MARSDEN won the battle of the bottom two, scoring a 2-0 success at Battyeford in the Under 11 Division 4A.
With only one win for their efforts previously this season, Marsden were just one place above bottom club Battyeford (still searching for their first point), going into the game.
Despite their lowly positions, the two sides turned on an exciting display to keep the crowd warm on a chilly day at Battyeford’s West Mills Playing Fields.
And the result was still very much in the balance up until Marsden’s second goal 15 minutes from the end.
A very tight first half produced no goals as Marsden’s Jack Riley, Harry Woor, Dawson Brook-Tinham and Ethan Rouse kept the Battyeford attack at bay while, at the other end, Alex Williams, Danyal Abubaker and James Holdsworth were equally efficient in denying Marsden, and half time arrived with no score.
With the game finely balanced, the second half started with a bang as Rouse was allowed to run straight through the middle to fire Marsden into the lead with a terrific shot into the top corner.
For a side struggling to find points from anywhere, Battyeford might easily have folded at this setback, but the Mirfield side showed remarkable determination and almost equalised a few minutes later when Finlay Cooper’s snapshot at the near post from a right-wing cross flew inches wide.
End-to-end football was now the order of the day as both sides tried hard to add to the scoreline and both keepers were kept busy as almost every attack produced a shooting chance.
But, despite a couple of tremendous saves, Josh Howe was unable to prevent Max Sutcliffe’s 15-yard shot through a crowded penalty area from doubling Marsden’s lead.
Brandon Rebainis, Tom Cooper and Charlie Spencer worked hard to get the home side back in the game and Abubaker was a rock at the heart of their defence but, unfortunately, there was no way back for Battyeford.
For Marsden the workrate of Max Corscadden, Tarun Walker and Josh Heeley was enough to earn another three points, which moves them up the division one place.
Battyeford’s much-improved Joel Cunliffe collected the man of the match award and there’s little doubt that with more performances like this, it won’t be long before they pick up that first elusive win.