YORKSHIRE AMATEUR LEAGUE: Moon shines as Gildersome strengthen grip on crown

Match action from Churwell Lions v Old Mods IV. PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from Churwell Lions v Old Mods IV. PIC: Steve Riding
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champions Gildersome Spurs Old Boys strengthened their Senior A title bid with Saturday’s 4-1 success at home to FC Headingley.

The victory propelled Gildersome to fourth – still three points off top spot but with three games in hand.

In one of only three league games to survive the wet weather, Spurs kicked into the wind in the first half and went ahead after ten minutes.

A beautiful three-man move involving Matt Jackson, Matty Moon and Lee Thrush ended with a pull-back into the path of Moon who made no mistake.

And it was a case of the same again a 10 minutes later when a four-man move was finished by Thrush.

The hosts took their 2-0 lead into the interval but fifth-placed Headingley posing problems after the break.

But it was Spurs who bagged the game’s third goal with Matt Jackson finishing off a goal-bound Max Elliott header.

Gildersome’s fourth goal was all about Moon who found the net from some 25 yards with the FC Headingley keeper gasping for air.

Spurs were also on course for their first cleansheet of the campaign but in the dying embers of the game man of the match defender Dave Dennison sliced a cross into his own net.

Spurs central defender Mark Bedford also shone throughout.

Gildersome’s Reserves were also celebrating on Saturday after moving fifth in Division One with a 1-0 victory at Old Earth against Huddersfield Amateur Reserves.

The game earlier in the year between the two sides ended at two goals apiece with Spurs now leapfrogging Huddersfield who drop to eighth.

After a goalless and windy first half, Spurs made the breakthrough after 55 minutes.

Adam Cater was played in behind the defence in an inside left position and cut back inside to hit a strong shot past the Huddersfield keeper Adam Mellor who then made two superb saves to keep the hosts in the game.

After three successive victories, the form of Amateur dipped except for the final 15 minutes when they fluffed two good scoring opportunities.

But it was too little with Spurs going home victorious and their Johnny Kitchen taking the man of the match award.

Elsewhere, Churwell Lions went back to the top of Division Four after a 4-0 success at home to Old Modernians 4ths.

The triumph was all about a convincing second-half performance that followed a goalless first 45 minutes. The first half was even with both teams playing well but both missed two good goal scoring opportunities.

Churwell needed to settle and Ash Oates banged home the first goal around the 50 minute mark for his 18th goal for the campaign.

This eased Churwell nerves and they went on to deliver an excellent exhibition of passing football with the honours for the day going to Joe Hill with his hat-trick to make it 11 goals this season. The Mods goalkeeper had a superb second half and, to his credit, kept the score down to only 4-0.

Mods IV remain sixth in the table despite their third successive defeat.

Success for Churwell made it five games without defeat for a Lions side who are a point ahead of second-placed and unbeaten Cents Reserves with Cents Res having a game in hand.

The two teams meet next weekend for the first time this season at Cents who were represented at the game with their spy making notes ahead of the match next weekend.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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