Barlow saves the day for Buttershaw White Star in dramatic finale (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Barlow saves the day for Buttershaw White Star in dramatic finale
Buy this photo GOAL! Swaine Green striker Aron Heywood fires past Red Lion keeper Nicolas Mansell for one of his two goals in his side’s top-of-the-table clash at Horsfall Playing Fields. The 2-1 win puts them on the brink of the Division 1A title
The race for the Bradford Sunday Alliance League Premier Division title looks like it could once again go down to the final match of the season as both leaders West Bowling and challengers Buttershaw White Star continued on the victory trail.
White Star were staring at a defeat against fourth-placed Stanningley Albion with ten minutes to go.
A penalty from Luke Hunter and a goal direct from a free-kick by Scott Driscoll midway through the second half put White Star’s unbeaten league record in jeopardy, especially when Glynn Beale was shown a red card with 15 minutes left.
White Star then turned the screw and, with ten minutes to go, Steve Hollingworth reduced the arrears and five minutes later Jordan Missin restored parity with a shot from 25 five yards.
The young Stanningley team were out on their feet after putting so much into the first half but more drama was to come when, in the last minute of stoppage time, Adam Barlow scored the winner to complete a remarkable fightback.
Buttershaw now go into a double header with cellar-dwellers Mill Lane, who are desperate for points themselves to escape from the bottom, before playing the defending champions on Tuesday, April 29.
Bowling had a comprehensive victory at home to Sandy Lane, winning 5-0 with strikes from Chris Wood, Jack Murphy (2), a Joe Jagger penalty and substitute Paul Gelder (his first goal of the season).
In Division One, Napoleons Casino moved five points clear when they edged a nervy encounter against basement outfit Lane Ends 3-2.
In the Division 1B top of the table clash, Swaine Green took a huge step towards the title by beating nearest rivals Red Lion 3-2.
Red Lion were the better team in the first half and took the lead with a tap-in on the line from Antonio Burke.
Swaine Green hit back through in-form striker Aron Heywood but Antony Henry put the home team back in the driving seat early in the second half.
The visitors had to win to keep alive their title ambitions alive and restored parity when Heywood hit his second from outside the area. He then provided the headed assist for Jordan Horsfall to score the winner with an overhead kick.
Green now need one point from their final match to win the title.
In Division 3B, Junction FC Wyke had an convincing 8-3 victory over Bradford Vale B and moved into second place in the table.
It means Eccleshill Punjab need to win their final fixture against Amateur Cup winners Queens United to finish in second place in the table.