Saturday 29th March

 

 Upperthong Res 1 Netherton 4

 

 

The second team won through to the semi-finals of the Richardson

 

Cup with a convincing 4-1 victory over Upperthong Reserves at

 

Jagger Lane, Honley. Management team Neil Wood and Richard

 

Winterbottom were forced into emergency action as Netherton's

 

squad was decimated by injuries, stag do's and players cup tied.

 

Wood started the game leading the forward line and looked

 

comfortable holding the ball up and bringing his team mates into play

 

while Winterbottom grew in confidence after realising which way his

 

 team were kicking in the first half. The first half was goalless with

 

the main action involving Wood who was forced to go in goals late in

 

the half after picking up a hamstring injury. Netherton took the lead

 

early in the second half with a deserved goal for the lively Joel

 

Nelson who intercepted a back pass before slotting home. Josh

 

Harling doubled the lead rising high to head into the top corner.

 

 

Josh Harlng relaxing after the game
 
 

Upperthong responded and pulled a goal back but this made

 

Netherton increase the pressure and Robertshaw having been

 

released from goalkeeping duties raced through the home team

 

defence, steadied himself before firing low straight at the keeper who

 

spilled the ball back into his path and he made no mistake at the

 

second time of asking. Netherton were on top on could have had

 

more as Nelson and Moorhouse hit the bar but Ryan O'Connor

 

rounded off the scoring from close range after being fed by striker

 

partner Nelson. The seconds now face Heyside in the Richardson

 

Cup Semi Final on Tuesday 15th April

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 22nd March

 

 Netherton 3 Uppermill 3

 

Wooldale Res 2 Netherton A 2

 

The first team continued their recent revival with a well earned point

 

at home to Uppermill. Netherton were forced to call on third team

 

keeper Sam Midwood and fielded a back four of Sewell, Harling,

 

Williams and Moorhouse, all of whom have been part of the

 

successful second team this season. Despite finding themselves 3-1

 

down in the second half, they stormed back to salvage a draw thanks

 

to an Own goal and strikes from Ryan O'Connor and Ryan Burchael.

 

 

The third team travelled to Wooldale and endured wind, rain, hail and

 

bright sunshine in a hard fought 2-2 draw at a Wooldale side

 

fielding a mix of youth and experience. Ryan Blezard impressed for

 

the third team, slotting in at centre half and looked comfortable both

 

passing and running the ball out of defence. Netherton took the lead

 

when Dan Rodgers poked home from close range. Wooldale got

 

back on level terms after keeper Robertshaw failed to keep hold of a

 

fierce long range effort and the striker poked home from close range.

 

Wooldale took the lead before half time with an accomplished finish.

 

Netherton had more of the play in the second half and deserved at

 

least a point out of the game and got their just rewards when Dan

 

Rodgers scored with a precision volley from Deon Simmonds

 

excellent right wing cross.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 15th March

 

 

 Shepley 2 Netherton 5

 

 

 

Ryan Wadsworth inspired the first team as they returned to winning

 

ways in a solid 5-2 win away at Shepley. Wadsworth fired home a

 

spectacular long range effort and slotted home a penalty with further

 

strikes from Elliot George, Rhys Wharam and an Own Goal securing

 

the victory.

 

 

Saturday 8th March

 

 

 Netherton 0 Diggle 2

 

 

Uppermill Res 1 Netherton Res 4

 

 

 

Netherton first team put in an under par performance in their home game against

 

Diggle and went down to a 2-0 defeat in a forgettable game. They will hope

 

for a change of fortune in next weeks game at Shepley.

 

 

The second team travelled to Uppermill and strolled to a comfortable 4-1 win in

 

a game that they controlled from start to finish. Joel Nelson opened the scoring

 

as Danny Moorhouse and Paolo Margaglione combined on the left before

 

setting up the striker who shot low into the corner from outside the area.

 

Moorhouse, on his comeback from injury doubled the lead curling home a free

 

kick from 25 yards out. Netherton were largely untroubled with Jamie Shaw

 

slotting in well at right back and Danny Midwood pulling the strings in midfield.

 

 

 

 Danny Rodgers worked hard in the centre of the park and got his reward

 

when he found the net from close range. Sub Mikey Thomas put the icing on

 

the cake reacting fastest to a loose ball in the area and slotting home. With

 

seconds to go Uppermill got a late consolation when defensive hard man Josh

 

Harling got up highest to head into his own net from a free kick he had

 

conceded, leaving keeper Robertshaw's dream of a clean sheet cruelly

 

shattered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 1st March

 

 

Upperthong 5 Netherton 1

 

 

 

Netherton Res 2 Newsome Res 0 (Match Abandoned)

 

 

Slaithwaite Res 3 Netherton A 4

  

 

 

 

The first team had their cup dreams blown apart by a rampant

 

Upperthong team. The first team put in their worst performance of

 

the season as they went down 5-1 where Ryan Burchael scored

 

Netherton's consolation goal.

