Wakefield and District Sunday League Div 4
Crown Scissett 3 Real Carlton 0
CROWN’S hopes of title glory received a welcome boost in a hotly contested match against the only team in the league to have beaten them this season.
The Pontefract side were in confident mood having soundly beaten Crown 5 – 1 at their Racecourse ground at the beginning of March.
Unfortunately, particularly given the importance of the match, the league, for the third time this season, failed to provide a referee. It was eventually agreed that a member of the Real Carlton contingent would officiate in the first half and the injured Steve Beaumont would do the honours after half-time.
The Carlton keeper was kept busy, but Crown’s finishing lacked crispness.
Five minutes into the half Bond burst down the right wing and crossed, but Sansom, running into the six-yard box to head the ball in for a certain goal, was floored from behind by a Carlton defender. Sansom himself took the penalty and made no mistake from the spot.
The visitors fought back and put Crown were on the defensive, bringing Ross Evans into the action after the break.
But, with less than 15 minutes left, Bond picked up the ball from the edge of the Carlton 18-yard box, crossed to Sansom who found Crown manager Croucher who deftly took it past a defender into the penalty and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper.
Real Carlton were always a threat on the break, but Crown defended well and with three minutes of normal time to go, from a corner, Sansom played a short ball to Ray Cosgrove who then picked up the return pass and crossed for Danny McDermott’s to head home his first goal of the season.
(Match picture next week)