Yorkshire Amateur League: Spurs’ status at summit is stronger than ever

Match action: Grant Jackson shoots for  Grangefield (SR1003/25c). PIC: Steve Riding

Match action: Grant Jackson shoots for Grangefield (SR1003/25c). PIC: Steve Riding

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Gildersome Spurs Old Boys further enhanced their status as Senior A title favourites with a comfortable 3-0 win over fellow challengers Ealandians, writes Forrest Hamilton.

Matt Jackson scored twice in the opening 15 minutes to set Spurs on their way and Ben Keedy netted the third with 20 minutes to go as Spurs maintained their three-point gap at the top.

Leeds Medics kept their faint title hopes alive as they came from a goal down to defeat struggling Stanningley Old Boys 2-1.

James Allen headed the opener for Stanningley early on and held their lead until the break. Alex Monks made amends for an earlier penalty miss as he netted the equaliser and with 70 minutes gone Brad Chambers sunk Stanningley with the winning goal.

Trinity Old Boys secured an important 4-0 victory over hapless Old Batelians as they eased away from the relegation battle at the bottom.

Stevie Travers hit a brace whilst Rob Pearson and Adam Kenyon were also on target for Trinity, who could have scored even more were it not for the impressive Batelians keeper Mike Smith.

Alwoodley took the lead three times but were eventually beaten by Grangefield Old Boys 4-3 in an entertaining clash.

Michael Rawson, Guy Cole and Graham Shaw all scored in the first half, with Nick Smith and Andy Kenyon hitting back for Grangefield. In the second half, Kenyon netted again and Rhys Moore also struck for Grangefield as they secured a vital win in their hunt for the title.

North East Leeds missed out on the chance to escape the bottom two and overtake Old Modernians as Mods eased to a 4-1 win.

Ben Wilson scored twice and Si Lewis also found the net for Mods, whilst North East Leeds’ consolation was scored by Kev Westerman.

FC Headingley eased to a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Amateur, who missed out on the chance to go level on points with leaders Gildersome Spurs, Merlyn Andrews bagged a brace and Grant Hall struck once for Headingley.

Calverley United continued their fantastic Senior B run, winning their fourth straight game, as they beat Rodillian 4-1.

Scott Driscoll bagged a brace, and also missed a penalty, with Kieran Kenneally and Adam Boyce netting the other goals, Craig Smith struck Rodillian’s consolation.

Farnley Sports remain in the promotion hunt after they beat fellow challengers Wigton Moor 4-2.

Farnley skipper Adam Butterworth was in inspired form as he struck two goals in each half to sink Moor, who scored both of their goals through Danny Lyons.

The bottom two teams, St. Bedes and Collingham Juniors, played out an entertaining 2-2 draw when both could really have done with a win.

Mark Pieri put Collingham ahead before the interval but Bedes grew in stature after the break and went ahead through Kyle McGinnis and Lee Cornforth. Bedes appeared to have the game in the bag and should have won but for conceding a needless penalty, which was converted by Matt Gouland.

Shire Academics followed up their impressive win over Stanningley OB Reserves last week by holding leaders Farsley Celtic Juniors to a 0-0 draw.

Shire were organised and disciplined throughout, as Farsley were denied time and space, only sporadically forcing Shire keeper Jordan Wright into action.

In the Hancock Cup, Stanningley Old Boys Reserves reached the semi-final with a 4-0 win over Division Two Grangefield Old Boys Reserves.

Jack Kitson hit a hat-trick for Stanningley with an own goal completing the scoring as they made their quality tell against their lower tier rivals, they will now play Morley Town AFC Reserves in the semi-final.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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