Calder ‘76 show troubled Elland no mercy after flying start

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Calder ‘76 made it 12 goals in two games with a 7-1 thrashing of bottom club Elland United in the Premier Division of the Halifax AFL last Saturday.

They were always in control after scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes against late-arriving opponents.

Jonny Gibson opened the scoring after Remi Allen’s shot had been saved and Gibson combined superbly with Max Crossley, who fired in the second.

Elland matched their hosts for the rest of the half, which produced no further goals.

Manager Rob Kenworthy made minor adjustments to Calder’s formation at the break and the hosts cut loose.

Gibson extended the lead and Elland put a penalty wide before Steve Jones, Gibson, James Redmond and Crossley took Calder clear.

Elland’s Martin Boon dashed home hopes of a clean sheet with a great late strike.

Calder could have Sam Taylor back at home to Northowram on Saturday.

Title hopefuls Midgley United suffered a damaging 2-1 home defeat by Ryburn United while Hebden Royd RS were without a game.

Calder ‘76 Reserves drew 1-1 away to Volunteer Arms in Division One. Their goal came from Gav Martin, who failed to score from the penalty spot but headed in the rebound.

Midgley United Reserves trailed 3-0 at half time away to Salem and 16-year-old Jake Shaw’s two second half goals weren’t quite enough.

Booth CC cricketer Robert Laycock struck twice for Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves, who took their chances better than Salem Reserves in a 3-0 win in Division Two. Keir Watkinson scored their opener.