West Yorkshire League: Bardsey take huge step to retaining title

Match action from Knaresborough Town v Old Modernians (100372k). PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from Knaresborough Town v Old Modernians (100372k). PIC: Steve Riding
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BARDSEY took a giant step towards retaining their West Yorkshire League crown with a 9-0 demolition of Whitkirk Wanderers on a day when their two closest title rivals both came a cropper.

As Bardsey were hammering Whitkirk, second-placed Leeds City were felled 4-1 by visiting Field.

The away side’s Andrew Benjamin, Glyn Hirst, Matthew Hartley and Lee Pedder all bagged a goal apiece.

Although sitting fourth, Field, with games in hand, could now be Bardsey’s biggest title dangers – if there is such a thing.

Field trail Bardsey by 24 points but they still have five games in hand and 10 games remaining as opposed to Bardsey’s four.

Second-placed Beeston St Anthony’s were also upset 2-1 by visiting Horbury Town on Saturday.

Two fine strikes from Mark Atkinson, one in each half, sealed the upset.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Oxenhope’s recent run of good results came to an end during the second half of their match at Hunslet Club who were 3-0 winners. 

Goalless at the break, Hunslet scored early in the second period and as Oxenhope pressed for the equaliser they shipped two further goals. Brighouse Old Boys continued their return to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-1 victory against in form Boroughbridge.

Pool started well in a pulsating match, but Headingley began to get on top as the first half progressed scoring either side of half time to take a two goal lead.

Pool responded well pulling a goal back mid-way through the half when substitute Matthew Doran converted a penalty.

Minutes later they were level when Andy Graham headed home well from close range.

But the three points were secured with a goal worthy of winning any match.

Doran controlled the ball with his back to goal fully 25 yards out, then turning to volley powerfully into the top corner of the net.

Headingley threw everything at Pool for the last ten minutes, but the home side held on for a deserved victory.

In Saturday’s other Premier Division encounters, relegation-battling Kippax edged out bottom club visitors Wetherby Athletic 3-2 while Shelley enjoyed a 4-0 win at home to fourth-bottom Otley Town.

In Division One, title-chasing Robin Hood continued their winning run with a 6-3 success at Kellingley Welfare.

Goals came from Graham Marchant and Liam McCarthy plus two each for Kris Robertshaw and Scott Murgatroyd.

Leaders Knaresborogh Town beat visiting Old Modernians 3-1 while second-placed Ilkley Town went in 3-2 at Old Centralians.

A wasteful Glasshoughton Welfare side also suffered a 5-1 defeat when they visited Rothwell Town.

In other league highlights, third-placed Oxenhope Reserves showed their credentials for the Alliance Division One title when they defeated second placed Hunslet Reserves 4-0.

The home side took the lead on the quarter when a pin-point James Bailey free kick was headed in at the far post by Liam Blacka.

Then, midway through the half, Bailey latched on to an Ellis Atha pass to smash the ball into the roof of the net.

Hunslet missed a good chance to reduce the arrears on the stroke of half time when their striker headed wide.

Oxenhope grabbed the clincher mid-way through the second period when Craig Morris converted a well worked move involving Black and Nivard Trowers.

Morris then hit his second driving the ball under the diving keeper.

Elsewhere, Pool Reserves made the trip to Sherburn with another mix of young and old, going down by the odd goal in a 2-1 reverse.

Their scorers were Danny Blackburn and Johnny Bedford.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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