West Yorkshire League: Beeston boss Halmshaw sets trophy treble target for Saints

Andy Payne scores Carlton Athletic's sixth from penalty spot against Premier Division rivals Leeds City. PIC: Steve Riding
Andy Payne scores Carlton Athletic's sixth from penalty spot against Premier Division rivals Leeds City. PIC: Steve Riding
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there’s TWO trophies in the cabinet but boss Mark Halmshaw admits Beeston St Anthony’s “want the lot” in search of a glorious treble.

Saints have already secured the West Riding FA County Challenge Cup plus the West Yorkshire League Cup and still sit top of the West Yorkshire Premier with five games to go.

And Halmshaw admits his men are by no means content with their achievements thus far ahead of tonight’s crunch match at champions Field.

Four teams – Beeston, Carlton Athletic, Leeds City and Field – could yet win the title but Beeston are in pole position and Halmshaw admitted: “Of course we are after the treble, that’s the ultimate goal.

“We’re certainly not content now because we want the lot, but to achieve that I truly believe we need a bit of luck, a lot of hard work and, above al,l togetherness and belief.

“Every game is a ‘cup final’ from now and that’s how we will approach them. The job is by no means finished.

“We have a lot of hard work ahead of us and, with a bit of luck, we can add to our success.”

Beeston’s Reserves would also win the Alliance Division One title – at the expense of leaders Oxenhope Recreation Reserves – if they beat visiting Horbury Town tonight in their final game.

The Saints first team kept themselves in the driving seat with Saturday’s 4-0 win at Shelley which preceded Thursday’s 3-1 success at home to Knaresborough Town.

But there are only three points back to Carlton who visit Wyke Wanderers tonight on the back of Monday’s amazing 6-4 triumph at third-placed Leeds City. City obliged 3-1 at Field last Wednesday evening and then won 3-0 at Otley Town on Saturday but they are now one point behind Carlton, having played two games more.

And it’s four points further back to fourth-placed Field who – like the top two – still have five games left.

Field were also felled 2-0 by visiting Hunslet Club on Saturday while Wyke were consigned to a bottom-two finish after Saturday’s 5-0 loss at home to Robin Hood Athletic.

Stanley United have been crowned champions of Division One after two wins in four days.

Wednesday night’s 2-0 success at Old Centralians was followed by Saturday’s 7-3 beating of visiting Ripon City in which Nathan Smith hit a hat-trick.

Headingley sealed second spot with Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of visiting East End Park meaning Sherburn White Rose must settle for third.

Howden Clough moved top of Division Two with Saturday’s 4-3 success at Mount St Mary’s but fourth-placed Huddersfield Amateur are only seven points behind with four games in hand. Third-placed Swillington Saints are the other team in the mix, along with second-placed Hall Green United.

In Alliance Two, Barwick Reserves will finish second after third-placed Old Centralians Reserves lost 3-0 at home to Aberford Albion Reserves in their final game.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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