KIRKBURTON’S second string maintained their quest for West Riding County Amateur League Reserve Division glory with a 5-2 win against Keighley Shamrocks.
The result leaves Kirkburton level on 35 points with leaders Steeton, but Burton have played a game more.
During a goalless first half the referee was the busiest person on the pitch when he sent off Kirkburton’s coach Craig Rennie after 25 minutes when he disputed and argued about some of his decision-making.
Then later in the half the Shamrock side lost their discipline and two players were also shown red cards within five minutes of each other.
Ryan Robinson fired Burton ahead with a great 20-yard strike before coach Rennie decided to change the formation to a three-four-three system. But the move backfired and after a mix-up in midfield Shamrocks No11 was through on goal with only goalkeeper Richard Kellett to beat and he coolly slotted it pass him as the nine men drew level.
Shamrocks’ keeper kept Keighley in the game, pulling off some terrific saves from Adam Wilson and Jordan Tindle, but he was finally beaten by Rob Barnes, who celebrated his birthday with a goal following a fine individual run.
Man-of-the-match Wilson laid on a precision pass for Tindle to make it 3-1 but Shamrocks’ never-say-die attitude paid off when they got a second goal after an initial save from Kellett was tucked away.
With 15 minutes left Shamrocks’ players began to tire and Burton stepped up a gear with Wilson netting a fourth after being put through by Dunstan and then the fifth came from Dunstan when a cross came in from the left, Wilson stepped over the ball, and he finished with ease.