Yorkshire Amateur League: Lions rock Mods with shoot-out success

Action from Rothwell FC v Leeds Medics. PIC: Simon Hulme
Action from Rothwell FC v Leeds Medics. PIC: Simon Hulme
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DIVISION THree leaders Churwell Lions caused the shock of the first round in the Terry Marflitt Trophy as Division One visitors Old Modernians were dumped out 6-5 on penalties.

Tom Stenger, Ben Clapham and James Douglas all netted for Mods but the Lions refused to lie down and forced a 3-3 draw through an Ash Oates double and Steve Greenwood strike. Churwell’s Luke Danby, Mark Raimond, Spencer Horsfall, Josh Townend, Andy Megson and Kieron Worthey – who bagged the winner – then all netted in the shoot-out.

Churwell will now host Premier Division giants Alwoodley who eased past fellow top flight visitors Trinity Old Boys 4-0. Adam Bond’s 20th-minute penalty set the tone before goals from Graham Shaw, Rob Oxley and Nathan Clarke.

The Premier Division’s second-placed side Ealandians pummelled visiting North East Leeds 9-1.

Jacob Driver bagged a hat-trick with strikes from Glynn Haley, Dene Heppenstall, James Parkinson, Chris Marsh, Chris Parker and an own goal booking a hosting of Division Three side Norristhorpe.

Norristhorpe benefited from Premier League strugglers FC Headingley playing their reserve side in an easy 7-1 away win. Don Gannon’s four-timer was supported by strikes from Paul Pearson, Liam Griffiths and Jak Oldroyd.

Farnley Sports saw off visiting Championship promotion rivals 3-0.

Danny Sharpe’s strike made it 1-0 at the break with the lead doubled when a pin point cross from Dave Walker found Barrie Danby loitering at the far post to head home. Matty Wilson slotted home a third to book a date at Woodkirk Valley who eventually overcame divisional rivals Huddersfield YMCA 4-3. Two-goal Christy Wood, Marcus Benstead and James Fawcett netted for Woodkirk but a Frank Odion brace and James Hodgson strike failing to save YMCA.

Sandal Wanderers trailed 3-1 at Division One rivals Garforth Rangers before winning 5-3. A second round home tie with Premier Division side Stanningley Old Boys is the reward for Wanderers for whom Karl Abbott hit three with Mike Brennan and Danny Mills adding one each. Scott Harding’s hat-trick for Garforth went unrewarded.

Stanningley defeated Premier colleagues Wigton Moor 5-2 through a John Mallinson treble, a Jamie McGeorge strike and a Jimmy Halliday overhead kick.

Winless Division Two side Methley United caused a minor upset at mid-table Division One outfit Gildersome Spurs Old Boys who were beaten 3-2. Two goals from Will Harrison and one from Jamie Green sent Methley through in the face of Spurs strikes from Conor Firth and James Wilby. Spurs led 2-1 at the break but Methley will now visit Medics & Dentists who romped in 6-1 at Rothwell. Braces from Alex Monk and Niall Robinson plus goals from Brad Chambers and Dave Emms sealed the way win with Joshua Ide netting for Rothwell.

Division Three side Heckmondwike GSOB claimed their second Division Two scalp of the competition by defeating Amaranth Crossgates 5-3 to book a home tie with Premier leaders Huddersfield Amateur.

Two-goal Dale Hanson, Patrick Davis, William Crabtree and Scott Molloy were the Heckmondwike sharpshooters with 17-year-olds Isaac Collier, Scott Plunkett and Sam Clayton grabbing the Amaranth goals. Hosts Huddersfield Amateur edged past Championship high-flyers Morley Town 3-1 with goals from Sam Frankland, Sam Le Gros Clark and Sam Frankland. Matthew Ibbotson’s goal gave Morley hope.

Division Two side Wortley’s run was ended at Leeds Independent for whom Dale Howland and Gav Hercules braces supported strikes from Mark Wright and a 45-yard special from James Smithen. Shane Thompson –with a brace – and Alex McNichol struck for Wortley.

Farsley Celtic Juniors will play the winners of Bainbridge and Grangefield after defeating Thornesians 4-2 with goals from Luke Kitson, Liam Cannan, Ben Cook and Tom Ormanroyd.

Goals from Steve Walton and Joe Cook kept Thornesians’ hopes alive.

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