Yorkshire Amateur: Early title reward for unbeaten Saints

Yorkshire Amateur League Division 4 champions Horsforth St Margaret's.
Yorkshire Amateur League Division 4 champions Horsforth St Margaret's.
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HORSFORTH ST Margaret’s have been crowned champions in February after taking Division Four of the Yorkshire Amateur League by storm.

Horsforth clinched the title with Saturday’s 3-2 success at home to Farnley Sports Reserves thanks to goals from Ashton Rowe, Declan Broadley and Karl Baker. A 5-2 defeat for only remaining rivals Leeds City Old Boys at Kippax Athletic sealed the crown for Maggies who are still unbeaten having won 13 and drawn three of their opening 16 games.

In the Premier, fourth-placed Ealandians were held to a 2-2 draw at home to second-placed Farsley Celtic Juniors. John Mallinson announced his recent arrival at Farsley with a brace, but goals from Jacob Driver and a 95th minute equaliser from Dene Heppenstall ensured that both clubs remain in the title hunt.

Third-placed side Grangefield Old Boys lost ground as they drew 2-2 at Trinity and All Saints. Grant Jackson and Ritchie Banks netted for Grangefield, with Adam Gillot and Nathan Sproule notching for draw-specialists Trinity.

Leeds Medics and Dentists overtook Alwoodley with a 5-1 home victory over them. Brad Chambers struck twice with Alex Monk, Niall Robinson and Sam Bzeu scoring for Medics, with Rob Oxley adding a consolation for Alwoodley.

Headingley FC’s poor season continued with a 4-2 loss at Stanningley Old Boys for whom Joe Allen’s double was supported by strikes from Mark Wilson and Joseph Ward.

A Merlyn Andrews brace failed to save Headingley.

Wigton Moor held visitors Rothwell to a 2-2 draw in their bottom of the table clash.

Rothwell led 2-0 through James Kitson and Mitch Falkingham but were pegged back by goals from Danny Lyons and Delfayoo Onyett.

Farnley Sports took another step towards the Championship title with a 4-1 success at home to Old Modernians making it 12 wins out of 12.

Matt Palmer gave Modernians the lead but a double from Shane Gaunt plus goals from Stuart Murrell and Adam Butterworth maintained the 100 per cent record.

Third-placed Rodilian eventually overcame visitors Old Batelians 3-1 with goals from Jack Kanyama, Luke Playford and James Basnett.

Second-placed Beeston Old Boys snuck a 1-0 win at Morley Town with a 65th minute winner from left back Adrian Knowles.

Thornesians picked up just their third win of the season at Beeston St Anthony’s with a 3-2 win thanks to a double from Steve Walton and a Joe Cook strike.

Graham Stockdale’s penalty and a late Daniel Daly goal were in vain for Beeston.

Bottom club Calverley United held home side Shire Academics to a goalless draw.

Division One leaders Colton Athletic’s title chances were dealt a big blow as they were shocked 2-1 at basement boys Leeds Medics and Dentists 3rds. Matty Lloyd and Craig Pickering struck for Medics with Ben Vickers only consoling the leaders.

Collingham Juniors Old Boys moved second with a 4-0 win at home to St Nicholas as Richard Metcalfe’s double was supported by an own goal and a Johnny Dixon strike.

Alwoodley A 3rds booked their place in the Hodgson Cup final with a 5-4 success on penalties at Thornesians 3rds after a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes and extra time. Thornesians trailed 2-0 before Brett Norman’s double forced extra time but it is Alwoodley who will meet Batelians 3rds in the final.

Ben Jones, left of Old Centralians and Matthew Martin of Swillington challenge.

Slideshow: Swillington v Old Centralians