Football: Midgley net comeback win in game featuring three own goals

Liam Brompton, left.
Liam Brompton, left.

A second-half comeback saw Midgley edge out neighbours Hebden Bridge Red Star 4-3 in an action-packed contest in the Halifax AFL on Friday.

Red Star led 3-2 at half-time in a game that featured three own goals, but Midgley recovered to seal their second win from their opening two games.

Midgley started brightly in the first 15 minutes and took an early lead through Liam Brompton.

But Red Star came back into the game and put Midgley under pressure with some dangerous long-throws and corners.

That pressure eventually resulted in Red Star drawing level when Jason Cartlidge scored an own goal.

Both sides then had chances to take the lead before Toby Standring scored with a long-range effort. But Lewis Cockroft put Red Star back on level terms when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box.

The game then swung in Red Star’s favour when Midgley conceded their second own goal as the ball hit Ian Hudson’s shin and wrong-footed his keeper. But Midgley came racing out of the blocks after the interval with an improved defensive performance and enjoyed the better of the play.

A Brompton free-kick arrowed into the top-corner to bring them level at 3-3 and herald and end-to-end spell in the contest.

But there was one more twist in the tail when the third own goal of the game swung it decisively in Midgley’s favour from Brompton’s corner.