Boroughbridge capitalised on their early exit from the West Yorkshire League Cup by taking all three points against Premier League strugglers East End Park, writes ANDY DONLEY.
With most of the division’s teams playing in the cup, the relegation six-pointer was the only top-flight match of the weekend, and Boroughbridge came through triumphant in a 2-1 victory thanks to Ross Mardon and Michael Mullenger goals either side of half-time.
The top two met in Division One, and it was Thornhill who beat hosts Carlton Athletic 3-2 to leapfrog them to become league leaders.
Alan Howard and Liam Moore had scored for the home side, but a Lee Brook brace sealed the points for Thornhill, with Scott Hargreaves also finding the net for the new top dogs.
Darren Munday and Ross Hutchinson scored the goals for Ilkley Town, as they eased past Howden Clough 2-0, for whom James Keen earned an early bath for picking up two yellow cards.
Whitkirk Wanderers beat Old Centralians 2-1, with Andrew Watson securing the points for the away side, whilst Kippax comfortably beat struggling Altofts 4-1.
Mount St Mary’s’ Jordan Talbot put Barwick to the sword in a fantastic feat of goal-scoring in Division Two, firing all five of his side’s efforts in a 5-1 away victory. Peter Benn scored a consolation for the home side.
Garforth Rangers extended their impressive start at the expense of on-form Ossett Common Rovers.
Ossett had been unbeaten in seven games coming into the fixture, and they performed admirably against a strong Garforth side with Justin Booth scoring twice and Craig Williams also finding the net.
However, they were eventually overcome 4-3, with Garforth’s Matthew Marshall scoring a double, along with goals from Ashley and Colin Bell.
Bottom-placed Fryston pulled off something of an upset by beating high-flying Normanton Woodhouse Hill 4-3. Liam Cooper, Michael Corr, Mathew Midgley and Mark Stanley all found the back of the net for Fryston, who are now level on points with fellow strugglers Middleton Park, who didn’t play this week. An Owan Asquith brace helped Hartshead on their way to a 3-0 win against Yorkshire Amateur, keeping them within one point of Garforth at the top of the table. Darrell Young scored three and Jamie Wainwright two as Sherburn White Rose hammered Great Preston 6-1, and Sherburn can still move to the top of the division if they take advantage of their games in hand. Rothwell Town beat Baildon Trinity Athletic 3-1, with Scott Carter netting two.
Leeds City Reserves scored five in each half on their way to thrashing hapless East End Park Reserves 10-1 in the Alliance Division One. Barrie Frankland scored a hat-trick for the Leeds side, with Mitchell Cameron, Luke Norman, James McFarlane, Ashley Walker and Daniel Berry also amongst the goals, whilst Nathan Swires goal was scant consolation for East End.
Boroughbridge Reserves looked comfortable in beating table-topping Oxenhope Recreation Reserves 3-0, with Paul Scaife bagging a brace and Connor Freeman rounding off the scoring. Hunslet Club Reserves closed the gap on Oxenhope with a 2-1 victory against Headingley AFC Reserves. Danny Walker and Ryan Gosney were the Hunslet heroes.
In Alliance Division Two, Ripon City Reserves are still the only undefeated team in the league after they beat Kippax Reserves 4-2 at home. Ripon found themselves 1-0 behind at the break, but responded with goals from Brandon Clarke, Daniel Edmunds, Kyle Fox and Joe Dalton to take all three points and move to the top of the table for the first time this year. Substitute Callum Richardson scored twice for Sherburn White Rose Reserves as they beat Baildon Trinity Athletic Reserves 3-2 away from home, and Otley Town Reserves and Barwick Reserves shared the points in a 1-1 draw.