IF YOU want to see plenty of goals in the District League, then perhaps you should avoid matches involving Grange Moor.
In six League games they have conceded only four goals, an average of one every 135 minutes, and they have scored more than two on only one occasion, but its been enough for them to have won five and drawn one of the six matches.
After last weeks 2-0 win over YMCA courtesy of two Moran goals, they now share top spot in Division Three with Royal Dolphins. The latter dropped their first point of the season when they could only draw 1-1 with Upperthong.
The pair are not walking away with the division though, as Holmbridge are two behind, having lost to the Dolphins in the second match of the season.
Fourth placed Upperthong are not to be dismissed either as, despite being four points behind the leaders and having played one game more, they are the club who have taken points off both top clubs.
In the top four divisions, it’s now only Shelley that have a 100% record, although they had their narrowest victory of the season with a 3-0 win at Hade Edge.
Previously they had scored at least seven in every League match.
Division Two saw a side lose their unblemished record when Berry Brow were beaten at home by neighbours Netherton.
Brow held a deserved half-time lead with a goal from Davies, but the game changed with a double substitution by Netherton’s coach Alan Wadsworth at the break. Joel Nelson scored his first to level the scoring and minutes later, his second put Netherton ahead.
Daniel Rodgers made it 3-1 with an overhead kick but a penalty from Davies brought the difference back down to one. However, Nelson completed his hat trick to secure a 4-2 win.
Netherton overtake Brow at the top but Lamb Inn are breathing down their neck being just three points behind the leaders with a game in hand following their 3-1 win over Scissett.
Three of the other matches ended all square and the one that didn’t was settled in favour of Scholes, who beat Skelmanthorpe 3-2.
In Division One, the top three met the bottom three with all matches going to form, although the margin of victory was one, one and two.
The middle six of the division made up the rest of the fixtures and it proved a poor day for Shepley and Hepworth.
Both are mid-table mainly because they have both drawn three matches, but last week the pair of them suffered defeat for the first time this season in League matches.
Hepworth lost 5-2 at home to Meltham while Shepley tasted defeat at the hands of Britannia Sports.
In the Reserve Divisions, Diggle Reserves are emulating Shelley’s performances. They are the only other team to have a 100% record and judging by the scores, it is difficult to predict which of the two will crack first.
Perhaps the performance of the day belonged to Westend A in reserve Division Four.
Prior to last week’s match against Hade Edge Reserves, Westend A’s record was drawn four and lost two of their six fixtures, while Hade Edge Reserves had won six of their seven.
Westend entered a third team in the league only at the last possible moment due to many of their juniors wanting to play open age football.
A young team often takes time to find its feet, but they will certainly be encouraged by last week’s performance.
They scored twice in each half to give them a 4-1 win with goals from Jordan Parker, Steve Batley and two for man-of-the-match Matthew Turibamwe.