 

 

The second team got off to a flying start with goals from Paolo

 

Margaglione and a penalty from Eddie Hemmingway at home to

 

local rivals Newsome who had started the game with only ten men.

 

After twenty minutes the game was abandoned after a Newsome

 

player suffered a leg injury and an ambulance was called.

 

 

The third team came out on top in a tight game away at Slaithwaite.

 

Netherton started slowly and were two goals down after ten minutes,

 

but pulled one back when Deon Simmonds strike was diverted into

 

the net by a home team defender and the striker equalised minutes

 

later with another deflected effort. Half an hour into the first half

 

combative midfielder Roy Gilpin was sent off for retaliation, when the

 

referee failed to see the Slaithwaite player swing an arm at Gilpin.

 

Down to ten men, Netherton were galvanised. Midfielders Jamie

 

Lambert and Danny Johnson put in solid performances and drove

 

the team forward. Netherton took a deserved lead when Sam

 

Midwood's long punt down field found Simmonds who coolly lobbed

 

the keeper, and the striker bagged another to seemingly put the

 

game out of Slaithwaites reach. Netherton had to endure a nervous

 

last ten minutes as the home team scrambled in a goal to reduce

 

the deficit, but they held on to claim all three points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 22nd February

 

  Netherton Res 5  Honley Res 0

 

 

The second team pulled off the double over league leaders Honley

 

with an excellent 5-0 victory. Netherton kicked downhill in the first

 

half but did not take advantage and went into the break goalless. But

 

in the second half, they attacked Honley from the first whistle. Rhys

 

Wharam put Netherton ahead, heading home after Joel Nelsons

 

effort looped into the air off the keeper. Dan Rodgers made it two

 

as he robbed the Honley defender and finished low past the

 

despairing keeper. Elliot Wilkinson then smashed into the roof of

 

the net from a narrow angle to make it three. By now Netherton were

 

in control and Honley in disarray. Wilkinson scored the goal of the

 

game when he latched onto a through ball, kept the ball in the air with

 

his first two touches before deftly lobbing the keeper with a fantastic

 

finish. Rhys Wharam put the icing on the cake with a low finish as a

 

cross from the right found him in yards of space. The added bonus

 

was a clean sheet as the back four and keeper Robertshaw coped

 

admirably with Honley's forward line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 15th February

 

  Netherton Res 5  Scholes Res 1

 

 

The second team game went ahead on Saturday in cold, blustery

 

conditions but the pitch stood up well. Netherton began positively

 

kicking downhill in the first half and were rewarded when full back

 

Ryan Blezard finished off a move he had started. Ten minutes from

 

the break Dan Rodgers doubled the lead with a well placed header

 

into the bottom corner making it four goals in two games for the

 

striker.

 

 

 

 

 

Despite kicking uphill in the second half, the seconds continued to

 

dominate. Ryan Wadsworth hit the bar from close range but made

 

no mistake in the very next attack, firing in low from the angle. Joel

 

Nelson was introduced from the bench and helped himself to a brace

 

to make it 5-0. The seconds had further chances but failed to score

 

in an amazing goalmouth scramble when Mikey Thomas somehow

 

couldn't find the net from close range. In the dying moments Scholes

 

got a late consolation but it was too little too late.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 8th February

 

  Netherton 1  Skelmanthorpe 4

 

 

Netherton A 3 Cumberworth Res 3

 

 

 

The first team never recovered from a first half goal blitz from

 

Skelmanthorpe and ended up on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline

 

with Elliot George getting Netherton's only goal.

 

 

It was a game of two halves at Netherton top rec as the third team

 

kicking downhill in the first half took a 3-0 lead thanks to a hat-trick

 

of quality finishes from Dan Rodgers. Netherton held Cumberworth

 

at bay for half an hour of the second half but they finally broke

 

through and rallied to earn a draw.

 

 

 

Saturday 25th January

 

  Netherton A 0 Hepworth Res 5

 

 

The third team lost out in the top of the table battle against

 

a Hepworth team that was littered with players from their first team.

 

The home team fought hard any fired into their tackles with Jamie

 

Lambert and Dean Midwood setting an early example. However

 

Hepworth were dangerous and quick up front and were clinical in

 

front of goal. Despite the scoreline, Netherton did have their chances

 

with Paddy Howell smashing against the bar and Deon Simmonds

 

firing at the keeper when one on one. At the other end keeper

 

Robertshaw pulled off a series of fine saves to keep the scoreline

 

respectable.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 18th January

 

  Netherton Res 4 Heywood Irish Centre Res 3

 

 

The second team picked up a third consecutive win in an enthralling

 

game at Lightenfield Lane. The second team started quickly and

 

raced into a two goal lead. Eddie Hemmingway controlled Rhys

 

Wharam's searching pass before firing the ball home. Club top

 

scorer Ryan O'Connor helped himself to his 17th goal of the season

 

after rounding the keeper and cooly slotting home. This stung

 

