SLOPPY defending and wayward finishing cost Storthes Hall dear as they lost their derby 4-1 against Kirkburton.
The Hall made a positive start to the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division clash, a flowing move resulting in a clear chance for Matt Tattersley – but his first-time volley went over from 10 yards.
The normally reliable Hall defence had an off day after that and conceded twice within a minute.
Firstly, they allowed Dan Ingham to ghost past two static defenders and shot low into the net, then Jordan Tindle was given time to advance to the edge of the box to dispatch a shot past the helpless Matt Day.
The Hall responded when Michael Tunnacliffe sent a pass through to Andy Haigh, but he fired straight at the keeper instead of reducing the arrears.
Kirkburton keeper Danny Armitage then got down well to tip around a low drive from Tunnacliffe before Pardeep Singh fired wide when well placed.
With those chances missed, the visitors were rocked again five minutes before the break when John Allison was allowed far too much room down the right and beat Day with a low near-post shot.
Just after the break, Burton cleared a corner off the line and Dion Smith saw the follow-up well clawed away by Armitage.
Then, as the Hall continued to press to get back in the game, Tunnacliffe clipped a post with a well-struck free kick and Chris Mulvihill had a volley crash out off the bar.
With 10 minutes left, Rob Morris’s header was handled on the line and Tunnacliffe pulled one back for Storthes Hall from the spot.
As time ran out, however, Kirkburton caught their opponents on the break and Lyam Gill pounced to fire in their fourth as the ball broke loose in the box.