LEPTON Highlanders kept their 100 % record in the District League.
They won their fourth successive match and all four have been by a single goal.
But this won’t concern the Highlanders as goal difference doesn’t count at the end of the season.
It was a Coughlan goal that gave them a 1-0 victory over Cumberwoth on a day when only four Division I matches were played because of West Riding Cup fixtures.
There was a vital game at the bottom as Heywood Irish hosted Uppermill.
Heywoods were pointless at the start of the game but this was no surprise to secretary Jeff Mellor or coach Carl Marriott.
During the close season Heywoods lost a total of 12 players, leaving only five from last season’s 17-man squad.
Some have gone to play in the County Amateur League and some have returned to their former clubs, but a few stalwarts (the two mentioned above are examples) have stayed. After 10 good years, the immediate future does not look as bright.
Their opponents Uppermill had only one point to their credit and so the outcome was vital to both teams.
Heywoods played with the wind at their backs in the first half and built up a three-goal advantage.
Billy Callaghan scored the first and 18-year-old newcomeer Joe Reddington the second. He was put clear by a Darren Henighan pass before beating his marker and finishing coolly from 10 yards.
Lee Hargreaves netted the third but there was still some doubt at the break as to whether the lead was big enough.
Uppermill, however, did not use the wind to their advantage and although they had plenty of possession, they rarely troubled Heywoods keeper, Tony Scally. The nearest he came to being beaten was 20 minutes into the second half when Uppermill struck a post.
Heywoods increased their lead when Henighan beat two men before slotting home. Uppermill scored a consolation with a penalty in the last minute.
The win took Heywoods out of the relegation zone and they are replaced by the conquered Uppermill.
There were only four games in Division II.
Berry Brow joined Netherton at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Westend, while at the other end of the table, the bottom two met and Skelmanthrope notched their first win of the season by beating Scissett 4-0.
In Division III, Grange Moor dropped their first point of the season drawing 2-2 at Upperthong.
High scores was again the order of the day in Division IV.
Shelley scored eight but Heyside beat that tally as they netted 12 times. These two sides have now opened up a gap of six points above the third-placed team.
In the West Riding Cup, two Division I teams made an early exit. Newsome WMC lost 2-0 at Glasshoughton and Britannia Sports were beaten 5-3 after extra-time by Bramham.
Some other First Division teams are entered in the West Riding Trophy, an easier but still competitive cup, and obviously have a better chance.
Moldgreen and Third Division Brook Motors won their first-round ties. In second round matches, 12 District League clubs were involved and there was an even split with six winning and six losing.
Honley, Royal Dolphins, Linthwaite, Netherton, Kirkheaton ans Savile Town are the six through.