Wakefield Leagues: ’Gate close in on top spot after latest win

Match action from King George v Alverthorpe.
Match action from King George v Alverthorpe.
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BEECHWOOD Gate maintained their ominous title charge with Saturday’s 4-0 success at home to Premier Division strugglers Walton.

A double from Nathaniel Welsh was supported by strikes from Liam Gales and Kris Staniforth as Gate made it three wins in succession and all without conceding a goal.

Gate stay six points behind leaders Rothwell FC who rolled on with a 5-1 success at home to fourth-placed Prince Of Wales.

Rothwell have a better goal difference than Gate but have played two games more.

FC Gawthorpe have four games in hand on the league leaders and they stayed 12 points adrift with a 4-1 triumph at bottom-club Eastmoor.

Elsewhere, Bramley Athletic strengthened their hold on fifth with a 4-2 victory at home to seventh-placed Dewsbury Rangers Old Boys.

A Dewsbury brace from Michael Thompson proved in vain.

Three games were played in Division One on Saturday with leaders Snydale Athletic moving five points clear through a 5-1 success at home to fifth-placed Old Bank WMC.

AFC Ossett moved fourth with a 2-0 derby success at third-bottom Ossett Two Brewers while ninth-placed Featherstone Colliery moved five points clear if the dropzone through a 5-1 success at home to bottom club Wakefield City.

Five Division Two games were staged with second-placed Stanley United moving one point behind leaders Crackenedge courtesy of a 4-1 win at home to fifth-placed New Wheel.

Third-placed AFC Kettlethorpe closed to within two points off top spot after a 2-0 verdict at seventh-placed Durkar.

Four points further back in fourth are FC Purston Athletic who thumped bottom-club visitors Adwalton FC 6-1.

Nostell Miners Welfare moved sixth with a 3-0 win at home ninth-placed Red Lion Alverthorpe while third-bottom hosts Overthorpe Sports Club and eighth-placed Wagon FC shared a 3-3 draw.

In Division Three, second-bottom Dewsbury Rangers Old Boys held fourth-bottom visitors Wrenthorpe to a 2-2 draw.

Gareth Redman and Jonathan Saville netted for Dewsbury.

At the top of the table, New Pot Oil moved a clear second with a 5-1 win at third-bottom Methley United.

White Rose also strengthened their hold on fifth with a 2-0 beating of sixth-placed visitors Swillington Welfare.

In the Wakefield Sunday League, Premier Division leaders Hemsworth Miners Welfare moved eight points clear with a 3-2 success at fourth-placed Kinsley Hotel.

Second-placed Alverthorpe Sports club were trumped 5-1 at fifth-placed King George who have plenty if games in hand.

Elsewhere, Netherton Sports & Social moved off the foot of the division as a 3-0 outcome at seventh-placed Hall Green United gave them their first win of the season.

Two games were played in Division Two with Wrenthorpe Rangers moving top on goal difference after a 3-1 success at sixth-placed FC New Pot Oil.

Third-placed Field Lane were hammered 7-1 by fourth-placed visitors New Sharlston Welfare who are well poised with games in hand.

Just one was played in Championship One with third-bottom hosts Whiney Moor and fourth-placed Nostell Miners Welfare drawing 3-3. And two games went ahead in Championship Two including a nine-goal thriller at fourth-placed Miners Warms who were chinned 5-4 by Wrenthorpe Rangers Reserves.

Rangers are now up to seventh.

Grey Horse also moved eighth by beating second-bottom visitors Sandal Galaxy Reserves 2-0.