Yorkshire Amateur League: Farrand in at double to secure cup for Farsley

Yokshire Amateur League Division Six action from Morley 3rds v Rothwell 3rds.
Yokshire Amateur League Division Six action from Morley 3rds v Rothwell 3rds.
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A double from Craig Farrand helped Farsley Celtic Juniors see off Stanningley Old Boys and lift the Terry Marflitt Cup.

Celtic raced into the lead through a looping header from Farrand before Shane Thompson rose highest to restore parity.

James Allen fired Stanningley ahead and it looked like it might be their day when Craig Farrand saw his spot-kick saved.

However, it was a defensive error that allowed Joe Firth to level the scores once more.

Farrand was then the hero for Farsley as his 25-yard effort took a slight deflection and it proved to be the decider.

Celtic also strengthened their chances of adding to their trophy haul as a 3-0 win away at Grangefield left them needing just one point to seal the Premier Division title.

Leading scorer Danny Lyons opened the scoring in the first half before Sam Bradley and Farrand rounded off a comfortable victory.

Second-placed Ealandians remain two points behind as they won 7-3 away at Stanningley to delay Celtic’s celebrations.

Four goals for Rob Gerrard helped Ealandians on their way with James Greenwood, Paul Friend and Glyn Haley also on target.

Jamie McGeorge, Joe Ward and Tom Stewart scored for Stanningley who were left empty handed and remain sixth.

Trinity wrapped up their season with a 5-0 defeat at home to Alwoodley.

Braces for Dan Whincup and Graham Shaw, coupled with a goal for Owen Smith handed Alwoodley all three points.

Trinity remain in the bottom three, six points off the relegation places and are not safe with Wigton Moor having three games in hand.

In the Championship, St Nicholas returned to the top after a 7-0 win away at Old Batelians.

Four goals for Ryan Brough, a double for Daniel Fuller and a strike from Tesfa Watson helped St Nicholas to what could be a vital three points in the race for the title.

However, the result means that Old Batelians are relegated with no realistic chances of improving their goal difference by the required margin in their final fixture.

Shire Academics are fourth after an 8-1 win over Stanningley Reserves, helped by a hat-trick for Jack Self. Alex Cookson (2), Matt Nicholson, Chris Godfrey and Jordan Waite were also on target for Academics. Leeds Medics Reserves are third after a 2-0 win at home to Alwoodley Reserves thanks to a double for Alan Salter.

In Division One, Drighlington are just one point off the title after a narrow win over Garforth Rangers, a first half goal for Brett Thompson proved the difference.

Already relegated Colton Athletic were beaten 5-1 by Wortley with Joe Hudson (2), Danny Purcell, Cody Doyle and Tom Bailey all on the scoresheet. Leeds Medics and Dentists III were 1-0 victors at home to St Bedes while Dewsbury Rangers moved above Rothwell Reserves after beating 4-2 away from home.

Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves moved level on points with second-placed Huddersfield YMCA in Division Two.

Farsley saw off Old Centralians 4-0 thanks to goals from Steve Wells (2), James Lowry and Danny Kemp. They remain third with goal difference keeping them out of the promotion places with leaders Gildersome Spurs just one point off the title.

Morley Town Reserves defeated Leeds Medics and Dentists 4ths 7-2. A hat-trick for Aidan Phillips, alongside goals for James Hawley (2), James Gough and Joe Wheelhouse helped Morley to a comfortable win. Medics remain in the bottom two and require maximum points from their final two games to move out of the relegation places.

In Division Three, Horsforth St Margarets have secured a top two finish courtesy of a 9-0 thrashing of Woodhouse Moor.

James McGurk (3), Aidan Gilligan (2), Nico McDonald (2), Gary Rowell and Will Harris were all on the scoresheet.

Woodhouse Moor are just two points off the relegation places after Thornesians Reserves were 5-4 winners at home to Leeds City.

Leeds City, still eyeing a top two finish, were 4-1 down at the break. Tich Chibi, Dec Redman and a hat-trick for Ryan Dobson keeps Thornesians’ hopes of avoiding drop alive. A hat-trick for Luke Aldrich, and a strike for Marc Ware, proved in vain for Leeds City. Things don’t get any easier for basement club Middleton Park who were on the end of a 8-3 defeat to Leeds Modernians who are eighth. Norristhorpe are fourth after beating Fairbank United 7-1.

In Division Four, Amaranth Reserves are back at the summit on goal difference after a 7-1 over Ealandians 3rds.

Morley Town 3rds were crowned Division Six champions following a 6-3 win against Rothwell 3rds thanks to a Richard Brown hat-trick.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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