Heywoods into action and they went in at half time level after

 

converting a penalty and capitalising on confusion in the home teams

 

defence. The second half was quite even with Adam Robertshaw

 

pulling off a series of fine saves in the Netherton net, while the

 

opposing keeper was also in good form. With the game heading into

 

the last twenty minutes, full back Ryan Blezard put Netherton back in

 

front with a fierce 25 yard toe poked effort which moved in the air,

 

deceived the keeper and ended up in the back of the net. Netherton

 

lost their concentration and Heywoods were back on level terms

 

two minutes later catching the home team on the break. Netherton

 

pushed forward and were rewarded when Joel Harrison slammed

 

home a 30 yard free kick past the helpless keeper  into the top left

 

hand corner to seal victory.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 11th January

 

 Cartworth Moor Res 2 Netherton B 8

 

 

The fourth team gained three valuable points in their away fixture

 

at lowly Cartworth Moor on Saturday. The omens didn't look good

 

as they fell two goals behind, however they stormed back to record

 

an 8-2 victory. Man of the Match Dean Midwood scored twice, while

 

Joel Nelson helped himself to a hat-trick.  Further goals from Daz

 

Shaw, Kyle Simmonds and James Wilkinson Milner secured the win.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 4th January

 

 Kirkheaton Res 1 Netherton Res 7

 

 

 Netherton A 5 Heyside Reserves 5

 

 

The second team travelled to Kirkheaton expecting a tight game

 

however they played some exceptional football as they ran out

 

convincing 7-1 winners and could even have one by more. Danny

 

Midwood had a fine game and helped himself to two goals as well as

 

supplying the cross for Ryan O'Connor to score with a spectacular

 

overhead effort. Rhys Wharam weighed in with two goals and further

 

efforts from Eddie Hemmingway and Elliot Harrison completed the

 

rout. Defender Richard Williams commented after the game 'We

 

played liquid football.'

 

 

The third team ended up sharing the points in a thrilling 5-5 draw at

 

home to Heyside Reserves. Heyside took the lead but were pegged

 

back when Ben Robinson slotted home from close range. Heyside

 

went into half time 2-1 after a chipped finish. After the break

 

Netherton bounced back and took a 3-2 lead as captain for the day

 

Roy Gilpin converted a penalty after Deon Simmonds was brought

 

down and then headed home Jamie Lambert's inch perfect cross.

 

Netherton seemed comfortable for the next ten minutes but were

 

then rocked by two quickfire goals from the away side to find

 

themselves behind again. Supersub Ben Green levelled from close

 

range before Deon Simmonds ran through and finished well to put

 

Netherton 5-4 up, but in the dying seconds Netherton were caught

 

out by a long ball and the Heyside striker finished well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 28th December

 

 Netherton Res 5 Shepley Res 1

 

KKS Spartans Res 2 Netherton A 3

 

Hade Edge Res 3 Netherton B 1

 

 

The second team bounced back to form with a thumping 5-1 win 

 

over Shepley Reserves which moves them up to fourth place in the

 

league. Ryan O'Connor is having a great season in front of goal

 

and helped himself to two which takes his tally up to fifteen. A rare

 

goal from Jon Sewell and strikes from Elliot Wilkinson and Rhys

 

Wharam secured the victory.

 

 

KKS Reserves tried to bully the third team and the referee but failed

 

as the thirds fought to a deserved 3-2 win. In fact their tactics were

 

to blame as after they had taken the lead, they conceded two first

 

half penalties which the in-form Roy Gilpin despatched with ease.

 

Danny Johnson was unlucky just before half time when his close

 

range strike from close range hit the underside of the bar and

 

bounced back out. In the second half, Sam Midwood made a world

 

class safe diving full length to get in the way of a goalbound strike.

 

KKS got back on level terms with a well taken goal. As the game

 

entered the last five minutes, substitute Ben Green screwed a great

 

chance wide from a narrow angle, however he made amends in the

 

very last minute as Gilpins through ball sent him clear and he applied

 

a fine finish into the top corner from just outside the area to secure

 

all three points. Some solid performances all over the park but Deon

 

Simmonds picked up the Man of The Match award with an energetic

 

display.

 

 

The fourth team put in an improved performance but unfortunately

 

went down to a 3-1 defeat at Hade Edge with the Netherton goal

 

coming from Armitage.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 21st December

 

 Netherton Res 1 Hepworth Res 7

 

Cumberworth Res 1 Netherton Res 2

 

 

 

A game to forget for the second team as they were dumped out of

 

the cup by a strong Hepworth Reserves side who took full advantage

 

after Netherton were reduced to ten men when Josh Harling was sent

 

off for a moment of madness where he ran in to confront and push

 

the opposing striker. Ryan O'Connor got the consolation goal with a

 

penalty.

