West Yorkshire League: Form side Field turn on style for cup final

Richard Longfellow
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a fINE SEASON for Field has been capped by a League Cup triumph following a 4-0 win against Beeston St Anthony’s in the final at Manse Lane, writes Amitai Winehouse.

Field then boosted their chances of finishing second with Saturday’s 3-2 win against Hunslet Club in the Premier.

Field were 2-1 down at half-time but clever use of their bench turned the game around. Mark Whiteley scored before the break before super substitutes Daniel Laban and Joshua Miller put away a goal each.

Whilst champions elect Bardsey sat out the action this week, there were plenty of important games in the Premier Division, not least Leeds City’s 3-2 loss against Ripon City last Wednesday that put their hopes of finishing second in jeopardy. Mahamadou Ceesay, Tom Leeming and James McDaid sent Ripon on their way. It was difficult for Leeds City to come back from 2-0 behind at half-time, but they came close, with Leroy McIntosh and Joe Dixon scoring.

Leeds City recovered to overwhelm Boroughbridge at home, winning 3-0. Joe Dixon was once again on the scoresheet, with Adam Dutson and Alex Miller also bagging.

After their cup disappointment, Beeston St Anthony’s retained second spot with a 4-2 win against the struggling Wetherby Athletic. The goalscorers for Beeston were Ben Haigh, Joseph Hill, Joe Rossiter and Lee Turnbull.

Wetherby find themselves perilously close to the dropzone, but could be saved by the fact that the teams below them have only a game left to play. East End Park finished their season with a confident 4-2 victory away from home against Brighouse Old Boys, but could yet surrender fifth place should Ripon City win both of their games in-hand. Michael Pearson and Matthew Roy scored Brighouse’s two goals.

Horbury Town rounded off their last home game of the season with a 5-2 victory against Oxenhope Recreation. Midweek clashes in Division One saw Robin Hood Athletic confirm top spot in the league with a 4-2 victory against Pool. Daniel Chadwick, Graham Marchant, Dale Pickering and Kris Robertshaw bagged for Athletic, with Jordan Wagstaff and Matthew White scoring for Pool.

Old Modernians also managed a midweek win, beating Old Headingley 2-1. Sam Pickup scored Headingley’s only goal.

Robin Hood Athletic won again at the weekend, showing the form that has carried them to the title, beating Old Modernians 2-0 at home. Matthew Gould and Graham Marchant were the two goalscorers for Athletic.

Pool played out a 1-1 draw with Sherburn White Rose. Steven Preston scored for Pool, whilst Sherburn had to turn to their bench and Jamie Learoyd to get a goal and secure a point.

Old Centralians have managed to avoid relegation this season, and turned on the style at the weekend with a 3-0 win against basement side Kellingley Welfare. Christopher Ward, Kevin Myers and his replacement Daniel Ellis all scored for Centralians.

Baildon Trinity Athletic are also struggling towards the wrong end of the table and their crisis worsened this weekend with a 4-2 home loss to Stanley United. Stanley were 3-0 up by half time, and despite the goalscoring efforts of Graham Carney and John O’Connell, Athletic fell to another defeat.

Altofts moved level on points with Old Headingley in 10th by beating them 2-0. Altofts, however, have a worse goal difference and have played more games than Old Headingley.

They will have to overcome Aberford Albion to get there, though, who finished their season on a high with a 1-0 home win against Featherstone Colliery. Colliery currently find themselves in 12th but have two fixtures left to play.

Thornhill completed their successful season in Division Two with a 5-3 win against Woodhouse Hill (Normanton).

Scott Hargreaves put away a hat-trick for Thornhill, with Jamie Ingham and Jason Milner also scoring a goal apiece. Christopher Sullivan scored one and Richard Fennell put away a brace of strikes for Woodhouse Hill.

Thornhill have earned their promotion from the third tier, scoring a staggering 98 goals over the course of the season.

Howden Clough finished their season with a huge 6-2 away win against fifth placed Mount St Mary’s.

Dwain Clark and Andrew Griffiths both scored two for the away side, with Christopher Thornton and Stefan Godbold adding solitary strikes as Howden overwhelmed Mount St. Mary’s in front of goal.

Thomas Hammill and Matthew Kingswood scored the home team’s two goals.

Howden can look back happily on a relatively successful season that has seen them finish third, with a promotion push surely on the cards for next season.

The pick of the Alliance Division One clashes saw Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves travel to Field Reserves on Monday and come away with a staggering 7-0 win.

Beeston now sit atop the Alliance Division One table by virtue of goal difference after their 2-0 win against Hunslet Club Reserves on Saturday.

The pick of the action in Alliance Division Two saw Howden Clough Reserves and Pool Reserves play out a high scoring 3-3 draw.

Howden Clough are guaranteed to finish fifth in the league.

Despite having one game left to play against Barwick Reserves, Pool Reserves cannot finish higher nor lower than 10th.

Jody Lazenby, of Horsforth St Margaret's Reserves, beats Shire Reserves' Dion Ellis to the ball. PIC: Steve Riding

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