Saturday Round-up: City Rovers drive form side Athletic off track

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LEEDS City ROVERS Old Boys pulled off quite a scalp in the second round of the West Riding FA County Challenge Trophy with a 5-2 defeat of thriving visitors Robin Hood Athletic Reserves.

Rovers are fifth in Division Two of the Yorkshire Amateur League but saw off their visitors who are top of the West Yorkshire League’s Alliance Division One with 27 points from ten games played.

Athletic drew first blood and took a 1-0 lead but City drew level when Pete Walsh scored directly from a corner.

Rovers then went ahead after the break when Dom Taylor capped a fine individual display by tucking home after good work by Ali Lewis. And it was soon 3-1 when Luke Aldrich again found the net after brilliant work by Ali.

Ali then repeated his provider role when he found Aldrich who made no mistake finding the bottom-left-hand corner for a 4-1 lead before Hood reduced the arrears through Marc Ware.

The stand-out scoreline of the round came at Ossett Common Rovers Firsts who were smashed 20-0 by visiting Springhead Reserves.

In the weekend’s stand out game in the Spen Valley League, Division One’s two bottom sides Dewsbury West Side Reserves and Howden Clough battled it out in an impressive 7-7 draw.

Irfan Ali bagged three away from home for Dewsbury West Side Reserves, with other goals coming from Zaaid Sajawal, Ovais Zahoor, Arsalan Shahid and Habib Shahid.

Two goals each came from Jay Stainburn, Shane Thornton and Tim Whitehead for Howden Clough and a seventh from Ashton Thomas, giving the side their first point of the season.

In the Premier, a mid-table clash between third place Savile Youth and fourth place Savile United saw both teams take a point in a 1-1 draw.

Goals came from Abdurrazag Etorki for the home side and Abdullah Aswat for Savile Youth.

Another draw in the league saw bottom-of-the-table Girlington secure a decent point away to promotion hopefuls Dewsbury West Side.

In the Selby League, Straps enjoyed a 6-3 home win over Malt Shovel and Cricketers won 3-1 away to White Swan. Abbey Vaults also obliged 1-0 Monk Fryston.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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