ATTACKING : Waratahs Old Boys midfielder Mejo Cheruvathur, who added to his season’s tally with another goal on the weekend, battles to get past Denley defender Michael Flynn.
The two teams at the top of Orange over-35s football competition ladder, Brighouse and Waratahs Old Boys, have extended their lead in a high-scoring round of games on the weekend.
Despite only being able to field 10 players, Millthorpe defended bravely throughout their clash with ladder-leaders, Brighouse at Jack Brabham park.
Millthorpe had the best of the play throughout the first half, and it took til the final 15 minutes of the game before Brighouse broke through.
Striker Glenn Harpley got horizontal to launch a header past the Millthorpe keeper.
The second came when a sideline throw-in by Andrew McGuire found Nick Hyndes in space . He delivered a 30 metre pass to Martin Felice who beat the keeper cleanly.
Denley Moor’s hopes of climbing the ladder hit a snag when they faced Waratahs Old Boys.
Tahs opened the scoring when defender Wayne Penrose sent a soaring kick from half way to find an unmanned attacker. A first touch header sailed over the keeper’s head.
When Mejo Cheruvathur weaved his way through the Denley defence to score, Tahs went to the break 2-0 up.
Tahs made it three soon after the break, before they started to tire and Denley began to fire.
A series of attacking runs kept the Tahs keeper busy, but the goal remained intact until Steve Adams sent a cracking shot bouncing off the near post to find the back of the net.
Denley finished stronger, but Tahs took the points 3-1.
In the round’s other game, Barnestoneworth United faced boggy conditions at the Waratahs ground for their clash with Gladdyatahs.
Strengthened by a number of new faces, Gladdies opened up a three-nil lead by the half-time break, and then added two more, including a 25 metre strike from the top of the box to deliver a 5-0 lead.
Barnestoneworth’s A-grade side also piled on the points to defeat Waratahs FC 4-0.
With a member of Orange’s 16s rep side, Michael Hannelly trying his hand in A-grade for the first time, the newcomer impressed, scoring in his first game.