Red Star Have Title In Sights
Midgley United 1
Hebden Royd Red Star 5
Ziggy’s Spice House League Premier Division
RED Star put the title well in their grasp by demolishing their local rivals.
But they did not have it all their own way as the home men took the game to them, dominated the first 20 minutes and took the lead.
Red Star came back and gradually wore the Midgley men down.
It took them four points clear at the top with three games in hand over their nearest rivals.
“It’s now ours to lose,” said injured skipper Liam Barrett.
“We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas, concentrate and not let up, especially with a number of night matches coming up.
“But the hunger is definitely still there. We’re in the semi-final of the league cup and we’ve definitely set our sights on the double,” he said.
This victory was a major step in securing one part of the double although Barrett admitted that Red Star did not play well in what he described as a scrappy game.
At the start it was Midgley who looked the more likely team, with Jason Cartlidge winning everything in the air, while George Banks chased everything up front throughout the game.
They took a deserved lead when a cross came over from the right and goalkeeper Glyn Claxton went up with Danny Gilfillan and Rick Bottomley, the latter touching it on into the net.
The goal spurred Red Star on and within five minutes they were level, Richard Ingram hammering the ball home after it went loose from an Alex Austin corner.
The turning point in the game came when Craig Peckover was sent off after handling on the line.
Even then Andy Gregory missed the penalty, hitting the post.
He made amends minutes later, putting it in from close range to give Red Star a 2 - 1 half-time lead.
The visitors had had to reshuffle their side with Dan and Jack Earle both missing alongside Stephen Senior and Andy Wilkinson who was on the bench nursing an injury.
Fifteen minutes into the second half Red Star grabbed the vital next goal with Ryan Thomas breaking away and firing home.
When Johnny Collins headed in an another Austin corner it was all over for Midgley.
While Gregory latched on to a loose ball and slotted it in to make it five, Red Star’s man of the match was Rob Day who played out of position at fullback.