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IT was sevens up for Todmorden as they won their seventh consecutive match of the season against a battling Northowram side.

A week before, Todmorden had beaten the home side 7-1 in the reverse fixture but this was a much closer game with Northowram enjoying plenty of possession.

A goal-saving tackle by Alec Hodkinson proved vital as Todmorden mounted a counter-attack and Henry Antemes broke the deadlock.

The goal unsettled Northowram and Benjamin Pearson and Antemes were able to chalk up two more goals before the break.

The defence was kept busy after half-time with Charlie Mariani, Jack Denton and Jake Nyari having to be keen in the tackle.

Behind them, goalkeeper Thomas Stansfield was in fine form.

The win was sealed when Callum Bailey rifled home from close range after a goalmouth scramble. Northowram scored a consolation goal after a fine through ball.

TSC travelled to Saints expecting the usual tough fixture but against a 10 man team, TSC soon exerted their dominance.

Oliver Hosker opened the scoring with an unstoppable 40 yard shot and Ashton quickly added a brace – the second being a fantastic lob over the Saints keeper.

Hamza Bhatti started his goal tally with the fourth and Clarke headed home before the half-time whistle.

The second half continued in a similar vein with Clarke and Roberts hitting the net in quick succession and Ashton completing his hat trick.

With the game in the bag, the manager allowed the boys to swap positions and Saints took this opportunity to bag two consolation goals.

The result reflected a very strong team performance by TSC which demonstrated the increased strength of the squad.

Brearley, Caldwell, Ridout and Kershaw were solid in defence, Broadbent, Tansey, Irving and Holden commanded the midfield and Abbas ably dealt with any Saint attempts on goal.

ALWAYS a keenly-fought fixture, this local derby ended up with honours even.

It was a sombre start, as both sides lined up to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

Tigers began brightly, forcing an early corner, but it was Tod, who drew first blood when England’s curling shot found the top corner.

Tigers responded almost immediately, with a fine angled-shot from Hurst to equalise.

Although Tod missed a couple of decent opportunities to reinstate the lead, it was Hebden who came closest to scoring, when – in almost a carbon-copy of their first goal – an angled shot clipped the outside of the far post with Diggle stranded.

It was proving to be a very close game – although Tod were arguably the stronger side in the second period. They created the majority of the chances, but the Hebden team defended resolutely - and the keeper pulled off some crucial saves.

It was his fingertips that denied a deft lob from Caldwell from reaching its target.

Tod then found themselves in some great goal-scoring positions, but failed to test the keeper further.

They were always vulnerable to the counter-attack, and at one point were grateful to see Diggle down quick to smother a low shot.

Cook, Deakin and Pritchard were all giving the Tigers defenders an increasingly hard time, and were nearly rewarded for their endeavours when Deakin put Caldwell in one-on-one with the keeper, but the striker was thwarted twice as the goalie blocked the shot and then saved the rebound.

It was another good performance from Tod, although the heavy and fast-deteriorating pitch did not help their passing game.

The result left both sides confident of achieving good results in forthcoming games.

AFTER an early near miss from Ted Vile sailed wide, Warley applied the pressure and despite great defending from Wil Jackson and Charlie Conway, a corner awarded to the opposition nearly found its mark.

Minutes later Warley’s no 14 fired a 10-yard strike and was held but then fumbled by the keeper granting Warley a 1-0 lead.

Saints replied shortly after with a cracking run down the right wing by Tom Holroyd taking on a defender and smashing it home to equalise.

After a Saints substitution Warley made it 2-1 when their No 10 spotted a gap in Saints defence and broke through with a great strike.

Shortly after a nice through ball to Joey Gwilliam lead Saints to equalize again.

A lack of focus for the remainder of the half led to Saints failing to capitalise on any opportunities given, and it remained at 2-2 at the break..

After some words at half time both teams come out playing a much quicker pace of football with Saints’ Isaac Mitchell’s pass not quite providing a goal due to a confident clearance from the Warley keeper.

Not long after, a scrappy minute in the Warley keeper’s box allowed Tom Holroyd sends the ball home to make it 3-2.

There were some near misses in a goalmouth scramble before the Warley keeper kicked the ball out to his no 13 whose great unchallenged shot just sailed wide of its mark.

Warley refused to roll over and continued pressure from their midfield took advantage of an opening in the Hebden Bridge defence to equalise once more.

Saints were finding the tight defence hard to penetrate, until a sustained attack from midfield helped centre forward Gwilliam claim his second goal of the match.

