Football: Woodhouse thrashed by derby rivals

Football - Woodhouse United v Hollins Holme.'Woodhouse's Joe Whitham misses a penalty.
Football - Woodhouse United v Hollins Holme.'Woodhouse's Joe Whitham misses a penalty.

Woodhouse United boss Rhys Gibson admitted his side had bitten off far more than they could chew in their Halifax FA Sunday Cup tie at home to Hollins Holme.

The Rochdale Sunday League side were thrashed 8-0 - a big surprise considering their record against Halifax Sunday League opposition, including a victory over Waiters Arms in the previous round.

Gibson said Hollins drew their players from leading Halifax Saturday clubs Midgley United and Hebden Royd Red Star, plus one or two high-profile additions.

“They were a lot better than us - a lot of the lads just about gave up eventually,” said Gibson.

Ben Clayton and Harry West scored two goals each in the first half for Hollins, Joe Whitham having missed a penalty for Woodhouse when they trailed 1-0.

Clayton completed his hat-trick in the second half and Andrew Butterworth (two) and George Bamford rubbed salt into the home side’s wounds.

Hollins appeared to have more stamina in a game played in the rain on a heavy pitch and they could have scored five or six more in the closing stages.

However, Hollins felt their hosts had kept battling to the end.

Woodhouse must put the disappointment behind them and regroup quickly.

They are away to Wardleworth in Division One this weekend and their opponents have only picked up one point so far.