KIRKBURTON slipped to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Campion at Manningham Mills.
Despite a weakened side, due to injuries and work commitments Burton were the better team in the first 20 minutes and should have scored through Jordan Tindle, but after beating two men he miscued his shot.
Campion took the lead on 22 minutes from a well worked corner, the ball was fired into the front post flicked towards the back post and finished with ease by the central defender.
They went further ahead 13 minutes later from a free-kick awarded for a foul, Burton keeper Jordan Robinson came to punch the ball but didn’t get a good contact and the ball fell to a Campion player who slotted the ball home.
Five minutes from the interval Tindle had a claim for a penalty but was turned down. by the Bradford referee and Campion nearly made it three before half-time from another set piece – the left back curled the ball around the wall towards the bottom right hand corner, but Robinson dived full length to push the ball around the post for a corner.
Kirkburton’s manager Dean Calcutt had a chance to pull a goal back right on the stroke of half-time but pulled his shot wide.
The visitors’ frustration with the referee, who had booked Calcutt and Tindle, saw coach Mick Reid ordered away from the field of play before the start of the second half. the Bradford referee then sent Reid away from the field of play, when asked why, the referee said he had been abusive towards him, all Mick Reid said to him was can you be more decisive in your decisions, and stop calling the opposition players by there first names. The referee had booked Calcutt earlier for something and nothing. He then booked tindle for making a legal challenge just after the kick off.
Campion added to their lead again from a free-kick. in the bottom left hand corner of the field for a perfectly good tackle on the left winger, the ball was drilled into the box, Robinson tried to punch the ball clear but fell to the boot of kirkburton’s defender, who sliced the ball went into the air and Campion’s striker’s looped header beat the keeper. just under the cross-bar. 3-0
The same Campion player got his second with a sweetly struck shot into the corner of the net.
Burton’s frustration with the referee grew as he put three more names in to his book, but there was a consolation The referee decided he needed to book kirkburton’s captain for disputing a throw-in on the hour mark, at this time Calcutt decided it was time for him to leave the field before he blew a gasket at the referee, on came lee Bradley. Then the ref booked dan Ingham for an innocuous tackle. So that was five bookings in a game that had not one bad tackle. when Josh Ingham saw a shot just go wide in the 75minute.
Kirkburton made their final substitution with 5minutes to go on came youngster Luke booth for Chris parker. when Tindle scored in the last minute. after been put through by substitute Lee Bradley.
Kirkburton’s second team beat Rawdon Old Boys 3-1 with goals from John Allison, Liam Gill and new signing Richard Kettlewell, whose father and grandfather played for Kirkburton.