Woodhouse win again in promotion drive - and Sunday football round-up

Woodhouse United did what they had to do - win - on Tuesday, although it was not all plain sailing.

They clung on grimly at the end of theirn 3-2 victory over Highfield to ensure the win and now only have one game left, with a victory guaranteeing them promotion and possibly the title.

They made a poor start to Tuesday’s game, going behind in the third minute with a goalmouth scramble from a corner.

Five minutes later they were level as Mark Walters passed to Callum Hallahan and then took the return and rounded the keeper to score.

Hallahan then flicked on a long throw to Joe Whitham who crossed for Terry Lowe to lob the keeper and make it a 2 - 1 lead for Woodhouse at the break.

Another long throw brought a third goal for the visitors with Daniel Lively flicking it on into the net.

Manager Simon Randles who had come on for the injured Josh Thompson gave away a penalty in the 80th minute. The spot kick was converted and the home side threw everything at Woodhouse in the last 10 minutes but the Todmorden side held on for three valuable points.

l TODMORDEN’S other Sunday League side, Royal George, also had a good victory on Tuesday in Division Three.

They thrashed lowly Highfield 3rds 6 - 0 at home. There was a hat trick for Jackson Sutcliffe and other goals came from Kev Sutcliffe, Jonny Sutcliffe and James Starozczuk.

l ON Sunday Woodhouse completed the double over VASA FC, winning 3 - 0 away.

Their three strikers are among the best in the league, but it took them half and hour before they opened the scoring.

It came from out wide, where Josh Thompson put a pass through for Callum Hallahan and a mix-up between the keeper and a defender left him able to push it into an empty net.

Just before half-time Jordan Walker headed the ball on to Thompson, who put it over the top for Joe Whitham to run on to and lob the keeper.

Whitham and Hallahan have been prolific strikers for Woodhouse this season with almost 50 goals between.

Their third striker, Oliver Wood, then finished things off. It came from a through ball from Gary Fish, who had come on for Daniel Lively. Wood took advantage of a mistake in the defence and stroked it home.

From then a good solid defensive display prevented any threat from the home side.

l IN Division Three Royal George won 4 - 1 at Chadderton Athletic with two goals from Joe Connor and others from Jonny Sutcliffe and Chris Ford.

l IN the Halifax Sunday League, Royd Club FC continued their push for promotion from Division Two with a 10 - 2 home thrashing of neighbours Stubbing Wharf.

Wharf turned up with eight men to make life easy for Royd who romped into a 5-0 interval lead, making the most of their extra time on the ball.

Man of the match Sam Taylor scored five goals and strike partner Nathan Dempsey scored two. Left back Gavin Fleming scored two and Richard Parkinson got the other.

On Tuesday they continued their drive with a 4 - 0 demolition of Greetland Goldstars.

But there was little joy in Division One, where at the foot of the table, Hollins Holme were pushed nearer the drop by a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Cock and Bottle although they did gain a lifeline on Tuesday with a 2 - 1 win at Thornhill Briggs.