Justice is Done at the J S White Stadium.
Tom Dugdale was unable to repeat his hat trick in this replayed match but he was more than happy with the victory and the two he got.
Garforth Town 3 Thackley 4.
Thackley travelled to Garforth Town for the second time this season to replay a match abandoned after seventy five minutes because of fog. The Dennyboys were four goals to the good when the referee called a halt to proceedings that night, a victory would be the only result that would be justified from having to start again from scratch. With no game since the 12th December, Thackley were in dire need of game time, it was hoped that this would not hinder their quest to gain all three points. It was good to see Damian Hopkins on the substitute’s bench after being out since the start of the season following an eye operation.
It was obvious from the start that Garforth were to take no prisoners on the night, for twice in the opening three minutes Joe Brown was upended by Mick Jones. Sinmi Oyebanji was the first to get a shot off, Thackley keeper Dayle Coleinge got down well to save. Ten minutes in and Curtly Martin-Wyatt got clear but Kris Hargreaves made a tremendous tackle to halt his progress. Whilst play at this stage was pretty even, it was the home side that looked the most dangerous, getting shots off whenever they caught a site of goal. Thackley’s only effort in the first twenty minutes was a Jerry White header which cleared the bar. It was no real surprise when the home side went in front; Tim Robertson pulling the ball back to Wyatt, his low drive beat the diving Coleinge. Thackley hit back just before the half hour, Andy Wood timing his run to perfection to slot home Tom Dugdale’s cross. Five minutes later and the Dennyboys edged in front, Dugdale provided the cross, Ryan Farrell fired in a pile driver that Garforth keeper Tom Osbourne could only parry, Wood was on hand to bundle the ball over the line. Garforth looked for the equaliser and went close with a free kick which went wide of the upright. With five minutes of the half remaining they drew level. It resulted from some poor defending, a failure to clear their lines allowed Wyatt to fire home from the edge of the box. With minutes to go to the break, the referee at last took some positive action against the home side, booking Jones for a blatant foul on Craig Bentham. The teams went in at half time all square and with everything to play for in the second period.
Half Time: Garforth Town 2 Thackley 2.
Farrell fired wide from outside the box before Garforth took the lead for the second time. A shot from Jordan Outerbridge deceived Colienge and ended up in the back of the net. Thackley needed to hit back quickly, Farrell went close; hitting the inside of the post with Osbourne beaten but the ball rebounded to safety before the away side made their first change. Baz Littlefair limping off and being replaced by Damian Hopkins. Just before the hour the Dennyboys got back on level terms, Dugdale getting on the end of Pat McGuire’s free kick to knock in from close range. A minute later Thackley should have been in front, Brown blasting over from six yards out after Dugdale and Wood had conjured up the chance. Twice in quick succession Brown fired over after Wood had provided the pass, as Thackley looked for the next goal. Bentham was booked for a foul on the edge of the box; Oyebanji’s free kick struck the angle of the bar. Dan Pett replaced Farrell before Hopkins picked up Thackley’s second booking for a rather exuberant challenge. Wood got his head to a Dugdale cross but the ball went wide before Wyatt took out Colienge with a tackle that warranted more than the yellow card administered by the referee. There then followed a short interlude, a power cut extinguished the floodlights and play needed to be halted. They remained off for twenty minutes and when play restarted we were informed that there were eleven minutes to play. Liam Hudson was Thackley’s third change, coming on for White on the resumption of play. Six minutes into this period, Thackley again went in front, it was Dugdale that got the final touch converting Wood’s cross in front of goal. The Dennyboys played out the remaining minutes to ensure that all three points would be returning to Bradford.
Full time: Garforth Town 3 Thackley 4.
Thackley fully deserved their victory; the game was by no means a classic but was exciting throughout. The lack of game time almost certainly influenced the Dennyboy’s performance but they dug deep in the final minutes to grind out the result. It would have been a travesty of justice if Thackley had not won all three points; they were cruising in the match which was abandoned in October.
It is another away day on Saturday, when Thackley travel to take on Retford United; this victory puts the Dennyboys on the same number of points as the Badgers. Another tough game is envisaged.
Garforth Town team: Osbourne; J Alali (C); Simpkin; Hardey; Winn; Jones; Outerbridge; Lund; Martin-Wyatt; Oyebanji; Robertson. Subs: K Alali; Benjamin; Carter; Jones; Christopher.
Thackley team: Coleinge; Bentham; Littlefair (Hopkins 57 mins); McGuire (C); White (Hudson 80 mins); Hargreaves; Farrell (Pett 70 mins); Whiteley; Wood; Brown; Dugdale. Subs not used: Snowden; Garrod.
Garforth Town scorers: Curtly Martin-Wyatt 20 and 40 mins; Jordan Outerbridge 52 mins.
Thackley scorers: Andy Wood 28 and 35 mins; Tom Dugdale 59 and 86 mins.
Referee: Mark Dwyer.
Photo: Andy Wood - back among the goals for Thackley.