knaresborough TOWN caused an opening-day upset as the new West Yorkshire League season began with a 4-2 home defeat for reigning champions Carlton Athletic, writes LEE SOBOT.
Carlton streaked to the Premier Division title by finishing 23 points ahead of Leeds City last season but Athletic saw Andrew Payne sent off upon their first game in defending their crown. Strikes from Josh Garbutt, Colin Heath and an own goal helped Boro to a notable first-weekend success after finishing last season in 11th. Nathan Kemp and Liam Moore netted for Carlton, who next visit Robin Hood Athletic tonight.
Leeds City began with a 1-0 success at home to Hunslet Club but Beeston St Anthony’s are the early frontrunners after walloping visiting Pool 6-2. Sean Jeavons cracked in a hat-trick, supported by a Samuel Morrell brace and a Joe Wood strike. Josh Wagstaff and Josh Waite consoled Pool, who had Scott Firth sent off.
Ikley Town began with a 4-0 win at home to Hall Green United, who had Ben Dyson dismissed. Goals from Ashley Burton and Andrew Wood gave Hartshead a 2-0 triumph against visiting Robin Hood Athletic while Sherburn White Rose upset visiting Field 2-1 thanks to a Danny Middleton brace, despite seeing Lee Jones red carded.
Headingley also began with three points as a solitary Ashley Austin strike downed visiting Huddersfield Amateur 1-0.
The final team to begin with a victory were Horbury Town for whom Gibril Bojang netted to sink visiting Shelley 1-0.
East End Park grabbed the opening-day headlines in Division One with a 7-1 romp at Brighouse Old Boys. Adam Tunnicliffe’s brace for the visitors was supported by goals from Liam Clark, Luke Coates, Sallo Dawo, Kyle Wilkinson and Istvan Elszazer.
Wetherby Athletic eased to a 5-2 triumph at Oxenhope Recreation while Rawdon Old Boys saw off visiting Rothwell 3-0. Altofts obliged 3-2 at Whitkirk Wanderers and Featherstone Colliery edged a 3-2 verdict at Aberford Albion. Kippax beat visiting Leeds Modernians by the same score while Wyke Wanderers were 2-1 victors at Boroughbridge.