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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.