West Yorkshire League: Athletic hit form to take over at the top

Action from Aberford v Robin Hood ('100378c). PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Aberford v Robin Hood ('100378c). PIC: Steve Riding
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Robin Hood Athletic climbed to the top of Division One with a 2-1 win against Aberford Albion, writes Amitai Winehouse.

With five games in hand on their nearest rivals, the win came courtesy of goals from Graham Marchant and Paul Arkle.

A high-scoring clash saw Featherstone Colliery win 7-4 against Old Centralians. Kyle Sambrook scored a hat-trick for Featherstone, with Michael Seed, Kyle Pearson, Kyle Macdonald and Sam Harrison scoring another goal each. Kevin Myers and Aaron Rothery bagged for Old Centralians, and Christopher Ward put away a brace.

Old Headingley rose to ninth with a 3-0 win against Sherburn White Rose. Ashley Austin got all three goals for Old Headingley.

Pool ran out as 4-2 winners against Carlton Athletic, climbing to 10th with the win. Temilade Ajimoko, Matthew Doran and Grant Bligh were on the scoresheet for Pool. Alan Howard and Graham McDonough scored for Athletic.

Stanley United put together a big 5-1 win against Baildon Trinity Athletic. Liam Littlewood and Matthew Oxer scored a brace each, with Stephen Bettley adding another. Daniel Milner scored Baildon’s only goal.

Kellingley Welfare fell to a storming 6-0 loss against Wyke Wanderers away from home.

Ian Horrocks scored a hat-trick, Ben Bodle scored a brace and James Healy put one away to give Wyke a huge win.

Old Modernians won 4-0 against Altofts, staying in fourth as a result.

In the Premier Division, Bardsey stretched their lead at the top of the pile to 19 points with a 3-0 win against Brighouse Old Boys, .

Bardsey now look unreachable after the win courtesy of Robert Dickinson’s brace and a goal from Stewart Berry. Bardsey’s lead was helped by Leeds City’s 2-1 loss against Beeston St Anthony’s. Ashley Walker put Leeds City into the lead, but Lee Coleman and Paul McMullen scored to give Beeston the win.

Field stormed to a 6-2 win against Kippax to remain in contention for a title challenge. Levi Pedder scored two for Field, with Lee Burgess, Matthew Hartley, Glyn Hirst and John Penn also converting. Joseph Thorpe and his replacement Richard Jackson scored one each for Kippax.

The clash between heavy hitters East End Park and Boroughbridge ended in a 2-2 draw. Liam Clark and Merveille Kayij scored East End Park’s two goals.

Oxenhope Recreation managed a 3-1 win against Horbury Town. Michael Garnett, Ollie Metcalfe and Leon Smith put Oxenhope ahead before Marc Griffiths scored a late consolation.

Ripon City remain in seventh after a 5-1 win against Otley Town, with Jamie Simms netting for Otley. Bottom side Wetherby Athletic were on cloud nine after a stunning 9-0 win against Whitkirk Wanderers.

Division Two saw Howden Clough move within two points of top spot with a 6-2 win against Hartshead.

Andrew Griffiths scored two, with Josef Kenzitt, Stuart Carr, Daniel Broadbent and Majid Ahmed adding one each.

Garforth Rangers won 3-2 against Rothwell Town. Ashley Bell scored two for Rangers, with Jonathan Booker scoring one. Jamie Kime and Christopher Peat scored one each for Town but couldn’t prevent the loss.

Woodhouse Hill (Normanton) managed a 3-1 win away from home against Barwick, with Mitchell McArthur, Luke Mitchell and Simon Senior scoring for the away side.

Swillington Saints also won 3-1 at Great Preston thanks to a brace from Jamie Scott and a goal from Daniel Carr.

Mount St Mary’s stormed to a 7-0 win against Heckmondwike Town while Ossett Common Rovers and Yorkshire Amateur played out a 0-0 draw.

The pick of the Alliance Division One action saw Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves defeat Bardsey Reserves 10-0 to remain top. In Alliance Division Two, Garforth Rangers Reserves moved seventh with a 3-2 win against Baildon Trinity Athletic Reserves.

Colton's Chris Hicks tries a shot on goal during Saturday's 4-2 Hancock Cup defeat at Shire Reserves. PIC: Steve Riding

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