Mount from Division Three of the Huddersfield District League, went into their latest game with no points from their first four matches and a goal difference of minus 23.
Their opponents were Calder Athletic, one of the two new clubs this season, who after having won their first three games, came unstuck when they went down 2-1 to Moorside.
Before the kick-off at Salendine Nook, most would have thought this was an away banker, but after a goalless first half, the final score was 3-0 to Mount.
Mount’s task was made a lot easier with the fact that Calder Athletic turned up with only nine men.
But after 45 minutes the score was 0-0.
In the second half the extra men took effect, however, and Rory Hillas gave Mount the lead following a good run from defence from Danny Lomax.
Hillas then provided the chance for Mike Sutton to tap in the second and Hillas rounded off a fine personal performance by scoring a solo goal to finish the scoring at 3-0 to Mount.
Mount have two teams and they didn’t muster a single win between them all last season.
An interesting fact about the Mount club is that they have several players split between their two teams who travel a long way to play for the club.
Four come from Manchester, three from the Bradford area and a couple of others travel a fair distance as well.
This fact speaks volumes for both the club and the players. Based on the results of last season, how many clubs in the League have so many men willing to travel especially with the knowledge that they are more than likely to lose?
Although Mount manage to retain their players, they are always on the lookout for new talent.
The other new team are Kings Brigade, who are based in Bradford. They suffered four successive defeats to start the season but, last week, they registered their first win – 3-2 over Black Horse. Their scorers were John Glen (2) and Lionel Mairs.
Salendine Nook consolidated their lead at the top with a double-figure score against Brighouse OB while keeping their fourth clean sheet of the season.
Four of the top six lost last week, so the two winners find themselves in a better position.
Almondbury Woolpack had a 4-0 win over Uppermill and moved into second while previously seventh-placed Junction moved up four positions after a 2-0 win at 3D Dynamos.
Division Three currently has four teams level at the top with 10 points, but they had varying results last week.
None of the top three going into last week’s matches actually won. Leaders Marsden lost their first game of the season when they went down 3-2 at Dram. Bobby Draper, Jordan McMinn and Chris Brown all scored for Dram.
Second-placed AFC Lindley shared the points in a 1-1 draw with Upperthong. Daniel Wright scored for Lindley with Paul Hamer getting Upperthong’s goal.
But the surprise of the day came at Paddock. The home side had amassed only one point from their first four games while visitors Flockton had a 100% record, so a 2-2 draw was unexpected.
However, Paddock have had a tough set of fixtures as they have now played the top four in their five matches, so perhaps their League position might be slightly false.
Playing down the slope, Paddock fell behind to a Sam Beesley goal but equalised through Nathan Folan. He beat the defence and as the Flockton keeper came out, he calmly “dinked” the ball over him and into the net.
In the second half, the side playing uphill took the lead. Paddock’s Josh Sykes found himself in a one-on-one with the keeper. He took the ball a fraction too wide but his shot-cum-cross was met by Folan to give Paddock the lead.
But Flockton fought back and Beesley’s second goal earned his side a point and retained their unbeaten start to the season.
With the top three all dropping points, Brook Motors took advantage and a 3-0 win over Grange Moor took their points tally to 10, the same as Marsden, Lindley and Flockton.