Whitehouse injury mars five star Ponte Colls win

Injured: Mark Whitehouse.
Injured: Mark Whitehouse.

Pontefract Collieries stayed on the promotion trail in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League with a commanding 5-1 win at home to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

They had to wait until the second half for four of their goals as their superiority finally told, but a second successive five-goal success kept Colls on the heels of leaders Penistone Church, just three points behind them and one behind Grimsby Borough.

Jamie Williams sent them on the way with a goal inside four minutes.

An equally strong start to the second saw Mark Whitehouse find the net just two minutes after the restart and the floodgates began to open with Worsbrough’s resistance broken again 10 minutes later with Whitehouse again on target.

Chris Jackson’s tenth goal for the club since his move from Selby made it 4-0 before Williams bagged his second with 13 minutes remaining.

Ponte could not quite keep a clean sheet as Mark Stuart netted for the visitors, but it was too little, too late as far as they were concerned.

The victory appears to have come at a cost for Colls, however, as they look set to lose captain Whitehouse for a spell as he suffered a broken ankle.

Colls manager Craig Parry said: “We’re disappointed to lose Whitey.

“He’s been putting some good performances in at left-back. He’s also been scoring goals. He’s up to nine now so it is a blow.

“But we have some good young lads coming through and we also have Luke Jeffs who can play left-back and he’s very experienced from spells in the Evo-Stik, so we have cover.”

Collieries will be looking to make it six games unbeaten this Saturday when they travel to play mid-table Shirebrook Town (3pm).