A BRACE by John Allison helped fire Kirkburton to third in the West Riding County Amateur League Division I when they struck Wakefield City for six without reply!
The visitors didn’t know what had hit them in the first half and the sheer pace and skilful play of Kirkburton gave them a 5-0 half-time lead.
Burton’s first goal came after seven minutes when Adrian Smith fed Michael Reynolds, who put in a superb cross for Jordan Tindle to hammer home.
Chris Parker came close soon afterwards with a header from another cross by former Emley player Reynolds, but the keeper saved comfortably.
A long-range effort by Allison made it 2-0 when the keeper thought he had it covered but as he bent down to pick it up, the ball bobbled over his arms and through his legs.
Parker had chance to amend his previous effort on goal when he received the ball from Reynolds, but he scuffed his shot and the keeper collected easily.
Parker was on target adding a third from a cross from Tindle on 30 minutes.
Reynolds once again turned provider when he skipped past the full-back and whipped in a precision cross for Adrian Smith to finish with a powerful header.
The fifth goal came from an individual effort from the previous goal provider, this time Reynolds took on the full-back and beat him with ease, then beat the centre-back and struck the ball with his left foot into the bottom corner.
Wakefield did have an effort on goal just before half-time from a free-kick but the ball eventually went out for a corner.
Wakefield came out in the second half determined to try and get something out of the game.
Their first effort came from 25 yards out but Burton keeper Scott Bissett was equal to it, pushing the ball onto a post and out for a corner.
But in doing so he was injured and had to be replaced by Tindle, and manager Dean Calcutt also threw Ryan Jagger into the fray.
Jagger was soon in the thick of the action having a shot blocked after taking on two defenders and getting in a shot on 60 minutes.
But Burton added a sixth when, after a long clearance by Tim Capewell, Parker controlled the ball just outside the City penalty area and laid the ball back to the onrushing Allison, who produced an accurate finish.
Boss Calcutt then brought on promising youngster Joshua Ingham for Adrian Smith in midfield and also brought on another youngster James Mellor for the hard-working Parker up front.
Mellor got involved with the action straight away, and when Allison tried his luck from distance again the keeper couldn’t hold on, and Mellor followed up for the rebound and squared the ball to Jagger who screwed the ball wide.
But, having used all their subs, Burton went down to 10 men when Capewell was forced off with a slight hamstring pull, but held on for a comfortable victory against the basement club.