Halifax and District League, Division One
Illingworth St Mary's 10 Denholme United 0 (att 15)
It's been quite a season for Illingworth St Mary's. This was their 24th and final league fixture, and they duly secured their 24th win at a canter against a Denholme side who needed a win to retain a chance of promotion.
It was always a tall order for the visitors, and they had their keeper to thank for a string of fine saves, including stopping a harshly-awarded penalty, to keep Illingworth at bay for the first 25 minutes.
Having gone ahead the home side doubled their advantage by half time. The second half was mostly one way traffic, as Illingworth put Denholme to the sword for my first double figure scoreline of the season. If it wasn't for the Denholme keeper the score would have been well into the teens.
Illingworth St Mary's play home games on a 3G pitch at Trinity Academy, just north of Halifax. Finding the school is easy enough, but finding the pitch was a challenge. I thought the game was off such was the lack of activity in and around the car park.
Luckily, while searching for the pitch I heard a distant referee's whistle, and just about made it to the venue before the game got underway.
There's a car park behind the goal of the 3G pitch, and at half time I took the opportunity to move my car from the school car park. Just as well I did, as when drove past after the game the school car park appeared to be locked up.
The 3G pitch at Trinity Academy isn't yet on Google Maps, but here's a link to its location