Yorkshire Amateur League: Saints’ slow march picks up pace after rare outing

Horsforth St Margaret's goalscorers Dan Smart , Jake Williams and James McGurk from a 3-2 win at Leeds City OB.
Horsforth St Margaret's goalscorers Dan Smart , Jake Williams and James McGurk from a 3-2 win at Leeds City OB.
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HORFSORTH ST MARGARET’S Saturday finally fulfilled a fifth league game of the season and just their second since October with the weekend’s 3-2 triumph at Leeds City Old Boys in Division Three.

Horsforth had played just one league game since the 5-0 defeat of Thornesians Reserves on October 17 but kept their strong start going with Saturday’s victory despite being 1-0 down at he break to the first part of a Luke Aldrich double.

But strikes from James McGurk, Daniel Smart and Jake Williams eventually recorded a fourth league win from five games for Horsforth who bagged their winner with two minutes to go.

Kippax Athletic also returned from an interminable lay-off to move top of the division with a 4-1 success at fourth-bottom FC Headingley for whom Jeremy Ambrose was back in action after his broken arm.

Kippax set a hot pace and were 3-0 up at the interval and added a fourth soon after half-time with two goals from Josh Findlay plus one each from Danny Hall and Liam Gill making it a perfect seven wins out of seven.

Headingley’s consolation came from the spot through James Bagan after James Loureiro committed an offence in the box.

Just one game survived in Division Two with fourth-placed Huddersfield YMCA defeating second-placed Gildersome Spurs Old Boys 3-0 at a game switched to the 3G pitch at Bruntcliffe School.

YMCA led 2-0 at the interval thanks to Adam Heath and Luke Peach with Johnny Briggs adding a third goal in the second half.

The fourth and final surviving league game came in Division Five where Drighlington Reserves moved fifth after a 2-1 triumph at leaders Huddersfield Amateur who were suffering only their second league loss of the campaign.

The ‘law of the ex’ took a different turn when Huddersfield took the lead as one of their former players Chris Roy shanked his attempted clearance straight into his own net after Amateur had a shot that rebounded off the Drighlington keeper Tom Farrar.

In the second half Drig drew level with a drive from the edge of the box into the bottom-right corner from Jordan Brereton and with 10 minutes to go took the lead when Ben Bedford pulled a diagonal ball down with one touch and volleyed into the top corner with his second touch.

Amateur had a couple of chances to equalise late in the game but lacked a cutting edge and were denied by Drighlington whose man of the match was ’keeper Tom Farrar.