Round-up: Beeston go two clear after first six games

Kirkstall Crusaders' hat-trick hero, Ash Hubbard (middle). PIC: Tony Johnson
Kirkstall Crusaders' hat-trick hero, Ash Hubbard (middle). PIC: Tony Johnson

BEESTON ST Anthony’s moved two points clear at the top of the West Yorkshire Premier Division after Saturday’s 2-0 triumph at second-bottom Huddersfield Amateur.

Stephen Crawford and Scott Murgatroyd both netted for the 2016 champions who are now two points clear of second-placed Ilkley Town after six games played.

Ilkley were 3-0 winners at home to tenth-placed Horbury Town as a brace from Lee Spires was supported by a Daniel Chadwick strike.

Shelley, who were level on points with Beeston, slipped back to third after a 4-0 loss at home to last season’s top dogs Carlton Athletic, who sit seventh. Anees Young’s double was added to by goals from Scott Burns and Reece Fennell.

Fourth-placed Leeds City are level on points with Shelley after a 4-0 win against fourth-bottom visitors Sherburn White Rose. James Hochstrasser was at the double with Andrew Crossland and Sean Fitzpatrick also bulging the back of the net.

Fifth-placed Field are three points behind the top four after a 3-0 success at home to 11th-placed Robin Hood Athletic.

Sixth-placed Knaresborough Town are behind Field on goal difference after their 4-3 verdict at home to eighth-placed Headingley.

Michael Fargher’s double for Boro was supported by strikes from Ben Clayton and Chris Newby.

Hall Green United are bottom of the pile and the only team without a win after Saturday’s 4-3 loss at fifth-bottom Pool for whom Josh Wagstaff and Scott Cater both bagged doubles.

The Yorkshire Amateur League campaign got under way on Saturday with Premier Division champions Farsley Celtic Juniors held to an opening day 2-2 draw by visiting Morley Town.

Farsley raced into a 2-0 lead through goals from Tez Ncube and Lee Ranson but Morley bagged a point after second-half strikes from Ryan Hartley and Matthew Agar, who netted with one minute left.

Alwoodley are the early leaders on goal difference after a 4-2 triumph at home St Nicholas but Stanley United also won by a two-goal margin as hosts Beeston Juniors were defeated 3-1.

Drighlington edged out visiting Ealandians 3-2 while hosts Stanningley Old Boys and Grangefield Old Boys shared a 1-1 draw.

In other opening-day highlights, new boys Athletico began with an opening day 2-1 loss at home to Leeds Medics & Dentists.

Another side new to the YAL League are Division One outfit Sky Blue who started with a 4-0 win at home to Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves. Alf Thornton’s double was supported by strikes from James Harrison and Joe Cundall.

In Division Two, Woodkirk Valley walloped hosts Sandal Wanderers 10-3. Luke Henshaw notched a five-timer, supported by a braces from Joshua Goodwin and James Tesseyman plus a solitary strike from Scott Love.

On the Sunday front, the new Leeds Combination League season began with a 3-0 victory for Jubilee Premier champions Hope Inn Whites at Chapeltown Fforde Grene.

Josh McClean, Matthew Waller and Shaun Mallory all netted a goal each. But Kirkstall Crusaders are the early leaders after an Ash Hubbard hat-trick and Ash Thompson strike helped record a 4-0 victory at home to Main Line Social.

Kippax Sundays saw off visiting Leeds City Rovers 4-2 thanks to braces from Josh Morley and Ash Hoddle in the face of away responses from Nick Clarke and Rob Holliday.

Whitkirk Wanderers also edged a 4-3 thriller at home to HT Sports.

Barrie Frankland, Ash Crowther and Scott Matthew all struck for HT.

But the visitors were undone by a Nathan Keightley goals brace together with strikes from Ryan Robinson and Fidel Mholo.

James Chadwick shoots for Leeds Medics and Dentists under pressure from Jimmy Halliday, of Stanningley OB, during Saturday's Yorkshire Amateur League Premier Division encounter. PIC: Steve Riding

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