West Yorkshire League: Rawdon Old Boys continuing journey towards ‘best team in Yorkshire’

Rawdon Old Boys celebrate winning Division 2 of the West Yorkshire League... last season. Picture: Steve Riding.
Rawdon Old Boys celebrate winning Division 2 of the West Yorkshire League... last season. Picture: Steve Riding.
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RAWDON OLD BOYS are edging towards their ambition to become the best amateur football club in Yorkshire, believes chairman Ian Whitfield.

That dream was spelled out to the Yorkshire Evening Post nearly three years ago, and having moved from the Harrogate League shortly afterwards, last season’s Division Two champions have made a classy start to life in the second tier with eight wins in their nine matches.

“That is absolutely still the goal,” Whitfield said. “It’s obviously a difficult thing to define, being the best club in Yorkshire, and it’s a tough challenge. We have to get through this league first, and that’s what we’re concentrating on. We have to keep doing what we’re doing and not look too far ahead of the next game.”

Wyke Wanderers, however, took full advantage of Old Boys’ free week to go top of the second tier and had Matt Conway’s hat-trick to thank for their 4-2 win over Leeds Modernians.

Three further back from Old Boys are Whitkirk Wanderers and Featherstone Colliery, who beat Aberford Albion 2-1 and Wetherby Athletic 5-3, respectively. Fifth-placed Boroughbridge sneaked past Howden Clough 4-3, while East End Park won out in a 5-4 a thriller against Altofts.

Rothwell and Oxenhope Recreation were two divisions apart last season, but it was the promoted home side who took the three points in a 4-3 victory.

In Division Two, one team who have set their stall out for a breezy return to the second tier are Otley Town, who remain top and unbeaten after a resounding 6-1 win over Garforth Rangers. Hot on their heels are league newcomers Newsome, who hammered hapless Hampsthwaite by the same scoreline.

Kirk Deighton won 7-1 against Kellingley Welfare, Knaresborough Celtic put eight past Swillington Saints and Ripon City defeated Huddersfield YM 6-2.

Old Centralians and Baildon Trinity Athletic played out a 1-1 draw.

James Chadwick shoots for Leeds Medics and Dentists under pressure from Jimmy Halliday, of Stanningley OB, during Saturday's Yorkshire Amateur League Premier Division encounter. PIC: Steve Riding

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