 

 

The thirds battled hard at Cumberworth and were rewarded with a

 

2-1 victory. Netherton fell behind to a penalty after manager Denton

 

was harshly adjudged to have pushed the Cumberworth player

 

in the penalty area. Netherton pressed forward and were rewarded

 

when Gilpin charged through and bundled into the net. Midway

 

through the second half, Danny Johnson grabbed a deserved winner

 

when he threw himself into a fifty-fifty challenge and poked the ball

 

into the net from close range.

 

 

Saturday 14th December

 

 

 Heywood Irish Centre 1 Netherton 6

 

Britannia Sports 1 Netherton Res 2

 

  Netherton A 2 Kirkheaton Res 0

 

 

Netherton B 0 Lindley Res 7

 

 

The first team cruised to a comfortable victory over Heywood Irish

 

Centre and in doing so climbed to third place in the table. Elliot

 

George helped himself to two more goals which keeps him clear

 

at the top of the club's scoring charts with fifteen goals for the

 

season. Ryan Burchael continues to impress  andhe got into double

 

figures  for the season after grabbing a brace. Eddie Hemmingway

 

claimed the other two goals in the 6-1 win.

 

 

The second team advanced to the quarter finals of the Richardson

 

Cup with a hard fought win over an improved Britannia Sports side.

 

After falling behind, Netherton showed great resolve to get back

 

in to the game and goals from Jordan Williamson and a spectacular

 

long range strike from Dan Midwood secured a 2-1 win.

 

 

The third team notched another impressive win over Kirkheaton who

 

as usual provided tough opposition. Despite Netherton having most

 

of the play and the better chances the game looked to be heading for

 

a goalless draw until with ten minutes to go, Roy Gilpin scored

 

directly from a corner. Five minutes later veteran full back Mark

 

Jepson threaded the ball through to Ben Robinson who ran through

 

and slotted home comfortably to secure the three points.

 

 

The fourth team were on a hiding to nothing against high flying

 

Lindley Reserves who are still unbeaten for the season after running

 

out 7-0 winners.

 

 

Saturday 7th December

 

 

 Uppermill 1 Netherton 3

 

 Netherton Res 6 Uppermill Res 2

 

Upperthong Res 3  Netherton A 6

 

 

A great weekend for the club with all three teams that played picking

 

up all three points. The first team had a solid win away at Uppermill

 

with Elliot George helping himself to a brace as well as having two

 

further goals disallowed. Joel Nelson grabbed the other goal with a

 

spectacular overhead kick. Michael Foster came close to keeping his

 

scoring run going but his effort crashed off the post.

 

 

To rub salt in Uppermill's wounds, the second team ran out

 

comfortable 6-2 winners over their Lancashire counterparts.

 

Substitute Ian Walker scored twice, the second a long range angled

 

effort which added to a double from in form Dan Rodgers and

 

further strikes from Elliot Wilkinson and Eddie Hemmingway.

 

 

The third team got back to winning ways with a convincing 6-3 win

 

at muddy Upperthong. Roy Gilpin settled the away teams nerves

 

flicking home Ben Robinson's cross from eight yards out. Robinson

 

doubled the lead soon after and Jamie Lambert sent Netherton into

 

half time with a 3-1 lead. Netherton continued to attack in the second

 

half with Gilpin completing his hat-trick with two close range finishes

 

and Ben Robinson getting a deserved goal. Upperthong scored twice

 

late on, but were never really a threat in the game. Craig Denton put

 

in a commanding performance at the heart of the defence and was

 

awarded with the man of the match accolade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 30th November

 

 

Netherton 3 Shepley 1

 

 Scholes Res 3 Netherton Res 4

 

Netherton A 2 Shelley Res 2

 

 

A solid but unspectacular win for the first team at home to Shepley but three

 

welcome points all the same. Michael Foster claimed his third goal in the last

 

three games with a header which was deflected in while striker Elliot George

 

grabbed two taking him to eleven for the season.

 

 

An eventful game for the second team at Scholes as keeper Robertshaw was

 

sent off after only seven minutes for handball outside the area. To make matters

 

worse, the home team scored from the resulting free kick. Netherton took time

 

to get to grips with the game and were soon 3-0 down after Harling's

 

clumsy tackle conceded a penalty which was duly converted and a concise

 

passing move ended the ball in the back of the Netherton net. As the half went

 

on Netherton fought back into the game and pulled one back before the break

 

thanks to a towering Danny Rodgers header. In the second half Netherton

 

surged forward and goals from Tom Wainwright, Ryan O'Connor and another

 

from Rodgers secured an amazing comeback win.

 

 

The third team also found themselves behind against the run of play in a tough

 

fixture at home to Shelley Reserves. Despite going 2-0 down, Netherton were

 

the better team and they got back into the game thanks to a penalty from the

 

reformed quiet Roy Gilpin and got back on level terms thanks to a wonder

 

strike from Ben Robinson who latched on to Jepson's defence splitting pass and

 

curled home from outside the box. The one downside was the loss of Joe

 

Somerville to a hamstring injury.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 23rd November

 

 

Netherton 4 Holmbridge 5

 

 Netherton A 0 Uppermill A 0

 

 Junction Res 6 Netherton B 4

 

 

The first team were always chasing the game against Holmbridge and ended up

 

falling to a 5-4 defeat. Ryan Burchael scored the goal of the game with a vicious

 

25 yarder adding to a brace of goals from Rhys Wharam  and a bullet header

 

from Michael Foster.

