West Yorkshire League: Battle for second is going to the wire

Lee Coleman in his last game for Beeston St Anthony's against Field (100449b). PIC: Steve Riding
Lee Coleman in his last game for Beeston St Anthony's against Field (100449b). PIC: Steve Riding
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BEESTON ST Anthony’s halted Field’s assault on second place with an emphatic 6-2 win over their closest Premier Division rivals.

The win will go a little way to restoring some pride for Beeston, after they lost the League Cup final 4-0 to Field just two weeks ago.

Field remain in third place in the league, but have games in hand to take the runners-up spot away from Beeston. Four points from their final two games will guarantee a second-place finish.

Beeston have finished the season as the highest-scoring team in the league (unless Field overtake them), putting an amazing tally of 96 goals past their opponents in the Premier Division.

Hunslet Club put in a huge performance to hammer Ripon City 6-1.

Lee Turner was in outstanding form, netting a hat-trick for Hunslet, while Lee Walker, Anthony Williamson and Jonathan Grayston each scored for the Leeds club.

Otley went down at home 4-2 against an out-of-form Brighouse Old Boys.

Jermaine Wilson’s brace was in vain as Otley’s defence returned to old ways of leaking goals, throwing away a half-time lead. Last week’s clean sheet to Kippax meant they end their season with just two clean sheets.

Wetherby Athletic and Horbury Town shared the points after a 2-2 stalemate.

Neil Samardzija and Tristan Cost scoring the last goals of the season for Horbury.

Oxenhope Recreation were edged out at home 3-2 by Boroughbridge.

Joel Gallagher and Michael Garnett scored for the hosts but it was not enough for a share of the spoils as they went down to the visitors from North Yorkshire.

In the midweek games Kippax and Oxenhope Recreation shared eight goals in an incredible 4-4 draw.

Richard Jackson scored a superb hat-trick for Kippax, while his teammate Richard Merchant got the fourth for Kippax.

Oxenhope’s goals came from Daniel Moriarty, Scott Nelson, Gareth Ritson and James Bailey.

The result was not enough for Kippax to avoid the drop, needing a win and other results to go their way to ensure survival in West Yorkshire’s top division.

Field beat Leeds City 2-1, after goals from Joshua Milner and John Penn.

In Division One, winners Robin Hood Athletic failed to make it six wins on the bounce as their procession to the league title nears its finale.

The champions won in mid-week, hammering Featherstone Colliery 8-3.

Graham Marchant and Scott Murgatroyd each bagged braces while Mark Temple-Baker, Daniel Chadwick, Scott Jackson and Dale Pickering all found the net to give Robin Hood a resounding victory.

Kyle Sambrook scored two and Kyle MacDonald got the other for Colliery.

Robin Hood let a half-time lead slip as Old Centralians came from behind to steal a point in a gripping 3-3 draw.

Another three-goal-haul for Featherstone Colliery failed to deliver the points as they went down 4-3 to Altofts.

Kyle Sambrook scored a double and Thomas Field scored a single for Featherstone, but a brace from substitute Lee Gilbert, accompanied by strikes from Javed Hussain and Joshua Gill gave Altofts all three points.

The result means Altofts and Featherstone finish the season in 10th and 12th, respectively.

Relegated side Baildon Trinity Athletic’s season ended with a whimper after a 3-1 defeat at home to Old Headingly.

Wyke Wanderers snatched a 1-0 win at Pool. Ben Bodle struck to score the only goal of the game.

Stanley United blitzed Sherburn White Rose 7-0 to take the battle for fifth-place to the wire.

In the pick of the games next week, Knaresborough Town face Wyke Wanderers needing a win to steal the runners-up spot away from Ilkley.

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