HONLEY RESERVES have had a double-topping fortnight.
Fourteen days ago they knocked Kirkheaton Rovers off top spot in Division I to go third, and then seven days ago they beat Diggle by the same scoreline to go top of the pile.
And they had to do it the hard way – coming from behind twice – to gain a 3-2 win and take over top spot.
Diggle took the lead from a corner through Steve Scoltock before Honley’s player-manager, Robin Woodward, pounced on the visitors’ indecision in failing to clear a long throw into the penalty area.
The visitors to Neiley Playing Fields restored their lead early in the second half thanks to Sam Molden, which led to Honley reorganising and sending on Craig MacNamara up front and the promising Danny Whiley in midfield.
The move paid immediate dividends with MacNamara volleying home an equaliser and then putting them in the lead with a second.
MacNamara missed a chance for a hat trick and Diggle had one disallowed for offside and Honley held on for their fifth win of the season and a narrow one-point lead at the top.
Uppermill A came from behind twice to take all three points and go joint top of Reserve Division II along with Linthwaite Athletic.
The visitors to Churchill Playing Fields rocked the home side by going 2-0 up inside 20 minutes with some excellent goals from Simon Haigh.
But the home side got back into the game when John Lees scored with a left-foot shot, and then equalised with a well-placed penalty to make it all square at the break.
Linthwaite pressed early in the second half and created a few good chances, only to be kept out by a tight Uppermill defence, but they could nothing about the visitors taking the lead again with a powerful strike from outside the area from Michael Booth.
The pressure was now on the home team and John Lees had the ball in the net for a third time but it was disallowed.
This seemed to spur on the home players and a mistake by the Linthwaite keeper allowed George Mills an equaliser.
Then, with only two minutes remaining on the clock, Uppermill attacked on the break and Mills slotted home the winner.
Westend opened up a three-point lead at the top of Reserve Division III following a 6-3 win over third-placed Brook Motors.
Tomlinson netted a hat trick and others came from Thwaites (M) (2) and Boothroyd.
Cumberworth A were the top-scorers of the day with a 10-1 success over Flockton in Reserve Division IV.
Kenworthy rattled in four of the goals and others came from Barkworth (2), Wells (2), Whitehead and Smythe.