Halifax and District League, Premier Division
Northowram 5 Copley United 7 (att 24)
I shall see plenty of games with more skill than this by the end of the season, but I doubt I'll be lucky enough to watch another game as entertaining.
Northowram won promotion last season, and began life in the league's top flight by kicking down the considerable end-to-end slope at their Recreation Ground. They started well and took an early lead, after which the the goals flowed.
The first half scoring went 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2. After the break it was 3-2, 4-2 4-3, 4-4. 5-4, 5-5, 5-6 and, after a red card for the home team, 5-7. The first time I've ever seen a 7-5 away win.
Facilities can be basic in the Halifax League. Northowram's sloping pitch is tight and uneven. Fences attempt to restrain wayward shots and both ends, and to protect neighbouring houses and gardens on one side.
On a wet and gloomy evening watching a Halifax League game could have been an endurance test, but this was a delight.