Yorkshire Amateur: Seven-up Farnley tie up league’s top spot

Farnley Sports celebrate their Yorkshire Amateur Championship success.
Farnley Sports celebrate their Yorkshire Amateur Championship success.
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FARNLEY Sports sealed the Yorkshire Amateur League Championship title as Saturday’s 7-2 defeat of visiting Old Batelians made it an amazing 17 wins out of 17 games.

Sports faced a fifth-placed Batelians line up that included Rob Bordman after his rescue work in securing the place of Nostell Miners Welfare in the Northern Counties East Premier Division.

Bordman struck with a first-half free kick but his goal and a second-half Nigel Collins effort proved mere consolations against Sports braces from Danny Sharpe and Barrie Danby plus goals from Adam Butterworth, Tom Beardhow and Ashley Crookes.

Rodilian lead the race for second after strikes from Jack Kanyama and Luke Playford sealed a 2-0 success at home to Beeston St Anthony’s.

Bottom club Old Modernians handed themselves a lifeline in their relegation battle with a 3-0 triumph at third-bottom Thornesians. Reece Omidiran, Chris O’Reilly and Johnny Hicks all struck for the visitors who have four games left to save their skins. Modernians will have been unhappy to then that second-bottom Calverley United had obliged 2-1 at mid-table Morley Town.

Morley led after just five minutes when Shane Sowden tapped home from a Danny Makin long throw but Ben Binns equalised soon after and Will Hardaker went on to get the winner.

In the Premier Division, leaders Farsley Celtic Juniors emphatically signalled their Premier Division title intent with Saturday’s 15-0 blitzing of basement boys visitors FC Headingley. Left back Luke Kitson crashed in a four timer for Celtic, supported by hat-tricks from Craig Farrand and Luke Gordon plus braces from Ben Cook and Andy Cooper and a John Mallinson strike. But third-placed Ealandians remain unbeaten after a tense 1-0 success at home to fifth-placed Grangefield Old Boys for whom any title bid as ended.

Ealandians nicked a 93rd minute after a corner was flicked on to Glyn Haley who slotted home but the hosts were indebted to some quality defending from Rob Gerrard, Matty Parker and Dom Gomersal.

Leeds Medics & Dentists are out of the title equation but moved fourth with a 4-0 triumph at Stanningley Old Boys.

Shield finalists Stanningley gave a lack lustre display and were undone by braces from Sammy Bzeu and the in-form Brad Chambers.

Division One was lit up by a 6-6 draw between 10th placed hosts Grangefield Res and fifth-placed Colton who have now finished their campaign. Keeper Ross Monaghan notched two penalties for Grangefield who were also on target through Dan Cuff (twice), Glen Austwick and Darren Dodsworth. Chris Hick, Matt Beard and Sean Kerrigan netted three, two and one for Colton.

Elsewhere, Horsforth Reserves were crowned champions of Division Five without even playing as Churwell Reserves crashed 8-2 at a Leeds City Old Boys Reserves side up to second. Michael Carroll and Thomas Doyle struck for Churwell who were blitzed by Mark Ferguson’s five-timer plus strikes from Alistair Lewis, Thomas Coxon and Gary Bosworth. Centralians clinched promotion from Division Three after a 2-0 victory at Almondburians Reserves as David Allanson and Rob Smith struck.

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RODILIAN FC boss Paul Borrmann has set his sights on immediate elevation to the Premier Division with the manager hoping his improving side can emulate Farsley Celtic Juniors.

Championship new boys Rodilian strengthened their chances of achieving back to back promotions with Saturday’s 2-0 success at home to Beeston St Anthony’s.

And while Borrmann admits his men are already ahead of schedule with their progress, the manager now wants to cash in on an immediate chance to join the Premier and eventually challenge another new sensation and probable champions-elect Farsley Celtic Juniors, who are also newly-promoted.

Borrmann told the YEP: “At the beginning of the season the club chairman set me the aim of cementing the first team in the Championship in year one and then to build in the coming seasons with the aim to be challenging for promotion in the next three years.

“We hit the ground running and got points on the board early and now we are looking to finish strongly with the aim of securing promotion to the Premiership.

“If we achieve promotion I would aim to cement the club in the league with our first season and build for the following season.

“We did play Farsley Celtic Juniors in a pre season friendly and drew 1-1 away.

“They are now leading the Premiership so we will hope to push up the table in a similar way in seasons to come. We have now formed an official link with Wakefield Juniors (U4s-U17s) to produce a conveyor belt of talent for the U-21s and three senior teams.

“From seeing the boys play we are very much looking forward to harvesting the new crop of talent when they are ready as there are some very exciting players coming through the ranks.”

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