Ingrow & Worth Valley 1 Hellifield Sports 6
Ingrow’s outside hopes of promotion were dashed as they crashed at home to their nearest rivals in the race to catch the top two in Division Two of the Craven League.
Liam Baker scored the only goal in a performance that brought an end to the Steampigs’ five-match unbeaten run, against a team who had already beaten them 5-2 earlier in the season and who now leapfrog them in the table.
With two games to play, Ingrow trail second-placed Pendle by five points and Hellifield by two from four games more.
The game started quite fast paced with chances for both sides.
But it was Hellifield who took the advantage with a calm finish to go ahead and they soon found themselves 2-0 up from a corner, which was not dealt with and Ingrow midfielder Chris McGuinness put the ball into his own net.
With the chances Ingrow had, they could have been ahead but found themselves further behind after a mix up at the back.
Goalkeeper Wayne Mahomet wanted the ball playing back Joe Booth had his pocket picked by the Hellifield front man who then calmly beat Mahomet to the loose ball and had an empty net to slide the ball into.
Ingrow kept everything positive as there wasn’t much amiss.
It just seemed as though they had caught Hellifield on a good day and the Ingrow lads just not able to match their clinical finishing and drive to take the game on.
Chance after chance arose and disappeared by and by halfway through the second half it could have been 9-9.
But the score was actually 0-4 when a ball driven across the box was met by Aaron Fortune’s leg, trying to cut out the danger, emphatically lobbing the stranded Mahomet.
Hellifield kept going and driving forward. A through ball was slipped in and the on-coming striker seemed to have palmed the ball into his own path but lobbed Mahomet as appeals for handball were turned down.
As the game came to a close Ingrow had to finish the game with 10 men as the ever-impressive McGuinness twisted awkwardly as he was involved in a goalline pile-up and was carried off.
Ingrow kept putting the pressure on Hellifield but to no avail.
The goalkeeper and the framework just seemed to not want Ingrow to score until the final kick of the game when Liam Baker found himself through on goal and slotted calmly passed the Hellifield keeper.
Ingrow manager Mahomet said: “I think we came up against a team well up there and well up for it.
“They are in contention to win the league and you could see that.
“They weren’t great at the back as we cut them open many a time, we just weren’t clinical enough.
“I’m sure someone kept moving the sodding goalposts!
“Everything that fell for us hit the post/bar/keeper or was squandered wide. As for them it fell perfectly…
“Maybe our luck ran out but i don’t think 6-1 was a fair reflection of the game.
“I just hope the lads keep that fighting spirit for the two cup games we have and the last two league games of the season.”
Match points went to Mahomet (opposition) and McGuinness (referee).