Crossflatts blow in to keep title hopes alive

Crossflatts Village 5 Salts 2
Crossflatts Village remained in the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League title reckoning thanks to victory over 10-man Salts FC at Crossflatts Recreational Ground.
On a bobbly pitch that wasn’t conducive to the home side’s usual short, slick passing style, Village adopted some direct tactics from the start in an attempt to take advantage of the wind and the extra man.
The tactics paid dividends after a wave of heavy possession in the 12th minute when influential midfielder Matthew Bentham, now fully match fit after a spate of career-threatening injuries, intelligently played the ball into the Salts box where Michael Garnett was on hand to drive the ball home from a wide angle.
Village doubled their league after 25 minutes when talented winger Steve Schofield fired home after good build up play from Garnett.
Ten minutes later, Kevin Gill made it 3-0. He had space on the edge of the box and his right foot shot was well saved by the visiting keeper.
Fortunately for Gill, the ball rebounded back to his feet and his scuffed shot went in via a couple of deflections.
Village player-manager Lee Bailey brought himself on at half-time and it wasn’t long before the inspirational midfielder was in the thick of the action.  He won a corner after 47 minutes after a stupendous run down the right flank.
The resulting corner was met at the front post by Gill to head home his second and his team’s fourth, much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd.
Village striker Matty Kershaw foolishly got himself sent off after 55 minutes for dissent to even the numbers but the hosts continued to dominate and were awarded a penalty 20 minutes later when Garnett was upended by the Salts keeper.
But the keeper made amends moments later when he kept out Joe Lunn’s tame spot kick.
Salts got their first goal after 80 minutes after good work down their right hand side, but Village hit straight back to make it 5-1 with a goal from Lee Bailey. 
The away side were awarded a consolation just before the end to make it 5-2.
The man of the match award went to the Salts keeper, whose heroics and penalty save prevented a cricket score.

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