STORTHES Hall weathered a stormy start to their WRCA League Premier Division clash with Wibsey to hit back in style with a 4-1 home win.
The visitors made a fast start and Lee Pollard in the Hall goal reacted well in the second minute, getting down to parry a low shot from Chris Wood and, from the resulting corner, Dion Smith kept the home goal intact by clearing off the line.
However, Wibsey kept up the momentum to go in front after seven minutes as Mick Walton took advantage of some slack defending to fire low into the net.
This was the wake-up call the home team needed and two minutes later they drew level as Levi Maturine’s cross from the left was headed home by Matt Mulvihill.
Maturine, stepping up from the second team, led the Wibsey defence a merry dance and on 31 minutes he went on a run down the right, leaving two defenders behind, and his low cross was converted by Mulvihill.
Hall went further ahead three minutes before the interval as Maturine found space down the left and his chip was headed in by Chris Drew.
Shortly after the restart the game was settled as a contest as Maturine’s break down the left took him into the Wibsey box and when his shot was blocked Mulvihill smashed the loose ball into the net.
Mulvihill turned provider shortly afterwards, setting up Andy Haigh, but from a good position he shot over the bar. With 10 minutes left Maturine almost got the goal his performance deserved but his free-kick was clawed away by Wibsey keeper Tom O’Hara.
WRCA Premier League outfit Kirkburton are gunning for glory tomorrow night when they take on Wakefield side Hall Green United in the final of the Sheffield Cup at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium (kick off 7pm).