Leeds City fell to their first defeat of the West Yorkshire League season this week, as they let slip a half-time lead to lose 3-2 to Otley Town, writes ANDY DONLEY.
Leeds were 1-0 up at the halfway point, but goals from Scott Cater, Toby Harris and Josh Waite saw Otley pinch the points, meaning they have won three, drawn three and lost three of their opening nine fixtures.
Field’s position at the top of the table is already looking imposing, as they beat Robin Hood Athletic 3-0 to stretch their lead to nine points, with Christopher Wood bagging a double.
Bardsey moved into second place via a humiliating 7-2 thrashing of Ripon City, who have conceded 53 goals in their opening 10 games.
Level on points with them are Oxenhope Recreation, who had Daniel Moriarty to thank, as his hat-trick guided them to to an entertaining 5-3 victory over Shelley, despite Oxenhope being down to ten men.
James Mountain was the match winner as Horbury Town narrowly beat Brighouse Old Boys, with Horbury edging the tie 1-0.
In the final fixtures of the weekend, both Beeston St. Anthony’s and Wetherby Athletic were 2-1 victors, against Hunslet Club and Knaresborough Town respectively.
There were three fixtures in Division One played on Saturday, and six goals scored in each of them.
Thornhill stayed in first place, thanks to a 4-2 away victory over Old Centraliens, who slipped to their sixth defeat in eight matches.
Liam Moore scored a hat-trick as Carlton Athletic kept the heat up on the league leaders with a 5-1 win against Kippax, with Andrew Payne and Joseph Tetley also finding the goal.
Swillington Saints are still searching for their first win of the season, despite goals from Jamie Davies, Jamie Scott and Danny Waite helping them to hold Whitkirk Wanderers to a 3-3 draw.
Normanton Woodhouse Hill’s Richard Kingsbury was in storming form in Division Two, as he smashed four goals past Great Preston.
Mark Beckett was also on the scoresheet for Normanton as they overcame Preston 5-3 to move to the top of the table.
Garforth Rangers slipped to second, after Hartshead beat them 2-1.
Jamie Wasley scored twice for the visiting side, who now sit third behind Garforth, having also played one game less.
Ossett Common Rovers won their first game of the season, moving clear of the group of four teams on one point in the process.
An Andrew Mills double was not enough to secure Kellingley Welfare the points, as Ossett beat them 3-2 away from home in a shock result that moves them ahead of Middleton Park, Fryston and Glasshoughton Welfare in the table.
Middleton Park found themselves on the wrong end of the result again, as they succumbed 3-1 to Yorkshire Amateur.
Elvuan Gerald scored a brace for Yorkshire Amateur, who are now sitting comfortably in mid-table.
Fryston were this week in cup action, and the fixture between Rothwell Town and Glasshoughton Welfare was postponed.
In the Alliance Division One, leaders Oxenhope Recreation Reserves’ 5-0 triumph over Ilkley Town Reserves was trumped by second-placed Beeston St. Anthony’s Reserves’ 9-0 thrashing of Aberford Albion Reserves.
Elsewhere, East End Park secured their first victory of the season, as they beat Robin Hood Athletic Reserves 3-1.
In Alliance Division Two, Ripon City Reserves maintained their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a 3-1 win against Horbury Town Reserves.
Baildon Trinity Athletic Reserves came agonizingly close to avoiding defeat for only the second time this season, losing 5-4 at home to Rothwell Town Reserves, and Pool Reserves thrashed Wyke Wanderers Reserves 5-0.