West Yorkshire League, Premier Division
Horbury Town 1 Carlton Athletic 4 (att 40)
A trip to Horbury was a good alternative once I discovered that my planned game, in the West Cheshire League, had been postponed just a few hours before kick-off.
The club's home, at the Slazenger Sports Complex, was my sole unvisited venue in the top division of the West Yorkshire League, and visitors Carlton were top of the table, having won all their five games so far.
That they made it six out of six owed much to the Horbury player who got himself sent off for kicking out at an opponent mid way through the first half. Horbury actually went ahead just a couple of minutes after the red card, although at the time it was 10 v 10 on the pitch as the Carlton's kicked player was still receiving treatment.
The home side held the lead into half time, but Carlton scored an equaliser just after the restart, and went on to win comfortably despite a spirited effort from Horbury.
The ground is a pleasant spot, high up over the surrounding countryside. The sloping pitch looks well-maintained, and was enclosed on three sides by a flimsy plastic post and rail fence, with a pair of neat dugouts on one side. The programme, apparently produced for all home games and sold for £1, was a welcome bonus.