West Yorkshire League: Hartshead hit hard as Longdon helps himself to a hat-trick

Shaun Longdon (SR1003/45a). PIC: Steve Riding
Shaun Longdon (SR1003/45a). PIC: Steve Riding
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SHAUN Longdon helped himself to a hat-trick as Swillington Saints enhanced their Division Two title claims with Saturday’s 5-1 win at home to Hartshead.

Jamie Scott and Jamie Davies also struck for Swillington who sit third in the table but just two points behind leaders Thornhill.

Both sides have four games left to play. Sandwiched in between that duo are second-placed Howden Clough who have three games left to play this season following Saturday’s 4-3 triumph at home to fifth-placed Glasshoughton Welfare.

Strikes from Matthew Ashton, Andrew Gibbins and Liam Cooper were in vain for Welfare who later saw Cooper sent off.

After Swillington, there’s a seven point gap back to fourth spot which is occupied by Rothwell Town following a 3-1 win at Mount St Mary’s.

Joshua Knagg was at the double for Rothwell who also had Thomas Carter on the scoresheet.

A solitary Jamie Miller strike was as good as it got for the hosts.

Barwick moved up a place from third-bottom to fourth bottom with a 5-2 triumph at home to second-bottom Heckmondwike Town. And Ossett Common Rovers jumped to ninth after a 2-0 success at eighth-placed Woodhouse Hill (Normanton).

Hunslet Club Reserves took over Alliance Division One leadership following a 6-2 win at home to title rivals Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves.

Emerson Nanque netted a hat-trick for the Greens who had Danny Walker adding a brace and Christopher Thornton also netting. Aaron Connor and Ryan Boden consoled Beeston who dropped to second and three points behind Hunslet but with two games in hand.

A further point back but with an extra two games in hand are Oxenhope Recreation Reserves who dismissed visiting Kippax Reserves 5-0.

Leroy Hickman hit a double with Liam Dyson, Joel Gallagher and Craig Morris adding one each. In fourth are Wetherby Athletic Reserves who overcame mid-table visitors Old Headingley Reserves 2-1. Fifth-placed Leeds City Reserves romped in 8-0 at Ripon City Reserves.

Aimi Beresford bagged a decisive brace for Brighouse in the 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers.

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