 

 

 

Elsewhere,  the second teams game at Uppermill was called off due to a frozen

 

pitch. The third team put up a solid defensive performance at home to

 

Uppermills A team and had the better of the chances but the game ended in a

 

0-0 draw. The fourth team put up a spirited display against Junction Reserves

 

but suffered a 6-4 defeat with Ryan O'Connor helping himself to a hat-trick and

 

a rare goal from Chunkinho.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 16th November

 

 

 

  Netherton 9 Cartworth Moor 3


Meltham Res 1 Netherton Res 0

 

 Netherton A 0 KKS 2


Scisset A 4 Netherton A 0

 

Netherton ran out comfortable 9-3 winners over lower league Cartworth Moor

 

despite a scare as the division four side held Netherton at 3-3 early in the second

 

half. Although not fully fit, Elliot George helped himself to a hat trick while substitute

 

Joel Nelson weighed in with a couple of headers. Michael Foster chalked up his

 

first of the season alongside goals from Ryan Burchael and a Ryan Wadsworth

 

penalty. Rhys Wharam again finds himself in front of the dubious goals panel after

 

his effort was helped into the net by the opposition goalkeeper. Netherton travel to

 

Upperthong in the next round who have Netherton old boys Paul Hamer and Andy

 

Gledhill in their squad.

 

Not a good week for the other sides in the club as the seconds went down to a

 

narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Meltham. The third team put in an

 

uncharacteristic flat display at home to KKS and lost 2-0 with Sam Midwood to

 

thank for keeping the score down with a couple of top class saves. The fourth team

 

suffered a 4-0 reversal at Scisset.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 2nd November

 

 

 Hepworth 2 Netherton 4


Heyside Res 3 Netherton A 5

 

The first team put in one of their best performances of the season at Hepworth

 

coming back with all three points after a 4-2 victory. With conditions playing a big

 

part on the sloping pitch, the omens weren't good at half time as Netherton trailed

 

2-0. However with the slope in their favour, Netherton controlled the second half.

 

Rhys Wharam scored twice on his return from injury, smashing in from just inside

 

the area for one, whilst poaching the other from close range even though Foster's

 

header looked to be going into the net anyway. Wharam was hungry for a hat trick,

 

but disappointed his team mates by trying to score directly from a corner which

 

went straight out of play and vented his frustration on the corner flag. Netherton's

 

other goals both came from Ryan Burchael with two classy finishes - one a dink

 

over the keeper, the other a calm finish into the corner after some tricky footwork.

 

 

A day to forget for the third team as they crashed to a 5-3 defeat at Heyside.

 

Things didn't get off to a good start on the way there as three cars from the

 

Netherton travelling contingent were involved in a pile up in the middle of

 

Lancashire, where fortunately no players were injured but the cars were in a bad

 

way. Netherton finally arrived at Heyside and had to rethink their team selection as

 

influential midfielder Ben Robinson had to arrange for his car to be collected. Joel

 

Harrison came into the side and got the thirds off to a flying start with a low

 

swerving effort which evaded the keeper. Danny Johnson soon made it 2-0 turning

 

home a cross from Lee Hallas who impressed on debut. Heyside stepped up a

 

gear and pulled it back to 2-2. Hallas got a well deserved goal curling in from just

 

outside the area to put Netherton back in front just before half time. The wind got

 

stronger in the second half and was in Heyside's favour. Minutes into the half,

 

Heyside caught Netherton on the break and the pacy winger accelerated past the

 

defence to score comfortably. Netherton grew in confidence and were controlling

 

the game when a Heyside forward took a heavy fall on the astro turf suffering a

 

suspected dislocated shoulder. The game was held up for twenty minutes while the

 

ambulance arrived and took the player away. When the game resumed Heyside

 

stepped up a gear and took the lead with Netherton defenders appealing for

 

offside. As Netherton became desperate for an equaliser the home side

 

capitalised again on the break to go 5-3 up. There was still time for Harrison to

 

have a goal disallowed for handball, but it wasn't to be Netherton's day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                    Saturday 26th October

 

 Netherton 2 Heywood Irish Centre 1

 

Netherton Res 3 Berry Brow Res 4

 

 Kirkheaton Res 2 Netherton A 3

 

 Netherton B 2 Scholes A 5

 

A below par performance from the first team but they still managed to take home

all three points following a 2-1 win at home to Heywoods. With fifteen minutes to go

and Netherton trailing 1-0  manager Wadsworth sent on his substitutes Sam

Holmes and Rhys Wharam to who pushed the team forward and helped to turn the

game round. Ben Green scored directly from a corner and Lee Wharam bundled

the ball over the line with his shoulder to give Netherton victory.

