West Yorkshire League: Five-star top two refuse to put brakes on speedy start

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CARLTON ATHLETIC and Beeston St Anthony’s are showing no let-up to their perfect start to the new West Yorkshire Premier Division campaign with both having won five games out if five.

Last season’s runners-up Carlton remain top on goal difference with Athletic staying at the top of the pile through Saturday’s 4-1 success at Knaresborough Town.

Scott Hargreaves bagged an away double, supported by a goal apiece from Reece Fennell and Matthew Jackson.

Carlton had also obliged 4-1 at Robin Hood Athletic three days earlier as Hargreaves, Jackson, Scott Burns and Daniel Chadwick all bagged a goal each. Carlton will now look to make it six wins out if six at home to Shelley tonight, the club’s final league game before an early season battle of the giants at Beeston on Wednesday, September 7.

Defending champions Beeston maintained their perfect start with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of visiting Horbury Town. Paul McMullen and Liam Moore struck for the Saints with a James Mountain effort not enough for the visitors.

Beeston were earlier 4-1 winners at home to Hunslet Club last Wednesday evening through strikes from Matty Moon, Matty Nebbard and James Allen plus a Sean Jeavons penalty, conceded by Liam Young who was sent off.

The spot kick put Beeston 2-0 up before 10-man Hunslet rallied and netted through Stevie Kerr.

Beeston next visit Headingley this evening looking to keep up the faultless start.

The top two already have a five-point gap back top third-placed Pool though Leeds City will go third and four points adrift of winning their game in hand. City host second bottom Wetherby Athletic tonight and approach the game following last Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat of visiting Headingley in which the home side’s Andrew Crossland, Joe Dixon, Adam Dutson, Sean Fitzpatrick and Charles Lumley all netted a goal each.

Elsewhere, Littletown are the new leaders of the West Riding County Amateur League Premier while the Yorkshire Amateur League and Leeds Combination League are among the leagues beginning this weekend.

Ben Jones, left of Old Centralians and Matthew Martin of Swillington challenge.

Slideshow: Swillington v Old Centralians