West Yorkshire League: Rothwell’s promotion bid still on track

West Yorkshire League Premier Division action from Beeston St Anthony's v Hunslet Club.

West Yorkshire League Premier Division action from Beeston St Anthony's v Hunslet Club.

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ROTHWELL Town could achieve promotion from Division Two on the final day of the season after a 4-2 defeat of champions Sherburn White Rose at Fifth Avenue.

Second-placed Hartshead would have sealed promotion with victory at Hall Green United in their final game on Wednesday evening but a 3-1 reverse left the door ajar for Rothwell, who still needed six points from their last two games.

Champions Sherburn were Saturday’s visitors but goals from Scott Carter, Thomas Carter, Christopher Peat and Daniel Squires sealed a crucial victory ahead of this weekend’s finale at Baildon Trinity Athletic. Goals from Daniel Withington and Lee Jones were in vain for White Rose.

In the Premier, title-chasing Leeds City followed Thursday night’s 2-0 victory against Knaresborough Town in the League Cup final with Saturday’s 2-1 success at Wetherby Athletic. Luke Duberry struck for the hosts but goals from James Hochstrasser and Joe Taske kept City nine points behind leaders Field but with three games in hand. Field obliged 3-0 at home to Knaresborough through a Nicholas Doherty double and Joshua Milner strike.

Champions Bardsey are out of title contention but moved third with a 7-0 romp at third-bottom East End Park. Roman Neal’s hat-trick was supported by a Daniel Maw double plus a goal each from Patrick Flannery and Nicholas Black.

Fifth-placed Beeston St Anthony’s enjoyed a 1-0 win at home to Hunslet Club as Matthew Moon bagged the winner.

Fourth-bottom Brighouse Old Boys are now safe from relegation after Wednesday night’s 3-1 success at home to Oxenhope was followed by Saturday’s 1-0 win at second-bottom Ripon City. Alex Hallam bagged Saturday’s winner with a Calvin Lee double and James Coates strike downing Oxenhope whose Thomas Marshall netted. Robin Hood Athletic saw off fellow mid-table visitors Shelley 2-0 with goals from James Finlayson and Scott Murgatroyd, despite having both Simon Poole and Kris Robertshaw sent off.

Second-placed Pool sealed promotion from Division One with a 2-1 triumph at Aberford Albion, achieved through goals from Thomas Fleming and Harvey Atkinson. Third-placed Wyke Wanderers were held to a goalless draw at home to Stanley United. Champions-elect Carlton Athletic won 3-0 at third-bottom Altofts thanks to strikes from Scott Hargreaves, Luke Oldroyd and Joseph O’Neill.

Bottom club Howden Clough were relegated through a 4-3 loss at Old Modernians.

Second-bottom Swillington Saints are also relegated inspite of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Headingley in which Adam Conlon netted.

Adam Higgins, of Hall Green United takes on Leeds Modernians' Steve Allen. United needed to win to clinch the West Yorkshire League first division title; it finished 2-2 after Mods had led 2-1 at half-time. PIC: Steve Riding

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