Yorkshire Amateur League: Fightback spurs Gildersome on for tilt at title

Match action from East Ardsley Wanderers v Middleton Park Reserves (SR1003/11a). PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from East Ardsley Wanderers v Middleton Park Reserves (SR1003/11a). PIC: Steve Riding
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Gildersome Spurs Old Boys secured a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory against fellow Senior A title challengers Huddersfield Amateur to assert themselves as favourites, writes Forrest Hamilton.

Joe Simmons and Sam Frankland put Amateur 2-0 ahead at half-time but Spurs recovered from their disappointing first half display as Matty Jackson, Lee Thrush and Steve Wales all netted for the reigning champions.

The result sees Amateur concede top spot to Spurs and it will take some effort from the chasing pack to halt Spurs’ inexorable march to another title.

Leeds Medics and Dentists continued their fine run of form as they dispatched relegation strugglers Old Modernians with ease in a 5-1 win.

Mods took the lead in the third minute through Si Lewis, but it was one way traffic thereafter as Medics asserted themselves.

Colm Hicks bagged a brace whilst Brad Chambers, Alex Monks and Dave Emms also got on the scoresheet as Medics recorded their fifth straight win.

Trinity Old Boys and Stanningley had to content themselves with a point apiece after they played out an entertaining 4-4 draw.

Trinity raced into a 3-1 lead through hat-trick hero Andy Morris before Stanningley hit back to lead 4-3, but in what is becoming an unwelcome trend this season, they could not hold on for the win as Trinity levelled late on.

Steve Travers netted the other goal for Trinity whilst Gary Allen, Steve Tierney and Brad Burrow with a brace were on target for Stanningley.

In the Marflitt Trophy, Senior A strugglers North East Leeds mustered a stunning recovery to beat Senior B cup specialists Beeston Old Boys 6-4.

North East Leeds looked dead and buried after 47 minutes as Beeston went 3-1 ahead with Leeds also reduced to ten men.

Andrew Pritchard and Paul Hurrell were the heroes for Leeds as they both hit braces whilst Andy Todd and Richard Dunbar also netted to complete a stunning comeback which rendered George Lazaro’s hat-trick and Karl Handley’s solitary strike immaterial.

There was little to choose between Senior B leaders Farsley Celtic Juniors and Farnley Sports despite the former extending their lead at the top with a 2-1 win. The deadlock was eventually broken by Farsley in the 60th minute through Craig Farrand, Farnley drew level almost immediately with Adam Horner netting, but Farsley had the final say when Ryan Collett headed home a 75th minute winner.

Leeds Medics Reserves remain in the title hunt after they edged past a resilient Rodillian side 2-1.

Rodillian held out until the 65th minute Alex Howard netted for Medics, Patrick Knight added the second shortly afterwards with Dan Whincup scoring a consolation ten minutes from time.

St Bedes moved off the bottom of the table with a vital 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Thornesians.

Kyle McGinnis and man of the match James Gilmartin netted either side of half-time to put Spurs 2-0 up.

Substitute Nick Bowen reduced the arrears late on but St. Bedes held on to secure a much needed win.

Shire Academics secured a 3-1 win over title hopefuls Stanningley Old Boys Reserves to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Stanningley led at half-time but a rousing Academics performance in the second half secured all three points.

Luke Croager netted twice for Shire with Chris Beckett striking between his two strikes.

The standout fixture this coming weekend is in Senior A with leaders Gildersome Spurs Old Boys away at third-placed Ealandians.

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