GRANGE MOOR clinched their first league victory of the season against one of the Division III promotion challengers SC Cowlersley.
But, following last week’s 5-0 capitulation at the hands of Stag, things didn’t look much better for Moor after 10 minutes.
A slick move found the ball work its way to Cowlersley’s right, and a first-time cross was deflected in by the Cowlersley forward, giving the Moor keeper no chance.
Moor fought back and should have scored when James Keen miscued a pull-back with teammate Walker lurking six-yards out, allowing the defence to clear comfortably.
But, after the break, Moor were back on level terms.
Just a minute after the restart Moor won a corner on their right and centre-back John Elliott rose to power his header under the keeper and beyond a defender on the line to double his tally for the season.
Moor then had to defend solidly as Cowlersley looked for victory in a game they would have expected to win comfortably.
But Moor weathered the storm and caught Cowlersley napping.
Tim Smeaton cut in from the right and saw his shot saved, but he was quick to gather the rebound and sent a cross to the back post where Keen rose unmarked to head home the winner and lift his side off the foot of the table.
Also in Division III Linthwaite won the Colne Valley derby clash against Slaithwaite-based Coach and Horses 5-4.
Linthwaite began brightest taking the lead inside 10 minutes when Darrell Haigh scored from close range after a corner.
Lee Heads doubled Linthwaite’s lead soon after with a deflected 20-yard free-kick and James Castle made it 3-0 with a penalty after 25 minutes, awarded after Adam France was brought down in the area.
Coach and Horses then capped a sustained period of pressure with two long-range Owen Edwards goals either side of half-time, which sandwiched Haigh’s second of the game, scored after a mazy solo run just before the interval.
Heads beat the offside trap to restore Linthwaite’s three-goal advantage before Coach added two more goals to set up a nervy final 25 minutes for the home team but Linthwaite held on to record their second win of the campaign.
Division I outfit Britannia went into Saturday’s match against Lepton Highlanders game of the back of three cup games, coming away with only one win from them.
But they started well with Nick Cook playing a long ball down the right, which was flicked onŠ to Ben Clayton-Smith who lobbed it over the keeper to fire his side ahead. Britannia then took their foot of the gas and allowed Lepton to play themselves back into the game and they equalised after a poor clearance from a second-half corner.
With 25 minutes to play Britannia went aheadŠonce again through Clayton-Smith, who ran through from the half-way line leaving the Lepton defence in his wake and firing a shot past the keeper and Britannia went 3-1 up when Danny Walker won the ball on the edge of the box and threaded Josh Redshaw through and he finished coolly.
Lepton pulled a goal back on 80 minutes with a well-taken free kick, but Britannia held out to take all three points.
In Reserve Division II a Walker hat trick gave Slaithwaite a confidence-boosting 3-2 victory against fellow- strugglers Scissett.
But two defensive blunders gifted Scissett a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes before Walker showed good finishing to earn Slaithwaite all three points against a hard-working Scissett outfit.