Local football: Frantic second half keeps Denaby United top

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Denaby United continue to set the pace at the top of the South Yorkshire County Senior Division One after a 6-3 home win over South Kirkby.

Top scorer Steve Ellor bagged a hat trick to keep his side in the ascendency after a goalless first half.

Both sides had chances in the first 45 minutes without really testing the opposition goalkeeper too much, as it remained goalless at the break, however, the half time team talks marked an upturn in goalmouth action.

United were shocked in the opening seconds when South Kirkby took the lead, a cross from the right wing brought about a mix up in front of goal with Ben Priestley unable to gather and Craig Hobson prodded the ball into an empty net.

If South Kirkby had the territorial advantage in the first half then United had it in the second period and three goals in seven minutes put them firmly in control.

The equaliser on the hour mark saw a Wayne McSeveney cross from the left and Ainsley Finney jumped highest to guide the ball in the net with a fine header.

United then grabbed the lead as Jack Whittaker’s excellent run and cross was only half cleared before being played back into the danger area where Andrew Wood was waiting to prod the ball away.

United went further ahead when Ellor was played clear of a static defence and strode forward to confidently put the ball in the net for a 3-1 United lead.

It was four when Finney grabbed his second, but the visitors weren’t giving up without a fight and pulled a goal back, when Craig Hobson got clear and lobbed the ball over keeper Priestley.

Ellor wrapped up three points and a hat trick as he scored with a good finish before pouncing on a defensive mix up.

Though Kirkby were well beaten they had the final say with the United defence seemingly back in the changing room, a Hobson cross reached an unmarked Dale Tapper, and his side foot found the net.