PHIL BRYANT bagged an amazing eight-goal haul for the second time in four seasons as Old Batelians Reserves blitzed Middleton Park in an amazing contest that finished 21-2.
Saturday’s Division Two encounter was complete one-way traffic but the 23-goal tally fell one short of the 24 instigated by Batelians 3rds when they hammered Shadwell Old Boys 4ths 21-2 in 2010-11.
Remarkably, Bryant bagged another eight-haul during that season in a third-team encounter and he added that his biggest regret on Saturday was being unable to notch a hat-trick of hat-tricks.
Nevertheless, his eight-goal package was backed by a four-timer from Joe Lyttle, a hat-trick from Jamie Smith and a double from Gaz Foley plus a goal each from Adam Blackburn, Luke Adams, Jim Burnett and David Thompson.
Farsley Celtic Juniors also hit double figures in Division Three with a 13-0 romp at FC Headingley Reserves. Debutant Steve Wells, after his move from Calverley, netted a half dozen, supported by a nap hand for Alex Gyte and a brace from James Kasher.
In the Premier, second-placed Farsley Celtic Juniors 1sts continued their chase of leaders Huddersfield Amateur with a 7-1 hammering of third-placed visitors Grangefield Old Boys. Craig Farrand’s penalty set the ball rolling for Celtic, followed by doubles from John Mallinson, Andrew Cooper and sub Ben Cook with Andy Kenyon grabbing the Grangefield consolation.
Leaders Huddersfield Amateur completed the double over fifth-placed Trinity Old Boys with a 3-1 away win, secured through a Chris Dennison double and Jacob Travis strike. John Brown notched for Trinity. With games in hand, fourth-placed Ealandians remain unbeaten but they dropped their first points of the season after being held to a 2-2 draw by mid-table visitors Alwoodley. Graham Shaw – from the penalty spot – and Adam Bond struck for Alwoodley but a James Parkinson spot kick and a Rob Gerrard strike gave Ealandians a share of the spoils.
Second-bottom Rothwell chinned basement club visitors FC Headingley 5-4. James Kitson’s four-goal haul for Rothwell took him to the top of the scoring charts with a Ryan Austin strike also crucial. Merlyn Andrews struck twice for Headingley whose John Forrest and Matt Raw added one each.
Third-bottom Wigton Moor ended their winless run with a 3-1 win at home to fourth-bottom Stanningley Old Boys thanks to a Danny Lyons hat-trick. Mark Wilson hit the Stanningley reply.
Leeds Medics and Dentists were on quarter-final Marflitt Trophy duty and eased past hosts Amaranth Crossgates 6-0.
A Niall Robinson four-timer plus goals from Brad Chambers and Amir Ameen booked a semi-final date with Alwoodley.
Championship leaders Farnley Sports made it 11 wins out of 11 with a 4-1 triumph at fifth-placed Old Batelians.
Farnley super sub and assistant manager Scott Horner blasted home the fourth for Sports after earlier strikes from Carl Manning, Shane Gaunt and Danny Sharp. Stu Otway struck for Batelians as a feisty affair ended 10-a-side.
Second-placed Beeston Old Boys went in 2-1 at bottom club Calverley United with a Carlton Binks double, either side of a Kev Brown leveller.
Third-placed Rodillian were held to a 2-2 draw at Morley Town AFC who led 2-0 through Dan Makin and Jon Wilmshurst. After Luke Playford’s strike, Jack Kanyama’s 88th-minute intervention sealed a share of the spoils.