Wakefield League: Crofton no match for high flying Beechwood Gate

Match action from Stanley United v  Purston (SR1003/16g). PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from Stanley United v Purston (SR1003/16g). PIC: Steve Riding
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BEECHWOOD Gate eased their way into the semi-finals of the Premier Division Cup with Saturday’s 3-0 success at league strugglers Crofton Sports.

Liam Gales, Nathaniel Welsh and Jason Kitchen all bagged one each for Gate who are also well-placed in the Premier Division title race.

Beechwood sit second, nine points behind leaders Rothwell but with three games in hand.

Rothwell stretched their lead with a 4-1 success at third-placed FC Gawthorpe on Saturday. Gawthorpe stay nine points behind second-placed Gate and with just one game in hand.

Two points further back in fourth are Prince of Wales who were held to a 3-3 draw at home to fifth-placed Wortley.

There’s then a six-point gap back to sixth-placed Bramley Athletic who were felled 4-2 by basement visitors Garforth WMC.

Another side fighting the drop are fifth-bottom Dewsbury Rangers Old Boys who had to settle for a 3-3 draw at home to second-bottom Walton. Dewsbury’s Rob Smith, Jack Smith and Michael Thompson all bagged one goal each.

It was goalless at seventh-placed Fieldhead Hospital where fourth-bottom Eastmoor were the visitors.

Five games were played in Division One with Old Bank WMC moving second but only just after drawing 2-2 at sixth-placed Altofts.

Leaders Snydale Athletic are 11 points clear having played three games more though third-placed Bramley Athletic Reserves who are 12 points off top have six games in hand.

Fourth are Horbury Town who were 5-0 winners at home to second-bottom Ossett Town Brewers while AFC Ossett are fifth after a 4-4 draw with seventh-placed visitors Inns Of Court.

Bottom club Wakefield City also gained a goalless draw at home to fourth-bottom Featherstone Colliery.

In Division Two, leaders Crackenedge blitzed eighth-placed visitors Wagon 8-0 while fourth-placed New Wheel win 3-2 at seventh-placed Durkar. Bottom club Woodhouse Hill enjoyed a fine 5-1 win at sixth-placed Nostell Miners Welfare.

Stanley United booked their place in the Division Two Cup semi-finals with a 4-2 win at home to FC Purston Athletic.

In Division Three, leaders Altofts beat fourth-placed visitors Horbury Athletic 2-1 while second-placed White Rose hammered eighth-placed away side Crofton Sports Reserves 8-1. Methley United went seventh by beating bottom club visitors Wrenthorpe 4-0.

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