BEESTON St Anthony’s twice saw red and fell to just their second defeat of the season as bottom-of-the-table Hall Green United bagged a shock victory to claim their first win.
West Yorkshire Premier Division leaders Saints were looking for their ninth win from their 10th league game and Hall Green arrived at LS11 with just one point to their name.
Bet Beeston’s task was made more difficult when Stephen Crawford was sent off for his reaction to a situation on the 20-minute mark.
Hall Green took the lead seven minutes before the interval through Clifton Firth before doubling their advantage three minutes before the hour through Tom Fowler.
Beeston’s Joe Wood was then given his marching orders on the hour-mark in similar fashion to Crawford.
Hall Green bagged their third goal of the game in the final minute when Fowler notched his second.
Beeston remain top but are only two points clear of second-placed Ilkley Town, who enjoyed a 5-2 success at second-bottom Sherburn White Rose, who are only two points ahead of Hall Green.
Adam Davey and Lee Spires bagged doubles for Ilkley, for whom David Hancock also netted.
Third-placed Leeds City suffered a 3-1 loss at Robin Hood Athletic, who are up to ninth.
Goals from James Finlayson, Jamie Lister and Daniel Bridges sunk City, who stay five points off top spot with a game in hand.
Sixth-placed champions Carlton Athletic have another game in hand and they will go level with City if they win that fixture.
Fourth-placed Shelley were also beaten as Knaresborough moved fifth with a 1-0 away win.
Hunslet Club dropped to third bottom after a 3-2 reverse at home to Huddersfield Amateur, who are up to 12th.
Jacob Driver’s brace and Mike Hall’s strike saw the Huddersfield outfit to victory.
Pool are fourth-bottom after taking a 1-1 draw from their game at home to 11th-placed Headingley in which Scott Cater was on target for the hosts.
Horbury Town, who are eighth, recorded a 3-1 triumph at home to 10th-placed Hartshead. Gibril Bojang, Josh Stacey and Neil Samardzija were Horbury’s scorers.
On Saturday, first plays fourth as Beeston entertain Shelley.
Division One is led by Rawdon Old Boys, who are two points clear of second-placed Wyke Wanderers after Wyke were held to a 1-1 draw at mid-table Altofts.
Rawdon went in 3-2 at fourth-bottom Leeds Modernians thanks to goals from Craig Nicholls, Lewis Nightingale and Oliver Nightingale.
Whitkirk Wanderers, who were not in action, are four points behind Wyke in third.
Otley Town are top of the pile in Division Two after Saturday’s 2-0 win at home to Kellingley Welfare after former leaders Newsome saw their trip to Middleton Park postponed.
Salts remain the team to catch in the West Riding County Amateur League after Saturday’s 4-0 success at Littletown, who sit sixth. But second-placed Golcar United remain unbeaten after they thumped seventh-placed visitors Thornton United 6-2 as Callum Meade struck four times. Golcar are three points off top spot and have two games in hand.
In the Yorkshire Amateur League, Steve Phillips has some big boots to fill at Drighlington but their super start to life in the Premier Division continued with a 5-1 win over Athletico, writes Tom Harle.
Phillips has stepped into the void left by Bob Greenwood, a legendary league figure, who stepped down to retire when the club expanded to open-age.
Last year’s Championship winners have made a flying start with three wins from their first four games – including the prized scalp of holders Farsley Celtic Juniors.
“We even changed the formation over the summer so everything is new for them,” Phillips said. “There are a couple of younger lads who have come up for their first season in open-age this year as well.
“Getting Farsley early on was a good test but we think we can get another 20 or 30 per cent out of the players. The lads are working hard for each other and even with new lads coming in, there’s still that team spirit.”
Drig surged into a 3-0 half-time lead on Adwalton Moor, but became complacent enough to concede and Athletico had a string of chances early in the second half.
Braces from Shane Sowden and Josh Frankland, both key figures in the promotion push, were enough for the win along with one from Harvey Booth.
Farsley’s title defence has taken a couple of early blows, the latest a 3-0 loss to Leeds Medics at Weetwood. Player unavailability and a half-fit Danny Lyons made for a slow start and Svir Kristinsson handed the hosts the lead with a calm finish. Tom Smith turned in Paul Jackson’s cross to make it 2-0, only after Medics keeper Ian Griffiths had made some fine saves. Francisco Matos turned provider again for Kieran Wardman, who struck from 12 yards.
Alwoodley suffered a 2-1 defeat at Ealandians as star man Callum Armstrong’s opener was cancelled out by a second-half brace by Carlton Balmer.
Promoted Morley Town drew 2-2 with Grangefield.
In the Championship, Mount SM will again be a force and they beat Thornesians 3-0 with goals from Terry Parsons, Tom Welsh and Emmanuel Owuso.
Calverley endured a frustrating campaign last time but their positive start continued by beating St Bede’s 2-1 thanks to goals from Ben Cook and Matty Wilson.
Leeds Independent won their second game of the campaign, this time a 1-0 defeat of Wortley with a lone goal from the excellent Seb Sokal.
The preliminary rounds of the Marflitt Trophy went to form as Premier Division sides St Nicholas and Stanningley beat Garforth Rangers and Idle, respectively.