West Yorkshire League: City back on track for repeat run-in feat

Action from Leeds Modernians v Thornhill. PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Leeds Modernians v Thornhill. PIC: Steve Riding
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Leeds City got themselves back to winning ways on Saturday with a convincing 3-1 win away to Wetherby Athletic.

A disappointing string of results has left last year’s runners up sitting in fifth position but with a game in hand and a newfound confidence, City now embark on a mission to replicate last year’s success.

Manager, Tom Liddell is delighted to have reignited the prolific form that his team displayed so consistently last season, and while the title is in sight, insists that there is no added pressure on his squad going forward.

“I know it’s the biggest cliché but we really are taking every game as it comes.”

He said. “The big aim of course would be to take that performance now and go on and win the league this season but honestly as long as we are playing nice football I’m happy.”

Despite an opening half an hour which saw the two sides cancel each other out, Leeds City hit a turning point after their second goal and went on to finish the game on a high. Baz Frankland opened the scoring, netting a bullet free-kick from 25 yards out to give City the lead but Wetherby responded straight away, equalising just a minute later.

The game then fell into an end-to-end showdown until Joe Tasker’s driven effort gave Leeds City the lead once again in the 61st minute. Tasker then doubled his tally just two minutes later, which sparked a dominant performance to comfortably bring home all three points.

“Wetherby are a team that always push right until the end so it kept us on our toes, but that worked in our favour because we turned up the heat.” Liddell said.

“It was quite a tight game to begin with, it looked like we were going to be in for another draw but once we took the lead we completely dominated. We’ve had a poor start really results wise, the lads haven’t been happy with so it was nice to get a little bit of confidence back in them.”

“Last year was mentally and physically tough with 47 matches and that didn’t help in the opening few games of this season but we look back to our confident-selves now, so who knows what could happen.”

“I don’t tend to look at our position until around March time when it really matters, we just continue to work hard but we’ve already won all the cups in previous seasons so I wouldn’t mind ticking Premier Division winners off my list too.”

Leeds City’s next clash sees their attention avert from the league as they take on Division One’s East End Park this weekend in a cup clash.

Meanwhile, Wetherby Athletic travel to Oxenhope Recreation in the League who are fresh from a 3-1 win over Shelley thanks to goals from Thomas Marshall, Daniel Moriarty and Leon Smith. Shelley will now travel to second place Field who closed the gap on leaders Carlton Athletic on Saturday.

Goals from Alex O’Keefe and Christopher Wood (2) secured a 3-0 win and the three points for Field.

Carlton will be hoping to make amends this weekend in the Cup when they travel to Rothwell.

Third place, Beeston St Anthony’s also secured another three points with a 3-2 win against Hunslet Club. They will travel to Halton Moor this weekend in a cup clash while Hunslet Club are also in cup action at Shire Academicals.

A Lee Brook brace secured another three points for Horbury Town in their 2-0 win over Otley Town. Horbury’s next fixture is away to Knaresborough Town this weekend, while Otley will host Brighouse Old Boys.

Knaresborough fell short to Pool, Robert Cross and Thomas Fleming bagging the goals in Pool’s 2-0 win.

Pool now travel to Wyke Wanderers who also secured a win on Saturday, Cameron Day and Ian Horrocks (2) providing the goals in a 3-2 win over Robin Hood Athletic.

Robin Hood now avert their attention to the cup this weekend as they travel to Beechwood Gate.

Brighouse Old Boys displayed an impressive performance, beating Bardsey 5-1. Bardsey now hope to wash away that defeat with a cup clash away to Clifford this Saturday.