This week’s West Yorkshire Football League action was hampered by cup fixtures, but that did not stop Field from continuing their rampant start to the season, writes ANDY DONLEY.
Field played two fixtures in the week, winning both 4-1. Oxenhope Recreation were the victims midweek, as Daniel Cunningham, Curtis McMahon, Joshua Milner and Michael O’Brien all found the back of the net for Field, whilst Otley Town succumbed to a brace from Christopher Wood, plus another for Curtis McMahon, on Saturday.
Those results mean that not only have the league-leaders scored 41 goals in their opening 10 fixtures, but they already have an eight-point buffer to second-placed Brighouse Old Boys.
Brighouse also secured three points at the weekend, thanks to a 3-1 victory over Knaresborough Town, whilst Leeds City drew 1-1 with the same side midweek. Despite that, Leeds could move to within three points of the early pacesetters if they win both of their games in hand.
Bardsey moved into fourth courtesy of an ill-tempered 1-0 home victory against Shelley, which saw 3 players sent for early showers. Bardsey’s Stephen Mallory and Shelley’s Andrew Farrell and Phil Livsey all picked up two bookings, before Stewart Berry sealed the points for the hosts.
Neil Samardzija scored a brace for Horbury Town as they put five past Ripon City.
Mahamadou Ceesay scored a consolation for the visitors, but it was not enough to stop them from falling to their seventh defeat in nine games.
Elsewhere, bottom-placed East End Park slipped to another defeat, this time losing out 3-1 away to Wetherby Athletic, for whom Matthew Lombard bagged a double, and Boroughbridge join them on only three points so far following their 2-1 loss to Oxenhope Recreation.
Division One saw only three fixtures, but of them, two included the top four teams in the league.
Ilkley moved into first place by convincingly beating previous leaders Wyke Wanderers 4-1.
Two goals from Adam Fowler and further strikes by Daniel Bott and Darren Munday inflicted the damage on the well-beaten opposition.
Pool missed their chance to move top after they were defeated 1-0 by Thornhill, who leapfrogged them in the process.
Thornhill’s Jamie Ingham saw red, but the home side came away with the three points thanks to James Heeley’s winner.
Featherstone Colliery beat Howden Clough 3-1 in the other fixture of the weekend, with Scott Ellam, David Firth and Kyle Pearson all finding the back of the net.
Division Two is usually handy for a few goals, and it did not disappoint again this week, with 31 being scored in the five matches that were played.
Fryston suffered the embarrassment of an 8-0 demolition at the hands of Hall Green United.
United had previously been struggling themselves, but are now six points clear of the teams below them in the early-season race to pull clear of the drop slots.
In an eventful match, John Moore smashed a hat-trick, and David Empsall was amongst the other scorers before he was dismissed, levelling the match at 10 players apiece, after Fryston’s Michael Corr also saw red.
Great Preston hosted Kellingley Welfare in a corker, which saw the home-side fall to a 5-3 defeat, with a John Bird brace and a goal from junior player John Wilson helping Kellingley secure the three points. Garforth Rangers moved top thanks to a 4-1 victory over struggling Middleton Park. Park are one of four teams on one point at the bottom of the table, as are Glasshoughton Welfare, who slumped to a 5-0 home loss at the hands of Baildon Trinity Athletic.
In the final Saturday tie, Normanton Woodhouse Hill came out on top of Hartshead 3-2 in a hard-fought match-up.
Hartshead twice fought back from falling behind, only for Robert Rice to score an 87th minute winner for Normanton.