West Yorkshire League: Relegation rivals can’t be separated

Match action from Whitkirk Wanderers v Wetherby (SR1002/91d). PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from Whitkirk Wanderers v Wetherby (SR1002/91d). PIC: Steve Riding
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with the weather wreaking havoc on the weekend’s fixtures, a bottom-of-the-table clash between Whitkirk Wanderers and Wetherby Athletic saw both sides pick up a point after a 2-2 draw, writes Amitai Winehouse.

Both sides would have benefitted from all three points, with a relegation battle looming on the horizon, but neither side could outdo the other and pick up an important win.

Whitkirk have another opportunity to move clear of the relegation zone at the weekend as they travel to Brighouse Old Boys, who sit a place above them in the league.

The weekend also sees Bardsey host East End Park, with both teams doing well in the league. Bardsey could stretch their lead at the top even further should they win and Leeds City fail to emerge victorious on their travels at Otley Town.

Boroughbridge will need a result against Oxenhope Recreation if they want to involve themselves higher up the table in the later stages of the season.

But Oxenhope will be loath to lose with the potential to find themselves dragged into a relegation battle.

The game of the weekend though is surely Wetherby Athletic’s clash with Hunslet Club, as two sides threatened with the drop take part in a huge relegation six-pointer that will surely have ramifications on the composition of the Premier Division next year.

Division One saw every game postponed at the weekend as a result of the weather.

Looking ahead to the weekend’s matches, a positive result for Robin Hood Athletic against struggling Old Centralians could place them firmly into the race for top spot. Robin Hood have six games in-hand on top of the table Knaresborough Town and sit only seven points behind.

Old Modernians will be looking to avoid an upset as they travel to bottom-placed Kellingley Welfare, who are yet to win a game thus far.

Second-placed Ilkley Town will face fifth-placed Aberford Albion at home in what should be the pick of the weekend’s matches as two high-flyers face off.

Another of the division’s big matches sees league leaders Knaresborough Town face Old Headingley at home. Knaresborough will be hoping for a similar result to the reverse fixture from earlier in the season when they managed a 4-1 away win.

Garforth Rangers hosted the only game in Division Two this weekend and emerged as 2-0 victors against tenth-placed Ossett Common Rovers.

The win was secured for Garforth through goals from Ashley Bell and David Bell, which allowed them to close the gap on second place, although they have played at least three more games than their promotion rivals.

Garforth face a tough test at the weekend as they travel to Howden Clough, who sit in third-place. If Garforth want to make a late surge for promotion, a win against Howden would lay down a marker for the rest of the season.

Thornhill will remain top of the table regardless of the weekend’s results, but will need to be on their guard as they travel to Woodhouse Hill (Normanton), who sit in seventh but remain firmly in the hunt for promotion.

The only other fixture in the West Yorkshire Association Football League this weekend took place in the Alliance Division Two, with Sherburn White Rose Reserves storming to a 6-2 win against Rothwell Town Reserves away from home.

Christopher Ward and substitute Jamie Kime both scored for Rothwell Town Reserves, but Sherburn’s strength in front of goal overpowered them.

Robert Jackson found his way onto the scoresheet with a brace, and Aaron Hodgson’s hat-trick confirmed a massive win that pulls Sherburn off the foot of the table.

East End Park v Whitkirk Wanderers West Yorkshire League Division 1 sat 14th oct 2017
Mikey Elliott scores the opener for  Whitkirk past Perry Wheeler  of  East End Park

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