Settle United A v A Bingley Town (Craven & District Premier League)
The Craven & District Premier League returned this weekend as Bingley Town arrived at Langcliffe Road to face Settle United. The home side made one change from the side that lost to Skipton Town last weekend, with Elliott Firth replacing Daniel Bathers in the heart of the Settle United defence.
Settle United started the stronger of the two sides and the returning Elliott Firth made a massive impact in the opening five minutes, as he headed home a corner to give the home side a 1-0 lead with their first real effort of the game. Settle captain Tom Strickland then went close a few minutes later with a curling effort from the edge of the visitors area which went just wide of Jennings left-hand post.
Both sides played some excellent football getting the ball down and playing out from the back through midfield, which lead to a number of chances. However the final pass or shot at goal was off target. There were a number of strong but fair challenges from both sets of players during the game which made the game very entertaining.
Tom Strickland again tested the Bingley Town centre-back after beating him for pace down the left-wing before cutting into the visitors area, however just as he was about to shoot at goal the centre-back recovered and made a last ditch tackle before Jennings in the visitors goal collected the ball.
Bingley Town should have drawn level on twenty-five minutes following an excellent run down the left-wing by full-back Marsh, but his shot from the edge of the Settle area went high over the crossbar without troubling goalkeeper Hughes.
Settle United extended their lead on the half hour mark following a long ball over the top of the Bingley Town defence, visiting goalkeeper Jennings ran out of his area but then had to back peddle in order to pick the ball up inside his area. However just before he could collect the ball Pete Stephenson slid in and tapped the ball passed Jennings before getting to his feet and slotting the ball into an empty goal to make it 2-0.
The visitors should have drawn level about five minutes before half-time when Jordan Bayliss got behind the Settle back four before rounding the goalkeeper Hughes but with the ball at his feet in front of an open goal, some how the Settle full-back Phillips managed to battle back and win a free-kick before Bayliss could put the ball into the goal to score, leaving the half-time score 2-0.
After the half-time teamtalk, Settle United came out for the second-half looking to finish off the game and win their second game of the season. After just five minutes Captain Tom Strickland collected a long ball just outside the visitors area on the right-hand side of the box, but his cross shot was well saved by Jennings in the visitors goal.
Just after the hour mark the game was abandoned after the Bingley Town vice captain Jack Bilney suffered a double leg break in a tackle with Settle United defender Elliott Firth. It was a horrible accident and no blame could be attached to Elliott Firth who was really upset by the incident. The referee was left with no option in fading light but to abandon the match.
Settle United – Hughes, Phillips, Baines, Firth, Woodrow, Worthington, Beckwith, Bullock, Stephenson, Cardus, Strickland (Subs) Arrowsmith, Wroe
Bingley Town – Jennings, Bilney, J.Marsh, Atkinson, Bayliss, Sharp, Phillips, Nkome, Green, Lawrence, Monk (Subs) Smith, L.Marsh
Goals – (Settle United) Firth, Stephenson
Attendance – 13