Netherton A 0 Honley A 11
HONLEY made the shortest trip of the season when they faced their neighbours Netherton, for the first league meeting between the two sides.
The visitors kicked off and took time to adjust to the smaller pitch.
With seven minutes on the clock, Joe Holdsworth opened the scoring with a fine right foot curler from the edge of the box, which the home keeper could only help on its way.
Moments later, Honley led by two, when Alfie Farris latched onto Nathan Newton’s through ball to smash home his first league goal for his new club.
Netherton rallied but Honley pressed on and when Mounsey out jumped the home defence to head home a Sam Mannion corner, they were now firmly in control.
The introduction of joint top scorers Cole Barrett and Alex Roberts did little but add to Netherton’s woes, when Barrett hit the net with his first touch. Roberts came close hitting the post and crossbar before Barrett added a further two to make it 6-0 at the break.
The second half saw Honley increase their lead when the home keeper pushed a Mannion throw into his own net.
Farris doubled his season tally with a sweet struck volley before Morgan Connor finished off a fine passing move to increase the lead to nine.
Mounsey again headed home from a fine set piece and Roberts got his just reward when a cross field ball from Elian Williams was inch perfect for the striker to fire home.
Team: Alex Taylor, Joseph Holdsworth, Morgan Connor, Nathan Newton, Sam Mannion, Elian Williams, Alfie Farris,
Subs: Alex Roberts, Jacob Mounsey, Cole Barrett. Goals C Barrett 3, A Farris 2, J Mounsey 2,J Holdsworth, M Connor ,A Roberts og .
Man of the Match J Mounsey.
Netherton B 0 v Honley B 10
HONLEY struggled at first with Netherton’s narrow pitch and were matched by the home side for a while with good skill being shown by Netherton, particularly their female player.
But once they did get into their stride, Honley applied pressure that they did not relinquish until the final whistle.
Dallagher was as determined as ever with strong runs and forceful tackles throughout and he was rewarded for his efforts in the second half. Elliot ran for everything and pushed forward and Connor too made some good mid-field runs. Improving new-comer Sykes was trying a new position up-front using his athletic skills to chase down lost causes.
Reliable defender, MoM Dean, stifled Netherton’s through balls at the back and found the space to make numerous runs forward in his quest to score. Doran demonstrated his skills with an impressive 15 yard daisy cutter scoring the first goal for Honley. While Newton (O), and Matibudi worked hard up front.
The second half was all Honley with Netherton defending admirably but to no avail as nine goals hit the back of their net – two own goals, two from Matibudi, two from Newton (O) and three from Dallagher.
From start to finish the second half was clinical and efficiently handled by Honley with the boys giving their all and richly deserving the win.
Team: Morgan Conner, Owen Dallagher, Paul Dean, Nathan Doran, Joshua Elliot, Jamie Lynch, Themba Matibudi, Oliver Newton, Flynn Sykes.
Man of the match: Paul Dean.