 

With manager Neil Wood on holiday, last weeks scoring sensation Dick

Winterbottom stood in but without the same effect as the seconds went down to a

narrow 4-3 defeat at the hands of Berry Brow. O'Connor limped off early in the

game and before long Netherton were 2 goals down. Netherton drew level as Dan

Rodgers ran through the centre to slot home while Elliot Wilkinson continued his

recovery from injury by controlling on his knee before applying a cool finish. Berry

Brow regained their two goal cushion, until Tom Willans free kick evaded everyone

and ended up in the back of the net to make the final score 4-3 to Berry Brow.

 

Netherton A had a solid victory in a tough game at Kirkheaton, winning by the odd  

goal in five. Netherton created more of the chances in blustery conditions and

deservedly took the lead when Ben Robinson latched on to a loose ball in the

penalty area to fire past the keeper. Kirkheaton equalised from the penalty spot

before Danny Johnson put Netherton back in front cutting back into the area from

the goal line and angling a shot in to the corner of the net. The home team rallied

and got back on level terms before half time with a close range header. Netherton

had slightly more of the play in the second half and got a deserved winner when

McCullie beat the keeper at the near post from a narrow angle.

 

The fourth team had a disastrous first half against Scholes going into the break 5-1

down. The second half was much closer as Netherton pulled a goal back but

Scholes were never really in danger. Netherton's goals came from Kyle with a

stunning long range effort and Wayne Thornton who after being fed by Devon

Haigh beat two men and finished beneath the keeper.

 

 

 

 

 

                                Saturday 19th October

 

Heyside FC 3 Netherton 5

 

Netherton Res 12 Cartworth Moor Res 2

 

 Berry Brow Res 3 Netherton A 0

 

Shepley Res 4 Netherton B 0

 

 

The first team overcame a tricky first round cup draw away to Heyside and their

 

 artificial surace by running out 5-3 victors. It wasn't plain sailing for Netherton who

 

found themselves 3-2 down at half time and on the receiving end of an angry

 

dressing down from manager Alan Wadsworth which spurred them on to victory.

 

Daniel Smith scored for the second week in a row with his now trade mark flicked 

 

header. Josh Shields grabbed another long range effort adding to two goals from

 

Sam Holmes and another from Ryan Wadsworth. Netherton now face Cartworth

 

Moor at home in the next round. 

 

 

 

The second team had a straightforward victory over lowly Cartworth Moor

 

Reserves. The attacking trio of Ryan O'Connor, Joel Nelson and Dan Rodgers all 

 

helped themselves to hat-tricks while Elliot Wilkinson continued his rehabilitation  

 

from injury with a goal, Joel Harrison got on the scoresheet and assistant to the 

 

manager Dick Winterbottom came off the bench to round off the victory with a

 

stunning goal as he outpaced two defenders before slotting home. The second

 

team will face Hepworth Reserves or Mount Reserves in the next round.

 

 

The third and fourth teams both went down to defeat against teams in higher

 

divisions.Both teams put up spirited performances but bowed out of the cup

 

competition. The thirds went down 3-0 to Berry Brow Reserves despite Paddy  

 

Howell picking up the man of the match award while the fourth team lost 4-0 to

 

Shepley Reserves three divisions above them with the highlight keeper Ross

 

Mortimer pulling off a fine penalty save.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 12th October

 

Netherton 4 Scholes 2

 

Honley Res 3 Netherton Res 5 

 

 Netherton A 7 Slaithwaite Res 1

 

Lindley Res 7 Netherton B 2

 

 

 

Netherton first team gained a creditable victory against Scholes after being

 

reduced to ten men after half an hour and the score at 0-0 as defender Matty

 

Devlin picked up two yellow cards for dangerous tackles. Evergreen midfielder

 

Danny Smith set the home team on their way with a flicked header and from

 

then on they didn't look back. Ryan Burchael got on the scoresheet as the

 

Scholes keeper and defender had a mix up and he went on to roll the ball

 

into an empty net. Josh Shields added another, firing home after Lee Wharam's

 

trademark flick around the defender sent him through on goal. Scholes

 

managed to score twice, however Tom Willans made the game safe by

 

scooping the ball over the Scholes keeper to wrap up a 4-2 win.

 

 

The second team went to previously unbeaten Honley as underdogs but

 

came away with an excellent. 5-3 win. Ryan O'Connor continued his scoring

 

run by grabbing a double, but was denied a hat trick when his spectacular free

 

kick was disallowed as it was in-direct. At the other end there were moments of

 

comedy as keeper Robertshaw conceded a penalty for punching a Honley

 

forward instead of the ball which was duly despatched, while the usually reliable

 

Abbas Hussain controlled the ball in his own penalty area and with his second

 

touch found the bottom corner of his own net. But Netherton were more than

 

a match for table topping Honley and were well worth their win with Mikey 

 

Thomas firing in a low skimming free kick and further strikes from Jordan

 

Henderson and Paolo Margaglione making the game safe.

