Yorkshire Amateur: Farnley given a fright but rally to claim win hat-trick

Shire's Ben Heap shoots wide against Norristhorpe Reserves.
Shire's Ben Heap shoots wide against Norristhorpe Reserves.
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Farnley sports got out of jail and made it three Championship wins out of three with Saturday’s last-gasp 3-1 victory at home to Shire Academics, writes KEIRNAN GLYDE.

Everything looked rosy for Sports when Shane Gaunt fired them in front after just 10 minutes but Shire levelled through James Walker’s cracking effort.

Farnley were five minutes away from surrendering their perfect record but goals from defender Carl Manning and a second from Gaunt snatched victory.

Farnley are now third in the Championship but with games in hand on the top two.

Beeston Old Boys moved top despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home to eighth-placed Leeds Medics & Dentists Reserves.

Beeston looked in bother when they went 1-0 down but the hosts bagged a share of the spoils through Jamie Mitchell’s strike in the second half.

Thornesians eased their relegation fears with a 2-1 triumph at a Old Modernians side who have dropped to second bottom.

Modernians set the early pace and were a goal to the good at half time but the substitutions made by Thornesians seemed to work wonders as Curtis Cunningham and Luke Haigh netted to earn three badly needed points.

Only one game was played in the Premier Division owing to District Cup fixtures and Alwoodley moved fifth with a 2-1 success at fourth-bottom Rothwell.

Alwoodley raced into a 2-0 lead through Dino Mulavdic and from Aaron Robinson before David Schofield reduced the deficit.

Three games took place in Division One with title-chasing Colton Athletic slipping to a 4-2 loss at mid-table Leeds Independent.

Colton were 2-0 up after 20 minutes thanks to Mike Ellington and Rob Ashworth.

However, Independent took control of the second half with two Matt Warring goals plus one each from Marlon Richards and Gav Hercules turning the game on its head.

In another surprise, second-placed Almondburians were upset 3-1 by visiting Old Centralians who recorded their first league win of the season.

Johnny Mellor netted for Almondburians whilst Daniel Ajibona, Bob Guthrie and sub’ Lev Watach notched for the victorious Cents.

Unbeaten Collingham Juniors Old Boys sit fourth with games in hand but they had to settle for a point in a 3-3 draw at ninth-placed St Bedes.

Mark Pieri gave Collingham the lead but by half-time Bedes striker Brad Holland had put his side 2-1 ahead with his double.

James Rowlands levelled before Admir Zenkovic gave Bedes a 3-2 lead that was cancelled out in the 60th minute by the Collingham leading scorer Richard Metcalfe.

Rampant Huddersfield Amateur Reserves moved three points clear at the top of Division Two with a 3-0 triumph on their home turf over St Bedes AFC Reserves.

Mohammed Ozair bagged a brace with Gareth Jowett also netting.

Morley Town AFC Reserves are fourth after a convincing 7-1 triumph over visiting Huddersfield YMCA.

The goalscorers for Morley were Martin Ross with a four-timer, James Hawley with a double and Ben Dixon.

At the other end of the table, Methley United recorded their first league of the season with a 6-0 home hammering of basement boys Middleton Park.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s action, fourth plays sixth in Senior A as Farsley Celtic Juniors welcome Wigton Moor.

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