HEPWORTH UNITED have opened up the new Division II season in style, with two victories.
They began with a 4-0 win over Netherton and followed up with a 1-0 win over promoted Scissett, who had also lost 1-0 to Shelley on the opening day of the campaign.
On a hot day with a hard pitch and difficult opponents, Hepworth toiled manfully to bring home the points from Nortonthorpe Sports Ground.
The first half was fairly even with neither side managing to get control of the game, but the visitors were quickest out of the blocks in the second half.
By playing the ball to the feet they got a grip on the game and began to put the home side under periods of intense pressure.
James Basnett and James Earnshaw both toiled up front for little reward until 15 minutes from the end. At this time space was beginning to open up and Basnett was winning the ball in the air.
Danny Ward linked well down the left with Simon Walsh who played a –2 with Basnett before the ball reached Earnshaw, who does didat he does best and rifled the ball home.
Hepworth’s midfield held their lines well and despite a close shave late on when Will Kilner clipped a Scissett attacker when he was bearing down on goal, Hepworth held on for a well-earned victory.
l Aimbry and Heywood Irish Centre started their campaigns a week later than the rest and they shared the points with a 2-2 draw.
Aimbry came flying out of the blocks and Kilroy senior hit the woodwork twice and Kilroy junior rounded the keeper but was prevented from scoring by a goalline clearance from Jagger.
Adam Bell went close at the other end and Heywood’s had a couple of penalty appeals turned down.
Aimbry upped the tempo and in the last 10 minutes of the half and Matt Kilner put them in front when he ficked in a long-range clearance.
Heywood’s came flying out in the second half and dominated play without creating many chances but eventually equalised through Steve Tattersley.
But back came Aimbry, and Kilroy senior put them back in front off the inside of a post.
Heywood’s now pushed on up front but Whitehead and Thorpe were staying and strong at the back for Aimbry, until a wicked deflection left their defence stranded and Shane Wooler slid the ball home.
l Shane Spencer proved too hot to handle for promoted Lindley Liberal as they were beaten 7-3 by Newsome WMC in Reserve Division I.
Lindley went in front with a strike from their centre forward but once Spencer got to work with four goals it all changed. Miller, Dominic Sykes and Mick Samuels were also on target.