Pool 0

Oxenhope Recreation 4

THREE weeks without a match and the Christmas excesses took their toll on Pool as they failed to continue the outstanding form shown in recent matches.

In fairness to Oxenhope, who lie at the foot of the table, they lifted their game showing more desire for the ball, not allowing Pool to settle.

Nevertheless, it was Pool who had the early chances before Oxenhope came into the game, only a fine save at full stretch from Dan Swales in goal keeping them out.

Jack Farrimond then produced a rasping shot from distance against the crossbar.

The deadlock was broken following a rash challenge just inside the box gave Oxenhope a penalty.

The spot-kick was perfect and needed to be as Swales so nearly managed to fingertip it round the post.

A sustained spell of pressure then saw the visitors double their lead, which could have been more but for some desperate defending.

Early in the second half, a miscommunication at the back gifted Oxenhope a third, giving Pool an uphill battle.

Again Pool had chances to narrow the gap, the Oxenhope keeper pulling off several good saves.

It was one of those days for Pool when they simply were not going to score, and a late fourth from close range for Oxenhope completed the scoring.

It was a game best forgotten for Pool, who are 10th in Division One of the West Yorkshire League.

Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves 5

Pool Reserves 2

It was not the best weekend for Pool as following a good few matches for both teams, Pool Reserves also went down to a heavy defeat on Saturday.

David Potts was on the mark with both goals for Pool.

The result leaves Pool Reserves 10th in Alliance Division Two, just two points clear of bottom side Howden Clough Reserves.