 

 

Netherton third team controlled their home game against Slaithwaite to

 

maintain their unbeaten record. After falling 1-0 behind with the normally agile

 

keeper Steve Harrison being lobbed from the corner of the area, Netherton were

 

soon back on level terms with Ben Robinson running through to despatch

 

neatly and the same player put the home side in front from close range minutes

 

later. The thirds went into half time 3-1 up as Ian Walker timed his run perfectly

 

to power home a header from Jamie Shaw's inch perfect cross. In the second

 

half it was one way traffic as Deon Simmonds fired in a quick fire hat-trick

 

after assists from Mccullie and Nathan Turner making his first appearance

 

of the season. Simmonds helped himself to a fourth as the thirds ran out 7-1

 

winners.

 

 

The fourth team had a difficult game away at table topping Lindley who had

 

been scoring goals for fun this season and Saturday was no exception as they

 

beat the B team 7-2 with Tom Wainwright and Devon Haigh grabbing

 

Netherton's consolation goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 5th October

 

Diggle 4 Netherton 2 

 

Netherton Res 5 Britannia Res 4

 

Shelley Res Res 0 Netherton A 1

 

Flockton Res 2 Netherton B 6

 

 

The first team suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Diggle. After going 2-0 down,

 

Netherton fought back to 2-2 thanks to a close range effort from Ryan

 

Burchael and a penalty from Ryan Wadsworth. However Diggle pressed on

 

and ended up comfortable winners.

 

 

The second team had a storming first half and went into the break 5-0 up at

 

home to Britannia Sports. Dan Rodgers grabbed his first two goals of the

 

season adding to a Ryan O'Connor penalty and a brace from Darren Morton.

 

Britannia put up a spirited fight in the second half and pulled it back to 5-4

 

late on, but Netherton held on for the win.

 

 

The thirds had a tough fixture at Shelley who dominated possession but

 

found keeper Sam Midwood and the Netherton back four in top form. As the

 

game wore on Netherton carved out chances of their own but Deon Simmonds

 

couldn't find the finish to two excellent crosses from Joe Somerville. With the

 

clock ticking down Netherton forced a corner which was swung in by Simmonds

 

and met by a towering header from Ben Robinson into the top corner of the net

 

for what turned out to be the winner.

 

 

The fourths had an excellent win at Flockton inspired by Ash Rattigan in his

 

second spell at the club as he notched two goals including one quality free kick.

 

Further goals from Stu Kingston, Tom Wainwright, Connor Hodgson and Devon

 

Haigh ensured a 6-2 win.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 21st September

 

Holmbridge 1 Netherton 2 

 

Netherton Res 5 Newsome Res 6

 

Uppermill Res 1 Netherton A 5

 

 Netherton B 1 Moorside Res 2

 

 

The first team bagged their first win of the season with a hard fought 2-1

 

win at Holmbridge. Things didn't look good for a Netherton team missing the

 

likes of Michael Foster and Danny Smith and at half time they went into the

 

break trailing 1-0. Captain for the day Matt Devlin galvanised the troops and in

 

the second half they came out fighting and turned the game around thanks to a

 

deflected Ryan Wadsworth free kick and a strike from front man Elliot George

 

Wadsworth. Worrying injury news as Matt Devlin was laid low by cramp

 

while eating his post match sausage and chips in the club and may be a doubt

 

for next weeks game.

 

 

 

 

For the second year running the second teams' game against Newsome turned

 

out to be a goal-fest but this time they lost out to the odd goal in eleven. In truth

 

Netherton were always chasing the game to keep on level terms. After Newsome

 

had taken the lead, Abbas Hussain levelled with a 35 yard strike. Two more

 

strikes from the away side meant Newsome led 3-1 at half time. Netherton

 

battled through the second half and pulled the scoreline back to 4-4 with

 

goals from Wood, Morton and a Joel Harrison penalty. Newsome extended

 

their lead to 6-4 before Joel Harrison slammed in a 40 yard free kick into the

 

top corner in the dying minutes.

 

 

The third team went on their travels to Uppermill having  put the new changing

 

rooms in the backroom of the con club to good use and sporting a brand new

 

kit. The thirds dominated the game and their blend of youth and experience

 

helped them to a comprehensive 5-1 win. Amongst the scorers were Joe

 

Somerville who rose to head the ball, but it skimmed off his quiff and found the

 

back of the net and Deon Simmonds who had a lively game up front.

 

 

 

The fourth team went down to their first defeat of the season at home to

 

Moorside with the only highlight being another goal for the free-scoring Tom

 

Wainwright.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 14th September Round Up

 

Netherton 4 Britannia Sports 4

 

Britannia Sports Res 0 Netherton Res 4

 

Netherton A Vs Upperthong Res (failed to raise a team)

 

Thornhill United Res 2 Netherton B 5

 

 

Netherton first team gained their third draw in a row in a scrappy encounter at

 

home to Britannia. Ryan Wadsworth grabbed his third goal of the season, adding

 

to Ryan Burchael's first senior goal for the club and strikes from senior stars Lee

 

Wharam and Joel Nelson.

