TOWN bagged the bragging rights in Ossett with a convincing 2-0 derby win at neighbours Albion on New Year’s Day.
Goals from Jimmy Eyles and substitute Grant Darley gave Craig Elliott’s in-form men the perfect start to 2013 to leave their hosts facing a relegation dogfight in Evo-Stik Division 1 North.
Eyles opened the scoring after 14 minutes when the former Nostell MW man found himself one-on-one with Albion goalkeeper Adam Rhodes and he coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Albion battled back and had good chances of their own to level the scores going into the interval but could not take them.
The home pressure continued in the second half but the visiting defence held firm and Darley made sure of Town’s victory with six minutes to go.
The win completes a good festive period for Town, who thrashed local rivals Wakefield FC before the Ossett derby, and leaves Albion with just one win from their last 12 matches in all competitions.
Elsewhere, Wakefield FC started the year with an impressive 2-1 home win over Curzon Ashton.
Kristian Dennis fired the visitors into a fifth-minute lead but goals either side of half-time, from Andrew Fieldhouse and Lee Turner, secured some much-needed points for Paul Lines’s men.
Albion: Rhodes, Quinn, Tracey, Holt, Owen, Fox, Poole, Lucas, Wilkin, Thompson, Kelly. Subs: Gay, Parker, Brownlee, Nicholson, Guiry.
Town: Convey, Lloyd, Fisher, Patterson, Cotterill, Hannity, Sharry, Eyles, Kelsey, Whitehouse, Radford. Subs: Moke, Hudson, Darley, Tonks.
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