West Yorkshire League: Robin Hood steal a march on fellow strugglers

Action from Mount St Mary's v Rothwell Town. PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Mount St Mary's v Rothwell Town. PIC: Steve Riding
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Robin Hood Athletic bagged a vital three points on Saturday as they ran out 4-3 winners in a gruelling Premier Division clash with Bardsey.

Athletic linger at the wrong end of the table but with a new manager and a newfound confidence, they embark on a mission to climb out of the danger zone. Thrown in the deep end for his first game in charge, new manager Andy Colleran says a debut win is the perfect building block to turn the season around and maintain top-flight status.

“On a personal level it was pleasing to get my first victory under the belt, but I am more concerned that we can gain some momentum and solidity in terms of results and get us up that table,” said Colleran.

“As a unit we kept our heads and played our way back into the game, which is so promising to take forward.”

James Finlayson’s brace accompanied goals from Dale Pickering and Jermaine Savery for Robin Hood who now have a game in hand over Knaesborough Town who sit just a point above them. We have some really talented players in the squad and I am eager to get the best out of them,” said Colleran. “For now, it is about consolidating, getting some points on the board, hopefully bringing one or two new faces into the club and building progress over the rest of the campaign.”

Robin Hood travel to Shelley for their second away league game on the bounce on Saturday, who sit just a place below them in the table on goal difference. Shelley enter the clash off the back of a 4-2 victory at Brighouse Old Boys which saw two Brighouse red cards. Oxenhope Recreation and Knaresborough Town battled it out in the only other Premier Division League tie with the fixture ending in a 1-1 draw. That game too saw two red cards.

Division One also saw just a handful of league games with Boroughbridge in action against Ilkley Town. Goals from Ben Jones, with a brace, Michael Snowdon and Duncan Terry securing the three points for Boroughbridge, who ran away 4-1 winners. East End Park also triumphed in the league with a comfortable 3-0 win thanks to Gareth Mitchell and Liam Clark’s brace .

In Division Two, Kellingley Welfare and Yorkshire Amateur were forced to share the spoils; Craig Fradgley, Simon Leach and Mutahir Ali (2) all bagged goals in the 2-2 draw. Middleton Park lost 3-1 to Ossett Albion, despite taking the lead in the first minute. Goals from Ben Walker and Abdou Bojang (2) secured the points. Mount St Mary’s and Rothwell Town were the only other sides involved in league action with the home side running away with the three points. Lewis Coyle (2), Alex McDonald and Matthew Perkins all netted in Mount St Mary’s 4-1 win.