 

 

 

The seconds ran out comfortable 4-0 winners away at Britannia with an assured

 

performance. Keeper Craig Denton was comfortable in nets and kept the first

 

clean sheet of the season for the club. Ryan O'Connor opened the scoring with

 

an early penalty after he was pushed over in the area following Dan Rodgers'

 

flick on. Darren Morton doubled the lead with a low strike while O'Connor sent

 

Netherton into half time 3-0 up after a deflected long range strike. Netherton

 

controlled much of the second half, and sub Danny Johnson rounded off the

 

victory with a calm finish after cutting in from the left side.

 

 

 

The third team were again frustrated as opponents Upperthong Reserves

 

failed to raise a team a week after Wooldale also failed to get a starting line

 

up together.

 

 

 

The fourth team travelled to Thornhill and taught their hosts a lesson coming

 

away with a 5-2 victory. The pacy Tom Wainwright led the way by firing in a

 

hat-trick with the other goals coming from the prolific duo of  Mikey Thomas and

 

Devon Haigh who both scored for the second week in a row.

 

 

 

Saturday 7th September

 

Netherton 3 Hepworth 3

 

 

The first teams form continued to improve as they took away a well deserved

 

point at home to last years cup final conquerors Hepworth. In an entertaining

 

first half, the teams went in level at 2-2 thanks to a brace from Elliot George.

 

Netherton continued to press in the second half with blossoming midfield

 

partnership of Daniel Smith and Ryan Wadswsorth pushing the team forward,

 

while at the back Richard Williams did a sterling job to keep the Hepworth

 

strikers out. Netherton had four gilt-edged chances in the second half which

 

were spurned until with ten minutes to go the home side took the lead as George

 

danced around the keeper and rolled the ball into the net to complete his hat-

 

trick, but they couldn't hold on as Hepworth equalised late in the game

 

capitilising on another of their dangerous long throws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 7th September

 

Shepley Res 2 Netherton Res 1

 

 

The second team came away from their opening fixture away at Shepley 

 

wondering how they didn't come away with all three points after dominating the

 

game but failing to take their chances. In the first half Shepley rarely threatened

 

while Netherton saw a header cleared off the line with one of their better

 

chances. In the second half Netherton took a deserved lead as Jepson fed

 

O'Connor who picked out Paddy Howells run down the left wing. Howell pulled

 

the ball back to the edge of the area where captain Weatherhead fired a low

 

drive into the corner of the net. Shepley sprung into life and were soon back

 

on level terms after springing Netherton's offside trap and were in front soon

 

after as the forward rounded Blezard in nets to poke home. For the last half hour

 

it was all Netherton pressure, but they couldn't find the breakthrough with the

 

Shepley goal leading a charmed life as Howell blazed over, Weatherhead had

 

a looping header cleared off the line and McCullie's attempt in a goalmouth

 

scramble was cleared to safety. Neil Wood takes his team to Britannia next

 

week looking for a bit more luck in front of goal.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 7th September

 

Cumberworth B 2 Netherton B 4

 

An excellent for new manager Chris Rhodes as the reformed fourth team

 

returned from Cumberworth with all three points. Third team manager Craig

 

Denton volunteered to go in goals and looked calm and assured throughout

 

which helped confidence through the team. Michael Thomas got on the score

 

sheet with a quite unbelievable goal with the fact that he cleared a corner

 

at one end of the pitch and after a few more passes he had managed to run

 

the full length of the pitch uphill to apply a cool finish. Devon Haigh got on the

 

scoresheet on his debut adding to a penalty from the pacy Tom Wainwright

 

and an effort from Stu Kingston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 4th September

 

Netherton 4 Lepton 4

 

 

 

Netherton first team picked up their first point of the season after a rousing

 

comeback from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 at home to Lepton. Manager Alan

 

Wadsworth continued his selection policy of youth with a bit of experience and

 

they were holding their own going in to half time level at 1-1 thanks to a Danny

 

Smith goal.

 

 

Netherton were rocked back in the first fifteen minutes of the second half as

 

Lepton stormed into a 4-1 lead thanks to some clinical finishing.

 

 

Captain Michael Foster rallied the team from the back while Ryan Wadsworth

 

took a grip of the midfield and pulled the team back into contention after 

 

running through the centre of the park  before dispatching an unstoppable 25

 

yarder into the net. With time running out Elliot George's burst of pace took

 

the keeper by surprise who pulled him down for a penalty which the

 

impressive Wadsworth tucked away. The home team continued to lay siege

 

on the Lepton goal and got their just rewards when Matt Devlin's long throw was

 

flicked on by Foster at the front post and the away team defender could only turn

 

the ball over the line from close range to give Netherton a well earned point.