BRITANNIA SPORTS moved into the top four of the Under 17 section after grinding out this hard-earned victory over HAFC Copley.
The game was all about attack versus defence and on this occasion the Britannia defence won the day.
Declan Rothery and Marc Loboda got to grips with their midfield duties from the start and some slick passing gave Danny Reid and Luke Halinan space to attack down the flanks.
But despite Copley dominating the first 15 minutes, keeper John Gittins did not have a single shot to save as the Britannia back line, marshalled by captain Tom Wigley, set up an impenetrable wall.
The opening goal was against the run of play and came about when HAFC keeper Gary Whittaker made the error of picking the ball up direct from his own teammate's throw-in.
The resulting free kick floated across the goalmouth and although a Copley defender got a touch he could only direct the ball into his own net.
Although this was a set-back it was still early in the game, and with Britannia only making the occasional counter attack, the Elland side looked well capable of getting back into the game.
But by half time the Britannia goal had been threatened only twice. First Lee Anderson forced keeper Gittins into action with a low drive before Lewis Knaggs fired over with Copley's best chance just before the break.
Britannia began to take more control after the restart as midfielder Steven Batley set up speedy counter attacks through Jagga Bhandhal and Lucas Mattheson, and it was the latter who found time and space to give Britannia a much needed cushion.
A terrific flick header brought the best out of keeper Gittins, whose acrobatics turned the ball just over the bar to deny Callum Cook as the visitors continued to threaten.
The outcome of the game was decided when a half-clearance fell to Batley and the midfielder made no mistake from 10 yards.
The Britannia defence was finally breached in the 85th minute when a terrific move involving Danny Reid and Joe Griffin was finished off in style by Callum Cook with a dipping shot.