West Yorkshire League: Knaresborough leapfrog rivals after fightback win

Joseph Rhodes scores for Thornhill against visitors Swillington. PIC: Steve Riding
Joseph Rhodes scores for Thornhill against visitors Swillington. PIC: Steve Riding
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THE action in the West Yorkshire Football League was once again disrupted this week, with only 11 games being completed across the five divisions.

In the Premier Division, Knaresborough Town overcame their mid-table rivals Otley Town in a 2-1 away win, with all the goals being scored in the first-half.

Toby Harris scored for the home side, but goals from Mark Fox and Fraser Lancaster secured the points for Knaresborough, who leap-frogged Otley in the process.

In the only other fixture to beat the weather, Wetherby Athletic also secured a 2-1 victory on the road, beating struggling Ripon City.

Kyle Fox’s goal ensured that the league’s bottom side went into half-time at 1-1, but Charlie Yates scored the Wetherby winner midway through the second period.

In Division One, Thornhill kept the heat on leaders Pool in comfortably dispatching Swillington Saints 3-0, despite being down to 10 men.

Lee Brook bagged a double, with Joseph Rhodes adding a third which meant that the second-placed side were never in trouble, even when Wayne Flannery earnt himself an early bath.

Struggling Altofts won themselves a valuable point, drawing 2-2 with Old Centralians. And it could have been better for Altofts, who entered half-time with a 1-0 lead, only for Centralians to bring it back in an entertaining second period.

Nick Banks scored a hat-trick as Sherburn White Rose kept their title hopes alive through a resounding 5-2 victory over a Middleton Park side who are only off the foot of the table via goal difference.

Elsewhere, goals from Jamie Kime and Michael Walpole were not enough to stop Rothwell Town from falling to a 4-2 home defeat against Great Preston, who move into the top half of the table.

In Alliance Division One, Leeds City Reserves extended their impressive run of form by beating Robin Hood Athletic Reserves 1-0, moving to the top of the table in the process.

Their cause was further aided by rivals Oxenhope Recreation Reserves 3-2 loss at Wetherby Atheltic Reserves, where early goals from Daniel Slater and Liam McEntee set Oxenhope a comeback task they were not quite up to. Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves drew 2-2 at home to Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves.

An Ian Horrocks double set Wyke Wanderers Reserves on their way to a 4-1 victory at Barwick Reserves in Alliance Division Two, whilst Aron Kennedy scored three as Horbury Town Reserves beat Rothwell Town Reserves 4-0.