West Yorkshire League: High-flying Stanley celebrate six appeal

West Yorkshire League match action from Otley Town v Hunslet Club. PIC: Steve Riding
West Yorkshire League match action from Otley Town v Hunslet Club. PIC: Steve Riding
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A convincing victory from Division One high-fliers Stanley United secured their place at the top for yet another week as they dismantled Thornhill in a 6-1 win.

A dominant away display from United settled the spoils on Saturday as they continued on their mission to secure promotion by the end of the season.

Delighted with his squad’s performance, manager, Andy Eaton now has his sights set firmly on top-flight football.

“We did everything right against Thornhill; it was brilliant to watch,” he said. “Even before the season started, promotion was our goal but I think after that win, we all really believe in it now.”

Matthew Oxer hit a brace for Stanley for whom Stuart Davies, Ashley Downing, Adam Hayton and Ben Huntington all added one each.

Eaton added: “We have been very close to promotion in recent years and now we’re in the same position but there’s no pressure, we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing because it’s working. We’re a small village so to get up to the Premier Division would be absolutely massive but our attitude, style of play and facilities are all geared up for it so there’s no reason why we can’t be there next season.

“We have a very good squad of fresh and talented youngsters and I’m a manager that likes to focus on development more than anything so it’s brilliant for the club to see so many of them progress up to the first team too.”

Stanley’s next clash sees them host Boroughbridge on Saturday which will be another chance to extend their advantage at the top as most other clubs in Division One avert their attention to the cup. Boroughbridge come into the fixture off the back off a 1-0 defeat to Kippax.

Baildon Trinity Athletic were also in Division One action, running out 4-2 winners over Sherburn White Rose thanks to goals from Darren Rands (2), Andrew Radosavic and Jonathon Reynolds. Headingley held East End Park to a 2-2 draw and Ilkley Town came from behind to beat Leeds Modernians 2-1. Old Centralians’ clash with Whitkirk Wanderers was postponed but Ripon City beat Featherstone Colliery 3-2.

In the Premier, Carlton Athletic made the jump to the top of the table thanks to an impressive 5-1 win against Robin Hood Athletic. Matthew Jackson’s hat-trick accompanied goals from Andrew Payne and Adam Fowler in the dominant display.

Champions Field finally succumbed to the pressure at the top as they fell short to Beeston St Antony’s on Saturday. Matthew Moon’s brace and goals from Matthew Fannon and Daniel Daly cancelled out Christopher Wood’s goal in Beeston’s 4-1 win. Leeds City were also in action, forced into a 0-0 draw with Oxenhope Recreation while Otley Town and Hunslet Club also fought out a goalless draw.

Matthew White’s goal was enough to steal the spoils for Pool in their clash with Brighouse Old Boys and Wetherby Athletic picked up the three points in their clash, William Peers and Jonathan Hadley netting in a 2-0 win over Wyke Wanderers. Bardsey’s fixture at Horbury Town was postponed.

Hall Green United were the show stealers in Division Two on Saturday as they thumped Garforth Rangers 11-1. Jamie Miller impressively netted four and Allan Laud bagged a hat-trick.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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