Yorkshire Amateur League: Morley’s league form isn’t enough to save cup dream

Morley Town of Division 6 of the Yorkshire Amateur League, who have not dropped a point so far this season. 'Back from left, Gary Reed, manager, Danny Robinson ,Eamon Tweede, Ryan O'Sonnell, Matthew Grossi, Daniel Richardson, Chris Smith, Noel Bullock, secretary.'Front from left, Jason Helm, Mod Phanson, Michael Emsley, Neil Gordon, Richard Brown, Callum Foxton.
Morley Town of Division 6 of the Yorkshire Amateur League, who have not dropped a point so far this season. 'Back from left, Gary Reed, manager, Danny Robinson ,Eamon Tweede, Ryan O'Sonnell, Matthew Grossi, Daniel Richardson, Chris Smith, Noel Bullock, secretary.'Front from left, Jason Helm, Mod Phanson, Michael Emsley, Neil Gordon, Richard Brown, Callum Foxton.
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Morley Town AFC III were unable to follow up their cup upset in the previous round of the Wheatley Cup as Woodkirk Valley beat them 2-0.

While Town have not dropped a point in the league, Valley put in a disciplined display to ensure victory.

Neil Garrett and Chris McGuire scored Valley’s two goals to progress to the third round of the competition.

Elsewhere in the competition, Wheelwright fell to a 3-1 defeat against FC Gawthorpe, with Daz Fothergill scoring the consolation. Drighlington Reserves suffered a 6-0 hammering at the hands of Littletown.

The County Cup second round saw Wortley beat Bingley Juniors Reserves 4-0, primarily thanks to Tom Bailey’s excellent display of goalscoring prowess, bagging all four goals himself.

Grangefield OB lost 3-2 against Headingley Reserves, although they initially led the match by two goals. Jack Hill scored both of theirs.

The Wharfedale Cup saw Horsforth St Margaret’s lose 5-0 in the quarter-finals to Otley Town.

Their reserve side also exited at the same stage, defeated 6-0 by County Amateur League side Route One Rovers.

In the Leeds District Cup third round, Amaranth Reserves edged out Leeds Medics IV 3-2.

Amaranth fought back after initially falling behind, with John Dolan bagging a brace and Danny Cullen hitting home a solitary strike.

Alwoodley Reserves eased to a 6-0 win against North Leeds.

Both Connor Hendrickson and Guy Cole scored two, while Carl Hasty and Riccardo Picano added one each.

Championship leaders St Nicholas had to work hard to break down a resilient Rodillian Reserves rearguard.

But Saints ensured that a 1-0 lead at half-time eventually stretched to a 5-0 victory against their lower league opposition.

Johnny Daniels scored a hat-trick, added to by one goal each from Abdelaziz Kara and Derek Ross.

Leeds City OB III defeated their sister club Leeds City Reserves 7-0.

Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves also went up against their third team, with the Reserves winning 3-1.

Danny Walker, Luke Jones and Paul McMullen won the tie for the Reserves.

Stanningley OB Reserves beat Hunslet Club Reserves 2-0 thanks to goals from Ross MCGowan and Matt Wilson.

Ealandians also represented the league proudly, defeating Halifax and District League leaders Calder 76 5-0 away from home.

In the Leeds Senior Cup, the clash between Alwoodley and Whitkirk could only be decided by a penalty shoot-out, Whitkirk winning 6-5 on spot kicks.

Alwoodley held the lead three times but were thwarted in the last 20 seconds of the game by a speculative effort from Eric Seed. The tie therefore finished 3-3.

Graham Shaw opened the scoring for Alwoodley, but they were pegged back by an unmarked Matt Powell from the edge of the area.

Whitkirk then turned the ball into the back of their own net after a Dino Mulavdic cross in the 54th minute.

However, they drew level again through Colin Copley in the 80th minute, who dribbled around a frozen defence to level the scores.

Shaw then put Alwoodley in the lead again, but Seed’s equaliser sent the tie to penalties.

All 14 spot kicks taken were on target, but Whitkirk’s stopper saved two while Alwoodley’s could only stop one, giving Whitkirk the victory.

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Leeds Medics climbed to the top of the Premier Division with an 8-3 win against Wigton Moor.

Sammy Bzeu, Alex Monks, Sam Hinchcliffe and Adam Jones scored one each, although special mention must go to Jack Seccombe, who struck a quartet of goals.

Tom Siddons and Leroy Watson were on the scoresheet for Wigton.

Trinity OB scored with their one meaningful shot of the game as they beat Stanningley OB 1-0.

Ross Hamilton struck home to send Trinity up to seventh in the league.

In the Championship, Shire finally received a just reward for their intricate playing style, outplaying Morley Town AFC to beat them 8-2.

Mark Freeman scored a hat-trick, while there were braces for Chris Wilson and Tyler Baker. Alex Cookson added another to ease Shire out of the bottom two.

Marc Haley and Dale Orange scored for Morley.

Leeds Medics and Dentists Reserves travelled to bottom side Leeds Independent and beat them 5-2, despite a good display from the hosts.

Sverrirr Kristinsson, Kieran Wardman, Alan Salter and James Craig scored for Medics, Kristinsson twice, while Gav Hercules and Dave Pemberton struck for Indy.

Collingham Juniors OB and Thornesians played out a 1-1 draw, Richard Gouland putting Collingham ahead before Nick Bowen converted a penalty.

The only game in Division One saw Rothwell move up to fifth with a 7-3 victory at basement side Colton Athletic.

Rothwell’s goalscorers were Liam Connelly, Dave Schofield, George Walker, Reece Socket and Danny Smith, the winners having led 4-0 at half-time.

Ben Vickers scored for Athletic.

The pick of the Division Two action saw Churwell Lions draw 3-3 against Sandal Wanderers. Tom Hart, Chris Earle and Scot Cosgrove scored as Sandal fought back after an early penalty from Churwell.

Leeds City OB climbed up to fifth in Division Three with a 3-1 win against Ealandians Reserves, Alex Miller, Marc Ware and Dominic Taylor scoring for the visitors.

Roy Stammer gets a shot away for Real Moor in their 7-2 away win over Leeds and District FA Senior Challenge Cup hosts
 Beeston Juniors FC. PIC: Steve Riding

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