Leeds City continued their stunning form in the West Yorkshire Football League this week, courtesy of another two high-scoring victories, writes ANDY DONLEY.
Saturday saw City put four past Horbury Town in their own backyard, as Barrie Frankland scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win. Frankland was carrying on from midweek, when he put hapless Ripon City to the sword, bagging himself six as Leeds put 12 past their struggling rivals.
Things didn’t improve for Ripon, as they also succombed to table-topping Field in an 8-0 drumming. Christopher Wood scored a treble in that match for Field, who have 16 points from their opening seven fixtures, although they fell to their first loss of the season in midweek, as Beeston St. Anthony’s trumped them 3-1.
Beeston had moved into first with that result, but fell back into second after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brighouse Old Boys.
Both of the teams who started the week on zero points secured their first victories of the season over the two fixtures. The two sides faced up on Saturday, when Boroughbridge hosted East End Park, but a brace from Gary Thomas saw the away side take the points in a crucial 4-1 result.
However, Boroughbridge had already broken their duck for the season, courtesy of a 1-0 win against Knaresborough, in which Michael Mullenger scored a late winner.
Shelley enjoyed a fruitful week, winning both their ties, and scoring six in the process. They followed a 3-1 midweek away win over Horbury Town with a 3-0 victory over Wetherby United, moving into the top half of the table as a result.
In the weekends remaining fixtures, Bardsey put five past Otley Town, with Robert Dickinson notching a second hat-trick in four games, and Robin Hood Athletic came out on the right side of a 3-2 scoreline against Oxenhope Recreation.
Their were no mid-week fixtures in Divisions One & Two, but Saturday saw plenty of action, as Headingley AFC continued their impressive turn-around of form. After losing their opening three fixtures, Headingley have won their second set of three, with their most recent triumph coming in the shape of a 1-0 home victory over Whitkirk Wanderers.
Ilkley Town moved into the overall lead of Division One via a 7-2 thrashing of Featherstone Colliery. Richard Schofield and Damian Smith both scored doubles as the homeside retained their early one-point advantage over Wyke Wanderers, who also maintained their positive start to the campaign with a 4-2 win against Old Centralians.
Michael Bonito’s two goals were not enough to stop last-weeks leaders Stanley United from sliding to a 6-3 loss at the hands of Thornhill, and Pool also missed a chance to move into first, after drawing 1-1 to Swillington Saints.
In the weekend’s remaining fixtures, Kippax won 3-2 against Old Modernians and Howden Clough and Carlton Athletic played out an entertaining 2-2 tie.
Aberford Albion and Altofts match was abandoned.
Yorkshire Amateur were the only team who failed to score in Division Two this week, after goals from James Beaston and Lee Granger were enough to secure a 2-0 victory for Sherburn White Rose, despite them finishing the match with ten-men.
Great preston remain unbeaten at the top of the table, after they turned Hall Green United over 2-1.
Fryston are still searching for their first points of the campaign, after a 3-1 home loss against Garforth Rangers, and three further teams have only one point, as Ossett Common Rovers didn’t play this weekend, and Middleton Park and Glasshoughton Welfare fell to defeats against Kellignley Welfare and Normanton Woodhouse Hill respectively.
Finally, a Louis Francis brace fired Baildon Trinity Athletic to a 4-2 win over Mount St. Mary’s, and yet-to-be-beaten Hartshead drew with Barwick 2-2.