HEAVY rain on already waterlogged pitches caused the postponement of many RCD League games – but a few late kick-offs survived.
One to beat the weather was at Royds Hall School where Linthwaite entertained Halifax Irish in an Under 15 Division I meeting.
But Linthwaite might have regretted having a good pitch as they suffered a heavy loss at the hands of the league leaders and last season’s Under 14 champions – going down 12-1.
Having finished fourth behind their opponents last season and running them close in their two league encounters, there was nothing to suggest this game would be any different.
And when Reece Hayden-Malpass headed home a Jordan Cropper corner mid-way through the first half to make the score only 2-1 to Halifax, the game looked well balanced.
An unfortunate accident then halted play for a few minutes as Daniel Keane was carried off the pitch with what appeared to be a bruised leg, following a clash with one of his own teammates, but it was later discovered at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary that he had, in fact, broken his ankle in two places.
Despite losing one of their most influential players, goals from Bradley Hall, Liam Borla-Tridon, Jacob Brown (2), Rhys Thomas (2) and a hat trick each for Adam Whittaker and Mark Everingham secured a very comfortable win for the Elland-based side.
Westend’s Under 11s stated their claim for the Division I title with a solid win over Batley.
Although the league leaders scored twice, replies from Thomas Brook (2), Alfie Westwood (2) and Ben Mellor ensured a morale-boosting 5-2 home win for Salendine Nook-based Westend.
A Harry Mansell hat trick helped Lepton Highlanders to victory at Gomersal.
A single strike for the home side was not enough as Brody Bedford added to the Linthwaite tally to give them a solid 4-1 win.
Rastrick’s dreams of promotion from Division IV of the Under 13s suffered a blow when leaders Greetland netted five without reply to cement their place at the top of the division.
Jack MacDonald, Elliott Sayers and a Tom Dighton hat trick accounted for Greetland’s tally.
Cumberworth progressed to the second round of the Under 16 Cup on their visit to Warley Rangers.
Warley’s single strike was bettered by replies from Joshua Kilner (2) and Ben Hallit to secure Cumberworth’s place in the next round.
Greetland Under 16s’ position at the top of Division IV was put under threat by Brighouse.
George Smith scored twice for Brighouse to put Greetland’s unbeaten record in danger but replies from Marcus Stapley, Thomas Hales and Thomas Rollins were just enough for a home victory.
YMCA re-inforced their hopes of another league title with a solid away win at struggling Howden Clough.
Clough, who are trying hard to avoid the relegation zone, struck three times to keep YMCA on their toes but replies from Jake Robshaw, Joe Moxon, George Hampshire and brothers Jay and Jem Brogan-Ellis ensured victory and a vital three points the YMCA.