Leeds City lost ground on the top of the West Yorkshire Premier Division this week, as they lost 3-2 to Bardsey on Saturday, despite their opposition being reduced to 10 men, writes ANDY DONLEY.
Graeme Bingley saw red for the hosts, but goals from Stephen Mallory, Michael Mills and John Swift helped Bardsey move into second in the table.
City are now 15 points behind table-toppers Field, who continued their effortless early season progress this weekend.
Brighouse Old Boys were the team unlucky enough to find Field in full flow this week, as the imperious league leaders triumphed 7-0, their tenth win in their opening 12 fixtures.
Ruthless Daniel Cunningham scored another hat-trick for Field, as they moved onto 51 goals for the season, whilst at the other end they have only conceded eight.
Knaresborough Town were also 7-0 victors this weekend, as they put bottom-placed East End Park to the sword, consigning the visitors to their eighth defeat in nine.
Est End Park’s fellow strugglers Boroughbridge also tasted defeat, in a match remarkable for the fact that all four of the players who found the back of the net notched braces.
Horbury Town’s Alex Ferguson, Luke Griffiths and James Mountain all scored twice to secure their side a 6-2 victory, with Ross Mardon scoring a pair of late consolations for Bridge, who are only three points clear of the bottom of the table.
Ripon City are the only other side yet to reach double figures in points, and they were also beaten this week, 3-1 at Hunslet Club.
Hunslet’s David Pickering had a mixed afternoon, scoring a goal before being sent for an early bath, but a Jonathon Grayston brace was enough to earn the home side all three points.
Oxenhope Recreation have moved up to third place in the table courtesy of a 4-2 victory over Otley Town.
Michael Garnett scored two, with Thomas Marshall and Leon Smith also on the score-sheet for Oxenhope, who are level on points with Bardsey, nine behind runaway leaders Field.
Beeston St Anthony’s are perhaps the only team who can move to within touching distance of Field without them suffering an extreme loss of form.
Beeston have played three games less than Field after their match against Wetherby Athletic was abandoned, and could move to within four points of the leaders with three victories.
In Division One, leaders Thornhill were held to a shock 3-3 draw by struggling Aberford Albion, with the visitors avoiding defeat for only the second time this season.
Scott Hargreaves, Joseph Rhodes and Anees Younis all scored for Thornhill, but it was not enough to earn the hosts three points, and they are now reliant on their rivals losing games in hand in order to stay in first position.
Carlton Athletic turned the pressure up on Thornhill with an impressive 4-0 victory away to fellow promotion hopefuls Ilkley Town, whilst Pool moved into fourth with a 2-0 win against early pacesetters Wyke Wanderers.
Liam Bishop’s brace was not enough to earn bottom-placed Altofts any of the points, as they lost out in a 5-3 thriller to Howden Clough.
The result was only Clough’s second victory of the season, and their first in five games, and Stuart Carr to thank after his double helped them to outscore Altofts in an entertaining tie.
Elsewhere in the second tier, Kyle Pearson’s strike was not enough to prevent Featherstone Colliery from succumbing to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Kippax.
Stanley United and Old Centralians shared a 2-2 draw, with Adam Jewson coming off the bench to earn Wakefield outfit Stanley a point.
In the final fixture of the week, Ben Turner’s solitary goal proved to be the match-winner, as his side Old Modernians overcame cross-city rivals Headingley AFC 1-0 away from home to take the derby spoils.