Hollins wade into Pond and gain highest-ever league position

Flying challenge: Midgley's Greg Spink tackles Stump Cross's Adam Barlow in the 4-0 defeat for the Calder Valley side. Picture: Bruce Fitzgerald
Flying challenge: Midgley's Greg Spink tackles Stump Cross's Adam Barlow in the 4-0 defeat for the Calder Valley side. Picture: Bruce Fitzgerald

Hollins Holme’s 2-1 home win over Old Pond guaranteed them second place in the Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League.

That is the highest-placed finish ever for a club formed in 1968.

Holme have just one game left - at home to champions Carrington on Sunday - to round off a memorable season after gaining promotion last time out.

Hollins were without a number of players including Andrew Butterworth, James Chadwick and James Cowans, but still marched into a 2-0 lead by the interval.

Jordan Dean fired the home side ahead with a volley from a long throw before Jamie Gwilliam added a second following a great move down the right involving Greg Spink and Joe Fielding.

Old Pond’s long ball tactics kept Hollins on their toes and ‘keeper Chris Garbutt made a couple of fine saves before he was finally beaten on the hour.

Royd Club need points from their final Division One game at home to bottom club Rastrick BC on Sunday to beat the drop. It follows a 3-2 defeat to promoted Mount Tabor last weekend.

Royd gave it a good go with James Redmond putting them ahead after a fine move but Tabor levelled from the spot.

Redmond underlined Royd’s fighting spirit when he put the visitors ahead for the second time. However, Adam Helliwell was sent tumbling and his penalty made it 2-2.

Both sides pressed for a winner in the second half and Tabor got it via Andrew Bottomley’s cracking 20 yard shot into the top corner.

A stunning save from Darrell Ashford denied Redmond a hat-trick and Royd a draw.

Hebden Royd Red Star and Calder ‘76 clash in the Halifax AFL at Mytholmroyd on Friday in what will be the last game of the season for both sides.

Neither can win a trophy but the contest is sure to be closely fought as the pair jockey for positions in the top six of the Halifax AFL’s Premier, along with Midgley.

Calder won the first game 2-0 and hosted Shelf United last night looking to extend a long unbeaten run, stretched by Saturday’s 10-0 win over third-from-bottom Copley.

Calder led 4-0 at half time through an own goal, two from Ricky Topham and one from Gav Fleming.

Jonny Gibson scored a minute after the resumption and made five assists in total, Remi Allen, Steve Jones (two) and substitute James Redmond adding to Calder’s tally.

Red Star, in contrast, were beaten 4-1 at home by Northowram. Ben Norman’s superbly-struck 25-yard curling free kick which made it 1-1 was their highlight.

In Division One, Jason Shaw’s goal was some reward for Midgley Reserves, who battled well to lose only 3-1 to a useful Mixenden United side clinching promotion to the Premier.

Calder ‘76 Reserves lost 3-2 to improved Halifax Irish Centre. Gav Martin and Jasim Salih got the visitors’ goals but Craig Eastwood’s late diving header gave Irish victory.

Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves were unable to raise a team to travel to play Shelf FC.

Tomorrow - Premier Division: Hebden RR Star v Calder ‘76. Saturday- Premier: Shelf United v Midgley Utd (I.Childs).Division One: Calder 76 Res v Salem (R.Gatenby), Sowerby Bridge v Midgley Utd Res (TBC). Division Two: Hebden Royd RS Res v Brighouse Sports (S.Dennis).