TOWN BOYS mounted an astonishing second-half fightback to pinch a point and become co-leaders of Division I.
Black Bull led 5-1 at half time thanks to goals from Adam Wilson – a 20-yard rocket which flew in off the underside of the bar – Dave Gill (2), Dean Calcutt (diving header from a Wilson cross) and Sam Haigh.
The Boys’ only strike was from man-of-the-match Les Shade, who encouraged his side tirelessly, and things did not look good – but what a difference the break made!
With fitness telling and new coach Roberto Kerr a big influence, the home side recovered to level through Aamer Gaff, Majid Khan, Zaman Ullah and Abdul Leftisi.
Even then, there was a dramatic final attack from Bull, but Robert Barnes was foiled by Boys keeper Richard King in a one-on-one.
Craven earned their first point of the season in a 3-3 draw against a Britannia side still looking for their best form.
Craven were 3-1 up through Shane Kelly, Dave Brennan and Adam Ryder, with Kieran Lenihan replying for Britannia.
A penalty in the second half allowed Ben Clayton-Smith to pull another back and then a strike by Matthew Trebble levelled the scores.
Athletico Monkey are another side under-performing at the moment, but they chalked a 5-2 win over First Huddersfield thanks to a hat trick from Dean Siddiq.
Siddiq and Ben Dobson put Monkey two up before Paul Roper levelled with a brace.
Will Davidson restored the Monkey lead before half time, clearing the way for Siddiq to wrap things up (Alastair De-Looze setting up two of the goals). Chris Hellawell was the pick for the Busmen.
In Division II, HD One are the new leaders after defeating Helion 5-4 while previous top dogs Walpole Community were held 1-1 by Field Head. HD One’s scorers were Paul Jagger (2), Martin Newham, Matthew Hanley and Carl Tabisz.
Walpole employed a new 4-3-3 formation and, despite dominating the first half, they found themselves a goal down to Field Head after Richard Lewis and skipper Paul Henry had gone close. Walpole kept up the pressure and sub Anton Samms equalised after some excellent build-up play to secure a fair point. Man-of-the-match was John McKenzie.
Woodfield Park beat Woolpack 6-2 with Adam Laverick bagging a hat trick.
Barr Street put 12 past Wellington with Scott Hufton and Andrew Littlewood each getting hat tricks.
In the West Riding Trophy, Waterloo BC progressed to the next round with an impressive 4-0 win over Otley Town.
Despite a jittery start, new signing Elliot Webster put Waterloo ahead and then chances became few and far between – Peter Jennings confident in the Waterloo goal.
Stephen Jennings put the result beyond doubt when adding the second and third strikes either side of half time before Webster grabbed his second of the tie.