West Yorkshire League: Rivals lose ground as Bardsey turn screw

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An abandoned game between Leeds City and Whitkirk Wanderers allowed Bardsey to storm into a 13-point lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 win against Horbury Town, writes AMITAI WINEHOUSE.

Goals from Robert Dickinson, Steven Palfrey and substitute Michael Toney overwhelmed Horbury, who could only answer through a solitary strike from Tom Dews.

Brighouse Old Boys managed a minor upset as they won 4-1 against mid-table side Shelley.Matthew Roy scored three, with Michael Pearson adding another to give Brighouse their tenth goal in two games.

Ripon City pulled into sixth place with a 2-1 win against Hunslet Club, despite David Pickering’s strike for Hunslet.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, the game between the league’s bottom sides, Kippax and Wetherby Athletic, was postponed.

In the League Cup, Beeston St Anthony’s overcame Carlton Athletic away from home, winning 5-1.

Carl Feehan’s hat-trick sent them on their way, with Sean Jeavons and Lee Turnbull also bagging. Denis Katoro scored Carlton’s only goal.

Otley Town beat top-flight opposition in the cup, winning 4-3 after extra time against Boroughbridge to progress.

Declan Adams bagged a brace, with Toby Harris and Jermaine Wilson also scoring to give Otley the win. Paul Eagling put two away for Boroughbridge, with Michael Mullenger scoring one, but their goals were only enough to send the tie into extra time.

Robin Hood Athletic managed a 2-0 win against Pool to progress in the cup.

Two goals from Graham Marchant secured a result for Robin Hood.

The cup was also affected by the problematic weather, with the clash between Stanley United and Field postponed.

Every Division One fixture was called off as a result of the rain.

With Robin Hood Athletic hot on their tail at the top of the table, Knaresborough Town will know that they need a result against Baildon Trinity Athletic next week to keep up their title push.

Only two games survived the weather in Division Two, with Howden Clough having to settle for a 1-1 draw away at Hartshead.

Jozef Kenzitt’s sole strike gave Howden a draw against their mid-table opposition.

A shock result saw Rothwell Town put together a stunning 4-2 victory against top of the table Thornhill. Lee Brook scored two for Thornhill, but they were overrun thanks to goals from Paul Bjelic, Joshua Knaggs, Sam Strangeway and Ben Willis.

The Alliance Division One saw only one game take place, as Leeds City Reserves managed a 3-1 win against Robin Hood Athletic Reserves to climb up to seventh in the table. Substitute Stephen Hancock scored Robin Hood’s only goal.

Boroughbridge Reserves overtook Aberford Albion Reserves, climbing into third in the Alliance Division Two with a 5-2 win.

Paul Scaife scored a 20 minute hat-trick either side of half-time for the home side, and his goals were added to by Ben Johnstone and Phil Wix. This turned around a game that Aberford had led 2-1 before half-time.

Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves remain in second after a 2-1 win against Garforth Rangers Reserves.

Aaron Dix and Nylle Rosendale put strikes away for the away side, with Jack Witcher scoring Garforth’s single goal.

Baildon Trinity Athletic Reserves came away from Barwick with a 2-1 win that lifted them to ninth in the table.

David Mills and Elliot Moody scored to give them the three points.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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