OLD Batelians were given false hope as their difficult season continued with Saturday’s 4-1 loss in a basement clash at North East Leeds in Senior A.
Jermaine Moyce gave Batelians a tenth-minute lead but an Andrew Pritchard hat-trick and a Ross Mackenley strike turned the game on its head to lift NEL off the bottom.
Batelians now prop up the division.
In the only other top flight game played, Huddersfield Amateur moved third after edging out eighth-placed visitors Leeds Medics and Dentists 4-3.
Medics led 2-0 at half-time thanks to a brace from in-form Niall Robinson who went on to bag a hat-trick.
But a stupendous volley from Sam Frankland changed the tie with a Sam Clark treble eventually giving Amateur a dramatic victory. Leeds Medics and Dentists Reserves fared better in Senior B as a 5-0 defeat of sixth-placed visitors Wigton Moor sent them top of the pile.
Doubles from Sverrir Kristinsson and Arnaldo Santos Silva plus a Patrick Knight strike leaves Medics a point clear of Stanningley Old Boys Reserves who edged out tenth-placed Thornesians 1-0 through Rob Nicholson’s strike.
Stanningley also have two games in hand.
Third-placed Farnley Sports had no game but Farsley Celtic Juniors moved fourth by seeing off visiting Rodillian 3-1.
Rodilian dropped to fifth despite a Stephen Osborne strike which counted for little in the face of a Craig Farrand hat-trick.
Elsewhere, Calverley United moved ninth with a 4-2 home success against eighth-placed Beeston Old Boys. Calverley’s in-form Scott Driscoll notched a stunning hat trick with the fourth goal bagged by the returning Gary Trewitt.
Ben Bradley and Joe Boylan consoled Beeston who at least remain nine points clear of rock-bottom St Bedes who were felled 3-1 at second-bottom Collingham Juniors Old Boys who bagged their first win of the campaign.
Two goals from Richard Metcalfe plus a Martin Weal strike opened up a four point gap back to Bedes for whom Gary Sunderland struck.
In Division One, unbeaten leaders Morley Town eased past Leeds Independent 5-1 with their task made easier by Indy having a player sent off after 20 minutes.
Two goals for Morley’s leading scorer Marc Haley plus one each from Dale Orange, Chris Pearson and sub Ben Holdsworth outnumbered the Gavin Hercules reply for bottom club independent.
Second in the table Beeston St Anthony’s travelled to struggling Collegians and hit the hosts for six without reply through a Luke Jones hat-trick supported by goals from Graham Stockdale, Sam Broadbent and Daniel Stead. Third-placed Alwoodley Reserves - who have two games in hand - enjoyed a 4-0 triumph at sixth-placed FC Tadcaster.
There was a change in the Division Two leadership with Almondburians going top after a 3-1 success over visiting Bainbridge who took an early lead through Asim Hussain.
Adam Lightowlers’ free-kick levelled matters with a Gary Lund penalty and a second from Lightowlers sending Almondburians into first. Former leaders Colton Institute were battered 7-0 at Beeston Old Boys Reserves who subsequently moved third.
Three strikes from Tom Bronski and two from Ryan Dawson were supported by a goal each from Karl Handley and Peter Wardenski. In the pick of other action, there was a Division Five goal-fest at Middleton Park Thirds who saw off Old Modernians 5ths 7-5.
Brad Noble fired in four for Park who also had two goals from James Mirzai to thank plus one from Luke Addinall one.
Signs of a first win for Mods came from a Andy Morris treble supported by strikes from Jimmy Rotheram and Neil Bennington.