13 6 0 7 37 46 18

Wadsworth United 9 5 2 2 28 16 17

Northowram 13 5 2 6 37 38 17

Stainland United 15 5 1 9 34 49 16

Volunteer Arms 12 5 1 6 34 49 16

Hx Irish Centre 12 4 1 7 37 47 13

Mixenden United 12 2 2 8 23 29 8

Ryburn United Res 12 2 2 8 27 39 8

 

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