Kirkburton climb to ninth in the West Riding County Amateur Premier Division after a hard fought 2-1 win over local rivals Huddersfield YMCA.
Despite only winning two league games so far this season YMCA looked the most threatening in the opening exchanges with Emley striker Ruben Jerome having two good opportunities, but keeper Jack Peacock was on hand on both occasions to smother the danger.
But Burton bounced back brilliantly from the earlier sloppiness at the back and opened the scoring on nine minutes through Jordan Tindle from the spot, after he was brought down by ex Burton player Paul Wright.
After Tindle’s strike the game remained open and two minutes after the opening goal YMCA should have equalised through Kierah Leniham, but he scuffed his shot wide of the target from just eight yards.
A minute later Jerome continued to look threatening but his shot hit the side netting .
After awarding an early penalty, referee Nick Britcliffe was called into action again after fiery midfielder Josh Martin received a fortunate yellow card for a two-footed challenge on Burton veteran Martin Johnson, who also picked up a yellow card for retaliation.
Britcliffe’s decision proved even more important just five minutes later when Martin fired home the equaliser from 25 yards leaving Peacock a spectator as he was watched the ball fly past him into the net.
A series of spurned opportunities proved very costly for the visitors as they played some brilliant football for the 15 minutes after their equalising goal, but Jerome, Martin and Steve McMann were all off target.
It was the home side who were to have the half time lead thanks to Tindle’s sheer strength and determination when he battled hard to get on the end of a Mikey Vickerman pass and poke the ball past the on rushing Jonathan Gittins to put his side 2-1 ahead.
Richard Spychalski’s YMCA missed the best chances of the half and the second period continued in a similar fashion. In the 51st minute the away side received a free kick which was struck brilliantly, causing Peacock to spill the ball only for Jerome to see his follow up effort drift agonisingly wide of a post.
Jerome’s afternoon got even worse when ill discipline led to a deserved red card for a serious foul and bad language directed at the referee.
And with a man advantage Burton controlled the remainder of game to ensure they collected all three points which sees them climb the table, leaving new YMCA manager Spychalski wondering how his team couldn’t get something out of the game having created so many clear cut chances.
The defeat means Huddersfield YMCA remain 13th in the premier division just two points above bottom placed Tyersal who have three games in hand.