Honley FC produced a strong display to notch a 4-2 West Riding County Amateur League win over Lower Hopton Reserves.
However, Lower Hopton were not in the mood to do their rivals any favours in Honley’s first ever WRCA League Division II home game.
The away team started in attacking fashion and could have been 2-0 up within 15 minutes had it not been for some fine goalkeeping from Honley’s man of the match Jordan Robinson.
Hopton did take the lead on 20 minutes, when a cross-shot struck the ball and fell invitingly to the feet of Liam Royal whose low drive found the bottom corner.
The home team managed to steady the ship as midfielder Oliver Willett’s accurate cross was neatly directed into Hopton’s top corner by Jamie Taylor after 28 minutes of play.
The game ebbed and flowed until Hopton had a corner late in the half, the cross was half cleared to Royal who latched onto the clearance to smash home a low drive from 30 yards.
Honley went into the break a goal down but responded well and the second half was a higher tempo and it wasn’t long before James Clapham was on the scoresheet.
A Matthew Sykes through ball was left by Taylor to allow Clapham a run at goal and he managed to beat Hopton’s keeper Nathan Alexander to the ball and toe-poke his effort into the empty net.
Within 10 minutes Honley had taken the lead and it was Clapham who scored after Sykes’ his long range shot was fumbled by Alexander who could only watch as Clapham slotted the loose ball home from close range.
At 3-2 the game was still in the balance and Robinson once more pulled off a fine save to his left when Hopton’s Dominic Scoon beat the offside trap and shot across Robinson, who was equal to the Hopton effort.
With 15 minutes remaining, Honley’s Max Vassallo wrapped up the game when he smartly controlled a long pass from Matthew Stor before beating his marker onoly to have his shirt pulled and the referee awarded a penalty.
Vassallo stepped up to place his shot home to make it 4-2.