IT was the same story in both Division I and Division II as the league leaders maintained their perfect starts to the season.
Division I pace-setters Heywood Irish Centre ran out 3-2 winners against a stubborn Honley Socialist side, who took the lead through Danny Knutton.
However Heywood bounced back to run out winners with a brace from Ashley Flynn and another from Adam Bell. Olly Hughes replied in vain for battling Honley.
Second place Team Forward kept up the pressure on Heywood with a 3-1 victory over Marsh Lib.
The game was not quite as straightforward as the scoreline may suggest however, as Marsh made things difficult for their opponents and may count themselves unlucky not to come away with a point.
Nicholas McMahon, Liam Riley and Kieran Ryan notched for Forward with their previous games’ four-goal hero Richard Parkin netting for Marsh.
Cricketers Arms bounced back from their 5-2 defeat against Team Forward with a comprehensive 8-1 demolition of Wellington.
Things were made easy for the home side after Wellington had two men sent-off in the first half, and goals from Dean Johnson (two), Marcus Thomas (two), Paul Wood, Jackie Walker, Nathan Tayo and Aaron Kirk made sure of a comprehensive victory.
Like their Division I counterparts, Division II joint leaders Golcar Con and Rose and Crown both kept up 100% records.
Both sides managed 7-1 victories. Golcar Con’s came against Heywood Irish Centre’s second string, with Andrew Allison continuing from last week’s eight goal haul with a brace. James Dickinson, Richard Metcalfe, Tom McCreadie, Aitken and Swallow completed the scoring.
Something has to give in the leaders’ next league games as Golcar Con and the Rose and Crown face each other.
Elsewhere, third played fourth as Lindley WMC took on Thornhill Arms. The game got off to a flying start as both teams scored during the first five minutes.
Lindley went into a 3-2 lead after half an hour, and then hammered four more past a tiring Thornhill.
Brighton Mugadza and Adams each bagged a brace for Lindley with Howard Cartledge, Tom Kelly and an own goal completing the scoring.
Bottom club Kirkheaton Lib scored easily the best goal of the match and still went down 7-1 to Rose and Crown.
On target for the Lib was Craig Dunn, who left the Rose keeper floundering with a fantastic Brazil-style 35-yard volley.
Supporters will be hoping it’s a sign of better things to come for the Lib, who have still to take a point.
Rose and Crown’s scorers were Luke Haigh (hat trick), Darren Blower, Richard Coggan, Mark Cocks and Parker.
Heywood Irish Centre take on Liverpool-based Home and Bargain in the first round of the FA Sunday Carlsberg Cup at Sygenta tomorrow (2.15).
Paul Quinn’s outfit are Huddersfield’s sole representative in the first round and are hoping they can put on a good show on behalf of the town.
Home and Bargain were champions of the Liverpool Business League and will be tough to beat.
But Quinn has a full complement of players to select from.
He said: “This competition will not be the ultimate reflection on our season, we simply want to do ourselves and the Huddersfield area justice.”
Heywood Irish Centre Squad: Ashe, N Jaggar, Waller, Bell, Quinn, M Jaggar, C Bradshaw, L Bradshaw, Wilson, A Flynn, JP Flynn, Perrin, Hall, Carr, Tattersley, Brown, Higgins, Williams.