RICHARD HOLMES and Dave Gill each scored twice to boost Wooldale’s hopes of survival in Division I.
Wanderers travelled over to Uppermill for what was billed as a ‘relegation six-pointer’ and gained a stunning, if flattering, 4-1 win.
Uppermill played some lovely one-touch football into a strong wind and were rewarded with the first goal on 20 minutes, when the tricky Taylor weaved into the box and fired past keeper Darren Peacock.
Wooldale regrouped and sorted themselves to play route-one tactics and it paid off 10 minutes later when Gill equalised.
Uppermill were then stung by a quick-fire Holmes double before half time, the second a glorious running volley from a long kick downfield.
A verbal blasting from the home manager at half time seemed to do the trick for Uppermill who laid siege to the Wooldale goal for the majority of the second half, but a combination of stout defence – ably led by Chris Rowbottom – and the luck of the woodwork kept the scoreline intact.
To rub salt into Uppermill’s wounds, Gill broke free 15 minutes from time to seal a very valuable victory for the Holme Valley side.
Fenay Bridge gained a crucial 3-2 win in their second v third clash in Division IV at Cartworth Moor.
In blustery conditions and a strong wind behind them Cartworth dominated the early stages as Bridge struggled to get the ball out of their own half.
It was against the run of play that Bridge took a surprise 10th-minute lead when a cross from the left by Neil Thornton was met at the back post by Dave Keane, who volleyed home.
The lead lasted only five minutes as Moor equalised, and then the home side piled on the pressure, hitting a post and the bar before deservedly taking the lead following another corner.
Bridge continued to try to play neat football and create chances on the break, but were unable to take any before half time.
With the wind now behind them, Fenay Bridge piled on the pressure at the start of the second half but attack after attack were thwarted by some good defending.
Moor, playing similar to Bridge in the first half, continued to play on the break and created a few half chances but were unable to convert.
As the half progressed the pressure became more intense and after a succession of corners Bridge got the equaliser on 70 minutes when an inswinging corner from Thornton was missed by everyone and finished in the net.
Both sides pushed for the winner as a point was really no good for either side in the promotion race, and chances were created by both sides.
But the priceless winner came for Fenay Bridge on 85 minutes when a corner was flicked on at the near post by Richard Hepplestone and, rising highest, was Bridge skipper Martin Wilkinson to powerfully head into the top corner from 12 yards.
Ryan Eastwood’s brace helped Slaithwaite maintain top spot in Division II.
Although having some clear chances, it wasn’t until the 20th minute whenŠ Ashley Scott’s free kick was fumbled by the keeper and Richard Turner was on hand to give Slaithwaite the lead.
They went 2-0 up when Ryan Eastwood scored his first of two from the tightest of angles to squeeze the ball home.
Jason Raper was rarely tested in the first 45 minutes as the Slaithwaite defence soaked up any pressure that Kirkheaton put on them.
In the second half a great run by Aaron Ingram was ended when a Kirkheaton defender upended himŠin the penalty box.
The referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty whichŠEastwood duly dispatched to give Slaithwaite a comfortableŠ3-0 lead.
Kirkheaton were not allowed to get into their stride with Slaithwaite stifling any threats that they could muster.
But they scores with a minute remaining when a bizarre penalty decision was awarded and RaperŠjust failed to prevent keeping a clean sheet for the second week running.