Saints continued to attack and Rueben Sugarman was just wide with a shot, but there was no further score.

TOD Colts gained a hard-fought victory over Northowram Bulls, played at a damp and foggy Lightcliffe ground.

John Goldie’s youngsters are adjusting to life without striker Ben Ormerod, who is now with Huddersfield Town, but they always had the upper hand against a spirited Halifax outfit.

Jacob Entwistle put Colts in front after five minutes when turning on the edge of the penalty area before firing low into the corner with his left foot.

Sammy Crothers then missed a great chance to double the visitors’ lead when failing to capitalise on great work from the impressive Max Goldie.

But he made amends on the stroke of half-time when following up from close range after the Bulls keeper made a rare error and could only parry away a fierce Entwistle drive.

The home team pushed hard after the interval but to no avail.

Max Dawson was in imperious form in the centre of the Colts’ defence and Goldie was tackling superbly in front of him.

And with that platform to build on it was again Colts who enjoyed most of the clear-cut chances but they found the Bulls keeper in inspired form and could not extend their advantage.

WITH both teams starting well, it soon became evident that Borough were a little complacent after last week’s victory and the match turned very much to a game of two halves.

Scorpions were certainly the stronger in the first half and soon went 1-0 ahead with a cross from Callum Cushimg which was met with a low volley from Jake Blackhurst .

The lead was doubled soon afterwards when Thomas Robinson netted after a Scorpions’ corner caused some confusion in the Borough defence.

There were a few opportunities for Borough – the first falling to Ben Gledhill and the second a break down the right wing by William Tyler with a shot that forced a save.

At this stage Scorpions were quicker to the ball in midfield, and Joshua Knight was performing a great covering role in defence.

Scorpions missed a good chance to put the game beyond Borough’s reach when Blackhurst fired straight at the keeper from close range.

Coming out 2-0 in the second half, Borough started to show a bit more determination and with some great midfield play between Hudson and Brown soon managed to equalise when Brown intercepted a pass and ran from the halfway line, culminated with a hard shot on target which Jordan Glover poked over the line to make it 2-1.

Borough were unable to convert chances by Jacques, Brown, Hudson and Gledhill at one end while Shaw, made some key saves along with a fantastic clearance header from Rushworth to keep them in with a chance.

Good chances to extend their lead were squandered, and the Borough keeper made a superb save from a shot from Scorpions’ man-of-the-match Cushing.

The equaliser was eventually well taken by Glover which led to a tense last 10 minutes of the match.

The full time result remained at 2-2 with man of the match for Borough being awarded to Jack Jacques.

THE visitors applied early pressure and were rewarded with the opening goal on five minutes.

A and S had to run hard to match the strength of the St Columba’s forwards and were lucky not to concede another after a goalmouth scramble.

But the home side bounced back with Oliver Sirmond making the play down the right and front-man Luke Latham narrowly missing a couple of chances before Sirmond cut in from the goal line, beat the left-back and fired in the equaliser.

On 17 minutes A and S were unlucky go behind to a crossed ball that found the net but escaped further punishment on the stroke of half-time with keeper Xavier Tetteroo-Smith making the save of the match.

A and S started the second half looking the stronger team:

Bishar Nuur impressed on the ball in his first game and Latham did everything but score with a shot narrowly over the bar and an angled drive that came back off the post.

Against the run of play St Columba’s broke forward and grabbed a third goal.

A and S kept pressing and man of the match Latham was finally rewarded with a goal to keep the match alive at 2-3.

As the teams tired there were chances at both ends but it was St Columba’s who found the decisive fourth goal. Latham managed to pull another back before the visitors had the final say with a last minute-strike to round off a fine match.

THIS game was a very one sided affair and was effectively won within the first quarter of an hour.

The Saints girls raced into the lead with two quick goals from Bethany Waring who was running the Batteyford defence ragged and went on to earn a double hat trick.

Anna Parsons was keen to get on the scoresheet too and netted a couple as the game turned into a rout.

The Saints defence of Hannah Kennedy, Charlotte Siddall and Rachel Littleboy were holding firm and stopping any loose balls coming through.

Kennedy surged through to score in the second half while Littleboy bagged two.

Out on the right wing Rhianna Purvis was chasing down every ball while in centre midfield Lauren Worthey, Kiera Holmes and Ellie Newton were doing an outstanding job in stopping the Batteyford attacks before they could get up a head of steam.

Lisa Zhabina keeping goal had another solid performance on a very quiet afternoon for her.