East End Park continued their strong start to the season with yet another big victory, edging them further up the West Yorkshire League Division One table.
Looking unfazed by last season’s relegation from the Premier League, they comfortably secured a 3-0 win over Aberford Albion on Saturday, giving them the status of one of only three teams in Division One yet to lose.
Delighted with his side’s efforts, first-team manager Paul Ogilvie left son and captain of the club, Craig Ogilvie to step up during his overseas absence and guide the club to three points. Now with sights firmly set on promotion, Ogilvie insists that the aim is to lift the trophy as champions.
He said: “The squad won’t be happy with second or third, we have set our standards very high. After relegation we wanted to do well this season and so being in the top six at this early stage is exactly where we wanted to be. We’ve put pressure on ourselves but performances like today just show it can be done, we know our objectives for this season.”
Amazingly, all three goals came in the dying moments. The deadlock wasn’t broken until the 78th minute when Miguel Cassama pounced on a loose ball – his lobbed effort beating the stranded keeper. Ashley Hubbard and Liam Clark then came on as substitutes and bagged a goal each to round up a 3-0 win.
“We played really well in spells and should have been three or four up at half-time but we knew we had to keep calm and patient until we got the goal,” Ogilvie added.
“Coming down from the Premier Division last season adds even more pressure on our shoulders to do well but we don’t let that affect our game, we accept it and get on with our season and objectives.
“We all knew collectively last season we deserved to be relegated and from the start we changed our preparation for the season to others in the past. We’re more focused on the end product this season. We’ve got some tough games coming up, all away from home and we need to keep that focus and discipline in those games to keep our run going.
“No mater who we face, our game plan remains the same. We are showing all teams the same respect.”
East End Park’s next clash sees them travel to Kippax who currently sit 14th in the table following a rough opening six games. Kippax will be looking to rectify this form, their last encounter was a 3-2 defeat away to Ilkley.
Meanwhile, in the Premier Division, Carlton Athletic maintained their spot at the top with a 3-0 win at home to Brighouse Old Boys. Goals came from Scott Hargreaves (2) and Liam Moore. Meanwhile, second-placed Field held to a 2-2 draw at Leeds City. Field host leaders Carlton Athletic this weekend with ambitions to close the one-point gap. Brighouse Old Boys host Bardsey while Leeds City travel to Wetherby Athletic.
Current third-placed side Beeston St Anthony’s impressed away at Wetherby Athletic, winning 4-2 with goals from Sean Jeavons (3) and Daniel Daly. Joe Whiteley and Mario Campagna replied for Wetherby.
Beeston travel to Hunslet Club this weekend, who also put in a dominant performance last weekend as they ran out 4-0 winners against Shelley. Jonathan Grayston (2), Gareth Groves and David Pickering scored the goals.
Shelley now face Oxenhope Recreation whose clash with Bardsey last weekend was the only game in the league to be postponed.
Horbury Town won 3-0 at Wyke Wanderers thanks to goals from Michael Hall, Neil Samardzija and Lamin Bojang and will be hoping to replicate that next weekend away at Otley Town.
Pool won 3-2 away to Otley Town with the goals coming from Nicholas Hewitt (2) and Neil Ebdon. James Midgley (2) replied for Otley. Pool will face Knaresborough Town this weekend who were not in action on Saturday while Wyke Wanderers travel to Robin Hood Athletic.
A mild, sunny day greeted the new Yorkshire Amateur League season on Saturday.
Last year’s runners up Farsley Celtic Juniors set off in business-like fashion with a 4-1 victory at Stanningley OB.
The home side conceded a penalty on 20 minutes and Craig Farrand duly converted for Farlsey. Then the away side took full control and two goals from Danny Lyons put Farsley 3-0 up. Steve Thompson then pulled a goal back for the hosts but Lyons completed his hat-trick to ensure the 4-1 win.
Promoted Championship winners Farnley Sports started off with a morale-boosting 3-1 win at Alwoodley.
Farnley were given the lead by Shane Gaunt but Alwoodley came back strongly only for Farsley to double their lead through Barrie Danby.
Danby then netted his second goal to give Farsley an unassailable 3-0 advantage. Alwoodley then scored a consolation goal late on through Tom Rawson.
Grangefield OB enjoyed a strong start to the season with a 6-1 win at Rodillian.
The first half was evenly contested and after 20 minutes Sobers gave Rodillian the lead that they held up to the 39th minute when Craig Talbot equalised.
Then a minute before the break Matt Tomlinson put Grangefield 2-1 ahead.
After the break a brace from Grant Jackson and late goals from Luke Hunter and Josh Spencer confirmed the victory.
Champions Ealandians were involved in a controversial 2-2 draw with Wigton Moor.
Glyn Haley put Ealandians ahead but Ben Thompson restored parity by the break.
Then there was a moment of madness when the ball looked to have gone out of play and the Ealandians defence stood still expecting a throw-in, but Wigton continued their attack with Leroy Watson converting.
The severely shaken Ealandians eventually forced a late equaliser through Gavin Pattison.
In the Championship, Leeds Independent drew 3-3 with Stanningley OB Res, Leeds Medics and Dentists were held to a 2-2 draw by Beeston Juniors.
Old Batelians and Collingham Juniors drew 3-3 while Beeston St Anthony’s won 3-2 at Shire Academics. Morley Town won 4-2 at Thornesians while St Nicholas drew 1-1 with Alwoodley OB Res.
Lower Hopton’s goal-drenched West Riding County Amateur Premier Division campaign continued on Saturday with an 8-1 win over Dudley Hill Rangers, writes Oliver Roby.
Hopton, who have already enjoyed a 7-0 triumph this season, produced another fine performance to blow lowly Rangers away.
The outcome was rarely in doubt as they raced into a 4-1 half-time lead before hitting a further four goals in the second period.
Nathan James led the way with a brace as Lincoln Adams, Simeon Fletcher, Liam Royal and Aidan Schofield all netted, alongside goals from substitutes Sylbert Stewart and Tristan Thomas. Ryan Sterr notched a consolation for the visitors.
Elsewhere, a double from Joe Jagger helped Littletown to a fine 4-0 away win against Hunsworth, while Lepton Highlanders’ Jonathan Bullivant matched Jagger’s tally in a 3-1 home win for his side against Kirkburton.
And Golcar United overcame Salts 2-0 away from home, Callum Meade notching both goals as his side picked up their third victory of the season.
In the Division One Cup, Carl Trennery’s goal handed Campion Reserves a 1-0 away success against Wibsey.
Honley were also victors on the road, beating Westbrook 1-0 and Ventus/Yeadon Celtic made it a trio of away wins, overcoming Thornes 3-2, but Steeton made the most of home advantage with a 2-0 triumph against Wakefield City.
In Division Two, there were wins for TVR United and Route One Rovers, but Salts Reserves took the headlines with a 9-1 win at Littletown Reserves.
Jamie Budell scored four times to ensure his side outshone Bradford FC’s 8-2 win against Lower Hopton Reserves.
The FA Inter League Cup first round also got underway this weekend as the West Riding County Amateur League took on the Cheshire League.
The scores were level at 1-1 after a tight first half but, despite Ely Hey and Scott Eastwood netting for the Amateur League side, it wasn’t enough as Cheshire ran out 4-2 winners.