A MISERABLE week for Bardsey was ended in gloomy fashion as Otley Town’s 3-2 win at Keswick Lane put another dent in the champions’ title defence.
Bardsey approached the game on the back of being thrown out of the County Challenge Cup after playing Danny Maw while suspended. Monday night’s appeal at County FA was unsuccessful and Bardsey were then 3-0 down at half-time against Otley whose James Evison, David Webber and Tony Harris netted one each.
Harris was then sent off and Bardsey rallied but the damage was done with Horbury Town now second after beating Brighouse Old Boys 3-0 to secure their fourth consecutive victory. Tom Dews, Gibril Bojang and Luke Griffiths all netted one each.
Beeston St Anthony’s are fifth and with games in hand after seeing off visiting Boroughbridge 4-1. Beeston’s Ben Haigh, Daniel Thackray, Lee Turnbull and Sean Jeavons all netted with Ryan Preistman consoling ‘Bridge.
Brad Walker was on exceptional form, scoring four as Knaresborough Town beat Ripon City 5-1 with ‘Boro’s Fraser Lancaster also netting. James McDaid struck for City.
Gino Dignan scored a brace in Shelley’s 2-1 victory at Hunslet Club for whom Joshua Grant and Emerson Nanque was sent off.
And Matt Foster was Wetherby Athletic’s match-winner, as they secured a 1-0 victory over Robin Hood Athletic.
Division One leaders Pool saw off title rival visitors Thornhill 4-2 with goals from Grant Bligh, Maxwell Drake, Nicholas Hewitt and Matthew White. Lee Brook and Wayne Flannery netted for Thornhill who are now third. Carlton Athletic moved second as goals from Liam Moore, Joseph O’Neill and Andrew Payne sealed a 3-1 win at home to Whitkirk Wanderers.
Ross Hutchinson and Lusungu Ndovi scored two apiece as fifth-placed Ilkley Town beat Altofts 4-1 with Matthew Leadbeater notching for Altofts,
Matthew Biddle’s second-half winner allowed Hartshead to stretch their lead at the top of Division Two as they beat Rothwell Town 1-0. Barwick overcame Kellingley Welfare 4-3, Garforth Rangers thrashed Normanton Woodhouse Hill 4-0, whilst Mount St Mary’s beat Ossett Common Rovers 1-0.
In Alliance Division One highlights, Boroughbridge Reserves had Paul Scaife to thank as he scored four in a 5-4 victory over Hunslet Club Reserves, whilst Leeds City Reserves moved into second through a 2-0 win against Brighouse Old Boys Reserves. Horbury Town Reserves claimed top spot in Alliance Division Two with a 2-1 victory against Wyke Wanderers Reserves, with Adrian Harrison scoring both for the new leaders.