Wakefield League: Solid Beechwood draw closer to top-flight leaders Crofton Sports

Altofts Reserves' striker Warren Redford who scored both goals in a 2-1 in over Red Lion Alverthorpe. PIC: Steve Riding
Altofts Reserves' striker Warren Redford who scored both goals in a 2-1 in over Red Lion Alverthorpe. PIC: Steve Riding
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Beechwood Gate maintained their solid start to the Wakefield League Premier Division season with a convincing 7-2 victory over Walton, writes LOUIS STOKES.

Beechwood rose to second in the league courtesy of braces from Glenroy Hylton and Macaulry Milburn, aided by goals from Steven Cooper, Liam Gales and Jason Kitchen.

Last year’s runners up Beechwood lead the chase to Crofton Sports who maintained their impressive start to the season with a 6-1 win away at Old Bank.

They lead by five points from Beechwood, who do have a game in hand.

Elsewhere in the top division, Bramley Athletic moved up to sixth in the table with a 3-1 win at home to Fieldhead Hospital who are fifth.

AFC Ossett slotted into third in Division One, three points behind leaders Dewsbury Rangers, following a 5-2 win at Eastmoor.

Purston Athletic inflicted a first defeat on the season on Ossett Dynamos with hard-fought 3-2 away victory while Featherstone Colliery were the other victors in the division with a 5-1 thrashing at struggling Seacroft Reserves.

In Division Two, New Wheel FC capitalised on top side Drighlington Juniors’ absence from this week’s domestic fixture list as they went joint top with a 2-0 away win at Stanley United.

Normanton Woodhouse’ still only have the sole win from the start of the season as they were defeated at home to New Pot Oil 2-1, who move to fifth.

Elsewhere, Thornhill moved up to third with a 3-1 win at Durkar who are sixth.

In Division Three, Crofton Sports Reserves missed the chance to make the most of top side White Rose being in cup action as they could only draw 2-2 at home to fourth placed Wheatsheaf.

Horbury Athletic did take advantage and put the pressure on Crofton Sports by climbing to third with a resounding 5-1 home win struggling Overthorpe.

The other game in the division saw Ryhill inflict yet another defeat for winless Dewsbury Rangers Reserves with a 4-1 home win.

Red Lion Alverthorpe were sent packing from the Jim Callaghan Cup as they were defeated 2-1 at home by Nostell Miners Welfare.

Troy Jeffer strikes for Red Lion proving to be fruitless.

Altofts AFC were the most convincing team from the first round with a 6-0 home win over Swan Wakefield.

Henry Boons also joined the round two draw with a 2-0 win at home to Waterloo.

And White Rose continued their cracking start to the season as a 3-1 win away at Ossett Two Reserves.

Two of the leading sides in the Premier Division take each other on in the next round of fixtures next Saturday as top side Crofton Sports entertain fourth-placed Bramley Athletic.

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