Wakefield League: Gawthorpe drop out of title race

Action from Crackenedge v Woodhouse Hill ('100391d). PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Crackenedge v Woodhouse Hill ('100391d). PIC: Steve Riding
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FC GAWTHORPE look destined to finish third at best following Saturday’s 3-2 loss at home to Bramley Athletic in the Premier Division.

Luke Newsome and Connor Burns both struck for Gawthorpe but their efforts were unable to prevent defeat.

Rothwell, who lead the division, secured silverware by beating second-placed Beechwood Gate 4-1 in Friday night’s Premier Division Cup final at Crofton Community Centre. Back in the Premier, relegation-battlers Dewsbury Rangers Old Boys fell to a 2-1 loss at sixth-placed Crofton Sports.

Rob Smith’s strike was in vain for Dewsbury who sit second-bottom with one game left to play.

Garforth WMC jumped above Dewsbury into tenth with a 3-2 success at home to fifth-placed Wortley FC.

The day’s biggest scorers were fourth-bottom Walton FC who hammered bottom club visitors Eastmoor 9-1.

Because of their terrible goal difference, Eastmoor look destined to finish in the bottom two.

In other action, basement battlers Dewsbury Rangers Old Boys atoned for their first team’s defeat with a 4-4 draw at home to leaders Altofts AFC Reserves in Division Three.

Dewsbury’s Alex Peace, Gareth Smith, Matthew Briggs and William Black all netted one each.

New Pot Oil took advantage of that result as a 7-1 blitz of fifth-placed Waterloo maintained their outside title hopes.

Bottom club Wrenthorpe ended their league season with a 6-1 loss at home to third-bottom Henry Boons while fourth-bottom Snydale Athletic Reserves defeated fourth-placed visitors Horbury Athletic 4-0.

Just two games were played in Division One with third-placed Old Bank WMC upset 3-2 at seventh-placed Ossett Dynamos.

Horbury Town sit fourth after a 3-0 success at bottom club Wakefield City who will now definitely finish bottom of the pile.

In Division Two, leader Crackenedge motored on with a 7-1 win at home to basement boys Woodhouse Hill (Normanton).

Second-place Stanley United ended their campaign with a 4-1 win at home to second bottom Red Lion Alverthorpe. Third-placed FC Purston Athletic won 3-1 at Durker while fourth-placed AC Kettlethorpe obliged 6-3 at Nostell Miners Welfare.

Third-bottom Wagon obliged 3-2 at fifth-placed New Wheel.

Ilkley goalkeeper Harry Higgins makes a brave save but eventually Carlton won through this Premier Division contest 4-2. PIC: Steve Riding

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