West Yorkshire League: Stalemate frustrates chasing Bardsey

Carlton Ath v Stanley United - Reece Fennell of Carlton, left, has his shot blocked by Neil Foster.
Carlton Ath v Stanley United - Reece Fennell of Carlton, left, has his shot blocked by Neil Foster.
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Bardsey missed an opportunity to close the gap on West Yorkshire Premier League leaders Field this week, after they were held to an incredible 4-4 draw by visiting Hunslet Club,

With Field not in action this week, Bardsey would have moved to within five points of their rivals with a win, but mid-table Hunslet pulled out a cracking display to earn a point.

Craig Maynard, Michael Mills, Roman Neal and Michael Toney all netted for the hosts, but Hunslet’s Jonathon Grayston, Killian Mabey, Lee Turner and Connor Charlton ensured Field retain a commanding lead at the top of the table.

Third-placed Beeston St Anthony’s were also involved in a remarkable, high-scoring fixture, although they managed to earn victory in a 5-4 win against Knaresborough Town.

Knaresborough refused to give in-form Beeston an easy victory, but goals from Ben Haigh, Callum Harrison, Matthew Jackson and a Sean Jeavons double made sure the visitors returned home happy with all three points.

Horbury Town ended up comfortable victors in their tie with Wetherby Athletic, winning 3-0 despite going into half-time with the scores level.

A Gibril Bojang brace plus a strike from Tom Dews sealed the points for fifth-placed Horbury.

Leeds City staged a second-half come back to beat struggling Boroughbridge 3-1.

Tom Beasley’s strike ensured Boroughbridge entered the break with a one goal advantage, but Leeds came back strongly in the second 45, with James Hochstrasser and Joe Tasker amongst the goal-scorers.

Ripon City came out on top in the battle between the division’s bottom two sides, beating East End Park 2-0 to leave Park stranded at the foot of the table, four points below their rivals.

Ripon did the damage in the first half, with goals from Michael Johnson and Ben Jones securing a crucial victory for their side.

Elsewhere, Otley Town slipped to a 2-0 home loss against Shelley, and their cause was not helped when they lost Josh Waite to a second yellow card.

Shelley took full advantage of their extra man, with Andrew Markham and Daniel Simpson finding the target to secure the points from what had been a closely contested fixture.

The fixture between Robin Hood Athletic and Brighouse Old Boys was the first of many throughout the league to fall victim to be postponed due to the weather.

In Division One, Thornhill slipped off the top of the table, as they drew 3-3 with struggling Featherstone Colliery, despite Nathan Kemp bagging a hat-trick.

It could have been worse for Thornhill, as Featherstone’s Matt Murray, Jamie Deal and Scott Ellam gave their side a 3-0 half-time lead. However, Kemp had a second-half to remember, and his hat-trick ensured the hosts only got overtaken on goal difference.

Carlton Athletic are the new league leaders, after they comfortably dispatched Stanley United 3-0.

Bottom-side Altofts fell to another defeat, despite managing three goals at Wyke Wanderers.

Joshua Gill and Matthew Leadbetter were among the scorers for Altofts, but Wyke fought back through goals from Aiden Day, Karl Fawcett, Ian Horrocks and a Ben Bodle brace to win the fixture 5-3, a result which sees them jump from eighth to fourth in the league table.

Paul Graham was the hero as his side Whitkirk Wanderers beat Howden Clough 4-1.

Graham made the difference by bagging a superb hat-trick for his side, for whom Glenn Wood also found the back of the net, whilst James Keen scored the consolation for Clough.

Aberford Albion secured only their second victory of the season in sensational fashion, thrashing Kippax 6-2, despite Kippax holding home advantage.

Ilkley Town and Old Modernians fought hard for a point each in a 2-2 draw.