Halifax and District League, Premier Division
Shelf United 3 Greetland 2 (att 46)
The first of the Halifax League's annual early season Friday evening games gave me a welcome chance to visit Shelf United, a club whose ground had eluded me in previous years.
Shelf Hall Park is a pleasant tree-lined public park, between Halifax and Bradford. There's only room for one football pitch, which has a steep end-to-end slope, and with a low sun setting at the uphill end winning the toss looked more important than usual.
The visitors began the game kicking up the slope, and with the sun in their eyes, but they took the lead thanks a to a penalty. It had been against the run of play, and it wasn't long before Shelf had made it 1-1, albeit a goal with more than a suspicion of offside.
The home side scored again to take a lead into the half-time break, and added a third mid way through the second half. Greetland kept battling, and were rewarded with a late goal, but they couldn't manage an equaliser.