West Yorkshire League: Longdon’s double is reward for team effort

Shaun Longdon scores for Swillington (SR1003/45a). PIC: Steve Riding
Shaun Longdon scores for Swillington (SR1003/45a). PIC: Steve Riding
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Swillington Saints kept up their promotion push from Division Two with a 2-0 win over Mount St Mary’s, writes Amitai Winehouse.

Shaun Longdon was on the scoresheet for the Saints.

Howden Clough, meanwhile, closed the gap between them and Thornhill to five points after a 2-0 win against Yorkshire Amateur. Daniel Broadbent and Andrew Griffiths scored a goal each to give Howden a vital win in the title race.

Division leaders Thornhill stumbled, managing only a point as they drew 4-4 with Ossett Common Rovers.

Rothwell Town won 1-0 against Woodhouse Hill (Normanton). Thomas Carter scored the winner for Rothwell, who climbed up to fifth as a result.

Third-placed Hartshead managed a 3-1 win against the floundering Barwick away from home.

Heckmondwike Town climbed up to 12th in the league with a huge 6-1 win against bottom side Great Preston.

In the pick of the Alliance Division One action, Field Reserves managed a huge 9-1 win against Bardsey Reserves.

The Alliance Division Two saw Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves retain top spot after managing a 2-2 draw against second placed Ilkley Town Reserves.

In the top flight, Bardsey took advantage of a slip from Leeds City to open up the gap at the top of the Premier Division table to 13 points with a 3-0 win against Shelley away from home.

Leeds City were in the driving seat in their game against Kippax at half time, leading 2-0, but faltered in the second half, allowing Kippax back into the game to snatch a 2-2 draw.

Leroy McIntosh will look back at this game with frustration, having given City the two goal lead in the first half with a brace. City’s capitulation to one of the league’s struggling sides will not bode well for their title challenge.

Third-placed Beeston St Anthony’s also fell to a surprise result at the weekend, losing 1-0 at home to Oxenhope Recreation after Daniel Moriarty’s winner.

Boroughbridge and Otley Town played out a 1-1 draw.

Sam Jewell put Otley ahead in the first half, but they couldn’t hold on to the lead against one of the league’s better sides.

Wetherby Athletic slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Ripon City, falling to bottom spot in the league as a result.

Tom Leeming, James McDaid and Robert Mortimer scored a goal for Ripon. East End Park stormed to a huge 6-0 victory at Whitkirk Wanderers.

Ryan Robinson bagged a brace for the away side.

Luke Coates, Glenroy Hylton, Gareth Mitchell and Adam Tunnicliffe added one each to give Park the win.

Field managed a 2-0 win against Horbury Town to climb up to fourth in the league.

In Division One, Ilkley Town climbed back into first position with a 3-1 win against Stanley United.

Ilkley had hat-trick hero Adam Fowler to thank for the win.

Knaresborough Town were knocked off top spot after Ilkley’s win and their own failure, losing 1-0 at home to Aberford Albion in a match that could have ramifications on the promotion race.

It could have been worse for Knaresborough, but Robin Hood Athletic could manage only a 1-1 draw against Wyke Wanderers.

Karl Fawcett scored for Wyke, giving them a draw after James Finlayson had originally put Athletic into the lead before half time.

Altofts won 3-2 against the struggling Baildon Trinity Athletic.

Christopher Collinson and Adam Swift were on the scoresheet for Altofts, cancelling out efforts from Ben Craven and Oliver Spence.

Old Modernians won 4-1 against Carlton Athletic, with Denis Katoro scoring Carlton’s only goal of the game.

Old Centralians and Sherburn White Rose played out a 0-0 draw. Featherstone Colliery fell to a 4-2 loss against Old Headingley.

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