Saturday Leagues: Beechwood double sends Stevenson out on a high

Jim Callaghan Cup winners Beechwood Gate.
Jim Callaghan Cup winners Beechwood Gate.
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BOSS jason Stevenson says he will retire a “happy man and manager” after watching Beechwood Gate seal a double on Bank Holiday Monday.

Newly-crowned Wakefield League Premier Division champions Beechwood added the Jim Callaghan Cup to their haul as a Liam Gales double and Macauley Milburn strike sealed a 3-2 triumph against Fieldhead Hospital at Hall Green United.

Beechwood were denied a treble in the League Cup final by Crofton Sports who obliged on penalties but exiting manager Stevenson still leaves the club very much on a high.

“It’s been a great response from not winning anything last year and a fantastic team effort by players and the backroom staff,” he said. “I’ve retired a happy man and manager.”

Beechwood end their season with a league tie this Saturday at fifth-placed Fieldhead who drew 2-2 with second-bottom finishers Seacroft AFC at the weekend. Prince Of Wales moved fourth by obliging 4-2 at bottom club Snydale Athletic the same day. Dewsbury Rangers Old Boys ended their Division One campaign with a 5-1 win at bottom side Seacroft AFC Reserves. That result ended the title bid of AFC Kettlethorpe despite their 5-1 beating of visiting Ossett Two Brewers. AFC Ossett will win the league if they win at Kettlethorpe this weekend.

In other weekend highlights, promoted Drighlington Juniors bagged the Division Two League Cup with Friday’s 6-3 success against divisional champions New Wheel, two days after a 3-3 draw at home to relegation-battling Altofts AFC Reserves.

Route 1 Rovers savoured Spen Valley Trophy glory with a 1-0 success in the final against Palestino at Overthorpe Sports Club.

Idle moved second in Division One with a 11-0 romp at bottom club Inter Batley. Jack Strudwick, Callum Doherty and Matthew Addy all netted twice with Scott Dawson, Carl Dowson, Aaron Irving, Ryan Mitchell and Marcus Strudwick adding a goal each.

Mount Pleasant went fifth with a 5-2 win at third-bottom Saville Town through a brace from Jawad Khan plus strikes from Abdurraheen Mayat, Muhammed Omar and Mohammed Patel. Fayyaz Bobbat grabbed a consolation brace for Town. Athletico won 4-1 at George Healey thanks to a brace from Shakeel Khan and strikes from Umair Ali and Mohammed Ikraaz. Ryan Jones netted form the hosts.

Clifford bagged the Harrogate League Cup with a 2-1 win against Kirk Deighton Rangers.

Kirkstall Crusaders maintained their Division One title chase with last Tuesday’s 2-0 win at home to Boroughbridge A.