Yorkshire Amateur: Farnley back to best after previous blip blots copybook

Yorkshire Amateur action from St Nicholas v Beeston Juniors.
Yorkshire Amateur action from St Nicholas v Beeston Juniors.
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After their first loss in over a year last weekend, Farnley Sports were back to their inimitable best in a 2-0 win against basement boys Rodillian at Lawns Lane.

A flowing passing move, with Andy Punter and Curt Lewis at its heart, ended with defensive midfielder Lewis giving his side an early lead.

Adam Butterworth showed great strength to fend off two challenges and double the advantage before half-time.

The Premier Division leaders didn’t have it all their own way in the second half despite coming closest through Punter, who struck the upright.

Thanks to this victory Farnley now have a lead at the top, but second-placed Ealandians kept it a slender one with a 5-0 thrashing of Trinity & All Saints COB.

The goals were shared around evenly, with Dene Heppenstall, Chris Parker, James Greenwood, Glynn Hayley and James Flower adding to a margin that was striking given Trinity’s felling of Farnley last time out.

The Terry Marflitt Trophy engages most Premier Division clubs next weekend, as Rodillian and Leeds Medics meet in the only league fixture.

Top spot in the Championship was taken by St Nicholas, who warded off a late surge from Beeston Juniors to win 2-1.

Goals from Ryan Brough and Mark Hill proved enough, although the hosts were made to work hard for their win when Beeston scored late on to make it a nervy final few minutes.

Thornesians sealed a stunning late victory, their first of the season, thanks in no small part to a stunning goalkeeping performance from Matt Varley.

Substitute Ryan Dobson scored in added time to snatch a 2-1 win, after Joe Cooke’s effort had been cancelled out by Alex Cookson.

Dewsbury Rangers delivered a performance of defensive fortitude and clinical finishing to win their third successive game and go second in Division One.

They inflicted a fifth straight defeat on pointless Colton Athletic 3-0 with goals from Bill Phethean, Michael Thompson and a late effort from Simon Westbury.

Calverley United crashed out of the Terry Marflitt Trophy at the first hurdle last week, but put this right with a 3-1 win in the league against Garfoth Rangers.

Tom Kitson netted twice in eight minutes in a first half they dominated, despite kicking up a pronounced slope.

Phil Clark pulled one back but substitute Thomas Atkins made sure with a stoppage-time strike.

Elsewhere, Rothwell Reserves, beset by off-field problems, beat St Bede’s 5-2.

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SANDAL WANDERERS climbed off the bottom of the table thanks to a 6-1 defeat of Old Batelians, with goals from Richard Green, Tom Shepherd, Tom Hart, Tom Jowett and Scott Cosgrove.

The victory came on an emotional day and formed a fitting tribute to club stalwart Jez Horsley, who passed away on the week of the game and was honoured with a minute’s silence.

Gildersome Sports are sweeping all before them in Division Two and made it five wins from five when they saw off struggling Old Centralians 7-3.

Mike Hall put in an individual performance of rare quality to score five goals, while James Wilby and James Bradd joined him on the scoresheet.

At the top, Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves maintained their 100 per cent record with a comfortable 5-2 win at fourth-placed Morley Reserves.

Meanwhile, a brace from Scott Lane saw Woodkirk Valley to a 3-1 victory against Old Collegians, who have now lost four of their last six games.

A stirring comeback and a second-half hat-trick from Rob Gerrard took Ealandians Reserves to the top of Division Three at the expense of third-place pretenders Fairbank United.

Fairbank took a seemingly unassailable lead through Zeeshan Khan, who issued a cute finish, and Hassan Iqbal with a stunning free-kick.

The visiting Ealandians refused to lie down and die and Gerrard eventually levelled terms with a diving header, before stroking home the winner with five minutes to play.

Horsforth St Margaret’s Sunday saw off lowly Thornesians Reserves, who they beat 5-0 including a treble from Jake Williams.

Division Four league top scorer Alistair Lewis took his tally to 15 in five games with another two in Leeds City’s 4-1 win over Farnley Reserves.

In Division Five there were big wins for East Ardsley Wanderers and Dewsbury Rangers, while Shire Academics and Huddersfield Amateur drew.

The bottom tier saw victories for Norristhorpe Reserves, Leeds Modernians Reserves, Old Batelians III and Old Centralians Reserves.

Terry Marflitt Trophy first-round action between St Nicholas and Gildersome Spurs OB. PIC: Steve Riding

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