Pontefract 5-0 Garforth Town
Garforth suffered a second 5-0 defeat in the space of four days as promotion hopefuls Pontefract Collieries ran riot. Report by Samuel Bannister
The reverse fixture had seen one of Garforth’s best performances of the season to produce a 2-1 win at home, but sadly it wasn’t to be repeated.
Pontefract started on top with Stephen Weatherill having to tip a shot over the bar. The hosts also had a penalty claim, but it was a clear dive from Aaron Moxam.
On 21 minutes Lee Turner was booked for a foul on the edge of the box. From the resulting free kick, Ponte captain Mark Whitehouse gave his side the lead. He curled the ball around the wall with a low left-footed strike.
Soon after, Weatherill had to make another save from Moxam on the volley, but he wasn’t able to prevent a long range effort from Micky Dunn to make it 2-0.
Garforth ventured forward around the half hour mark, with a ball over the top finding Mark Simpson. However, the angle became too tight, and Town’s leading scorer could only give Ryan Mussellwhite a routine save in the Ponte goal.
Simpson’s strike partner Calum Ward went close next, with his powerful free kick going just over the bar.
At the other end, Weatherill was forced into a save after a low shot bobbled, giving the hosts a corner. From it, they got their third goal of the evening - Jack Greenhough converting from the back post.
The final chance of the half also fell to Ponte, when Kane Reece volleyed just wide from the right side of the box.
Garforth started the second half better, with Helmo Silva making a run forward. However, he rushed his final decision, and the ball ended up in goalkeeper Mussellwhite’s arms.
A good spell of football from Garforth midway through the half ended with Simpson playing in Lee Turner, who shot wide.
Next, Aodhan Brownlee switched the play to Simpson, who turned inside and tried chipping the ball through to a teammate, but put a little too much on it and it ran out for a goal kick.
On 73 minutes it was 4-0. Aiden Kearsley blocked an initial shot, but it fell to Moxam who gladly finished from close range.
The scoring was completed three minutes before time, as substitute Eli Hey received the ball in the centre of the edge of the box, before turning and playing a smart pass to Moxam on his right. The striker scored for his second and his team’s fifth.