Royd Club hit six to save their skins

Sam Taylor (right) led Royd Club's successful survival bid with a hat-trick on Sunday
Sam Taylor (right) led Royd Club's successful survival bid with a hat-trick on Sunday

Royd Club guaranteed their survival in Division One of the Ziggy’s Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League courtesy of a 6-2 home win over relegated Rastrick Bowling Club.

Royd needed a victory to ensure they stayed up and achieved it in style to finally finish seventh.

The game was notable for four penalties, although Royd’s Matthew Skinner insisted there was no malice from either side throughout.

Remi Allen put Royd ahead from the spot and Sam Taylor headed the second on the way to securing a hat-trick.

Rastrick pulled a goal back with the second of the game’s penalties, but the home side roared into a 6-1 lead with Jon Gibson adding two, including a penalty, with Taylor also netting from 12 yards on the way to his treble.

Rastrick were well-beaten but had the final say with a tremendous free-kick from the left hand side of the box.

Hollins Holme were unable to keep Carrington waiting for a third successive top-section title.

The Valley side, completing a season which has seen them finish runners-up following promotion, were beaten 5-4 by their rivals at Calder Holmes.

The visitors got off to the best possible start when Damian Randall raced in to the box and slid the ball home.

Jay Carney then curled home a second before Hollins pegged them back with a well worked effort completed by Jamie Gwilliam.

Carrington restored their two goal cushion when Randall volleyed home from just inside the box and Jordan Coduri made it 4-1 at half-time.

Hollins started the second half well and Greg Spink scored an early goal but any hopes of a comeback seemed to be over when Coduri nodded in from a corner.

However, Spink’s excellent strike from just outside box gave the home side renewed belief and they began to press.

Spink completed his hat-trick late on and a great save from Craig Turnbull denied Hollins a last minute equaliser.