CRAVEN couldn’t repeat their feat of the previous week, when they were the first team to defeat top side Town Boys – but they nevertheless overturned a 3-1 deficit against in-form Division I rivals Britannia Sports to earn a creditable 3-3 draw.
On target for Britannia was Alex Pearson with a hat trick, Hampshire replying for Craven.
In Division II Field Head cemented third spot with a convincing 5-1 win over Walpole Community at Standiforth Rec.
Dan Wright (2), Craig Brown, Ian Brown and Stephen Thomson notched for the victors, with Paul Henry replying for the hosts.
Walpole were forced to put out a weakened side with players missing through suspension and injury.
And play was pretty even, until Field Head got a corner and the centre-back rose to head home unmarked.
Walpole equalised with influential skipper Paul Henry smashing home a free-kick from 35 yards but in the second half Field ran away with the game, due to a catalogue of errors by Walpole but the visitors battled till the end yet it wasn’t enough.
Woodfield Park have hit a good spell of form and their latest result was a 4-1 success over Barr Street.
Carl Ross (2), Costello and David Land scored for Park, whose man-of-the-match was veteran defender Peter Armitage who rolled back the years with a solid performance.
In an Interdivisional contest Sunday League Division II leaders HD One increased their lead to five points after a 2-1 defeat of Division I side Athletico Monkey who failed to capitalise on numerous chances.
It was another solid performance from HD One who created plenty of chances before taking the lead.
A corner, whipped in by Paul Jagger, was flicked on by Steve Ashford at the near post and the ball fell to defender David Sykes who guided his effort into the far corner to notch his first goal of the season.
Then, with about 20 minutes remaining, a low cross from Matthew Hanley should have found Martin Newham, but the defender pulled him to the floor resulting in a penalty. Jagger fired to the keeper’s left for a 2-0 lead.
Monkey pulled a goal back to set up a backs-to-the-wall final 10 minutes but the HD One defence held firm. Despite Steve Ashford receiving the man-of-the-match accolade, special mention goes to David Sykes who, despite injuries forcing the left back into the centre of defence in recent weeks, was very solid again.
With Helion not in action the top of Division II is becoming clearer. With equal games played HD One are five points clear of Helion but Woodfield Park and Field Head could close the gap when they play their games in hand.