Kippax revival continues at expense of rivals Headingley

Wetherby Athletic's Dan Slater
Wetherby Athletic's Dan Slater
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Kippax won their third match in a row as they continue to climb their way up the West Yorkshire Division One table with Headingley AFC not having enough to stop the in-form side’s winning run,

Kippax won the match 3-1, and moved four points clear of Headingley in the process, as a small split emerged for the first time between the top and bottom eight teams in the league.

Old Modernians remained on the right side of that split as they scored a goal in either half on the way to beating struggling Featherstone Collieries in their own back yard.

Adam Plattew and Ben Turner got the goals for Modernians, who sit seventh, whilst Featherstone remain just one point above the bottom of the table.

John O’Connell led the way with four goals for Baildon Trinity Athletic, as they thrashed Yorkshire Amateur 9-2 in Division Two.

Bradley Green and Lewis Longthorn scored second-half goals for Amateur.

But Ben Craven’s brace, and strikes from Louis Francis, Daniel Milner and Andrew Radosavic ensured that Baildon not only secured all three points, but gave their goal difference a helping hand as well.

Normanton Woodhouse Hill moved to within one point of Garforth Rangers at the top of the table, as they overcame bottom-placed Fryston 3-1.

Robert Rice scored two for the home side, with substitute Ben Muggleton also getting himself on the scoresheet, as Fryston fell to only their second defeat in their last four games, after losing their opening five.

In the final fixture in the division, Ossett Common Rovers’ exceptional turnaround in form was somewhat halted by Hall Green United, who held them to a 1-1 draw.

Ossett had to wait until their sixth game of the season to taste victory, before winning four on the bounce, and Craig Williams scored for them again here. However, Hall Green’s Allan Laud found the net to ensure that the teams shared the points.

In the Alliance Division One, Boroughbridge Reserves secured their third win of the season thanks to an impressive 5-0 victory against Brighouse Old Boys Reserves. Harry Maltby had given 'Bridge a half-time lead, before goals from Scott Barnes, Aaron Weinhardt and two from Paul Scaife piled on the misery for Brighouse in the final twenty minutes.

Elsewhere, Ilkley Town Reserves missed out on an opportunity to secure a vital three points, as they lost 4-3 to Headingley AFC Reserves.

Lusungu Ndovi, Tom Smith and Alan Stockdale all netted for Ilkley, but their defence let them down, and they remain 12th in the table, with the two teams below them having played several games less.

Garforth Rangers Reserves secured a priceless Alliance Division Two victory over fellow strugglers Middleton Park Reserves in a real six-point thriller.

Garforth began the match below Middleton at the bottom of the table, but a Damien Clarke brace helped them on their way to a tense 4-3 victory, meaning that they leapfrog their opponents and stay in touch with the teams above them.

Baildon Trinity Athletic Reserves emulated their senior side by putting seven past Wyke Wanderers Reserves, in a 7-4 match that provided plenty of entertainment for all but those hoping to see some tight defending.

Barwick Reserves moved into second in the league thanks to a 4-1 away victory against Howden Clough Reserves, and Hall Green United overcame Sherburn White Rose Reserves 3-2.

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