Hammers make no impression on rock-solid leaders Hollins

George Bamford (in blue) was on target for Hollins Holme in Sunday's 3-1 success
George Bamford (in blue) was on target for Hollins Holme in Sunday's 3-1 success

Hollins Holme bounced back from their shock Halifax FA Sunday Cup defeat by Ryburn United with a 3-1 win over Halifax Hammers.

That consolidated their position at the top of the Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League’s Premier Division.

The first shot of note from Hammers’ Jasim Salih flashed just wide. From the resulting goal kick Hollins went up the pitch and James Chadwick’s shot was turned round the post by Namaan Sarwar leading to the first corner.

The ball was delivered to the far post where Andy Butterworth headed it back across goal for James Chadwick to put Hollins in front.

Hammers played some good football and broke the Hollins offside trap, leaving Ozair one on one with Chris Garbutt. However, he could only steer his shot wide.

Chadwick then went through the Hammers defence like a knife through butter but Sarwar made a fantastic one handed save.

As half time approached Sarwar could only parry Andy Butterworth’s shot and George Bamford turned the ball home to make it 2-0 to Holme.

Hammers forced three successive corners and Garbutt made a good save before Hollins pressed and Jamie Gwilliam fired home a third.

Referee Mick Denton talked to several players as play became fractious. Yasser was then fouled in the penalty area and Ashan Farooq scored.

Hammers’ Yasser was sent off for swinging an elbow with 10 minutes left.

Hollins face Bowling Green at Calder Holmes on Sunday.

Royd Club’s Division One game against Ryburn Valley at Brearley Playing Fields was off last Sunday. Royd travel to play lowly Rastrick BC at Carr Green this weekend and will be confident of three points.

Woodhouse United, out of action last weekend, host third-placed Talbot Head in Division One of the Rochdale Sunday League this weekend.