Settle United 3 v 4 Skipton Town (Craven & District Premier League)
Settle United Football Club returned to Craven & District Premier League action this weekend when they faced local rivals Skipton Town at Langcliffe Road. Last season’s Premier League Champions currently sit eighty in the league table having lost five of their opening six fixtures this season.
Having been beaten 7-1 away at FC Sporting Keighley last weekend, the home side were looking for their first win of the season and they started the sronger of the two side. The Settle midfield took control of the game with David Worthington breaking up the visitors attacks and playing some excellent balls to find Tom Strickland in the channels.
The home side should have taken the lead with the first effort of the half, following an excellent run by Beckwith who went passed three players before slipping the ball to Tom Strickland on the right-wing. His cross found Cardus unmarked in the six yard box but his volley went over the Skipton Town crossbar without troubling Miller in the visitors goal.
Settle United took the lead following an excellent move down the light-wing before the ball was cut bac to the edge of the Skipton Town area, where David Worthington was on hand to fire a shot passed Miller in the into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 1-0.
Tom Strickland should have scored the home sides second goal midway through the half, when he met a corner at the edge of the six yard box. However, Strickland out jumped everyone only to see his header fly wide of Hughes left-hand post.
The home side extended their lead controversially, when the referee awarded them a penalty for a push inside the box, however no-one saw a push and no players appealed for a foul. Tom Strickland collected the ball and fired the spot kick into the bottom left hand corner to make it 2-0.
The visitors won a free-kick just outside the Settle United area on forty minutes, however the final effort at goal failed to even trouble Hughes in the goal as it went high and wide of the Settle goal for a goal kick.
Skipton Town pulled a goal back with around five minutes of the first-half remaining, following an excellent run down the right-wing the ball is crossed into the Settle six yard box where Ollie Scott-Crawford tapped the ball passed the home keeper Hughes to make the half-time score 2-1.
The home side were well on top in the first-half, but this was a classic game of two halves as Skipton Town came out for the second-half like a different side. The visitors took control of the game as Settle seamed to lose energy and as the game went on there only looked to be one winner.
Michael Conroy added a second goal for the visitor about fifteen minutes into the second half maling the score score 2-2. Then about five minutes later the Skipton Town took the lead with an excellent effort into the bottom right-hand corner leaving Hughes in the Settle United goal with no chance to make the score 2-3.
As the game moved into the final ten minutes, the visitors made sure of the come back when a shot from just inside the area came back off goalkeeper Hughes chest to Cox who was unmarked in the six yard box. He blasted the ball passed Hughes into the roof of the net to make it 2-4 to the visitors.
Settle United tried to get back into the game in the final ten minutes and managed to grab a late goal to make the full-time score 3-4 to the visitors.
Settle United will next week entertain Bingley Town at Langcliffe Road, a victory would see them go above their visitors in the Premier League table, whilst Skipton Town face a difficult trip to second in the league FC Sporting Keighley.
Settle United – Hughes, Phillips, Firth, Woodrow, Worthington, Beckwith, Bullock, Stephenson, Bathers, Cardus, Strickland (Subs) Taylor, Wroe
Skipton Town – Miller, Coates, Polignone, Jenkinson, Athersmith, Conroy, Cox, Ridding, Nicholson, Scott-Crawford, Thompson (Subs) Cartman, Gerrard, Coope
Goals – (Settle) Worthington, Strickland, Wroe (Skipton) Scott-Crawford, Conroy, Coates, Cox
Attendance – 14