Yorkshire Amateur: Farsley Celtic net divisional crown at title rivals

Action from Stanningley OB v Farsley Celtic Juniors (100451d). PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Stanningley OB v Farsley Celtic Juniors (100451d). PIC: Steve Riding
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FARSLEY CELTIC Juniors scooped the Senior B crown with Saturday’s thrilling 3-2 victory at title rivals Stanningley Old Boys Reserves.

Stanningley drew first blood midway through the first half when a low cross from Jack Kitson was met in front of the Farsley keeper by John Mallinson.

Stanningley’s Luke Harrop then skimmed the crossbar but Farsley levelled 20 minutes after the interval when Ben Cook drove the ball after good work by Andy Cooper. Cook then bundled home Farsley’s second from a Cooper corner but Stanningley fought back when another cross from Kitson was headed home by defender Dave Webb.

The hosts pushed up in search of a winner but Farsley intercepted and Cooper made no mistake to seal a second title in succession.

Thornesians ensured their survival with an 8-3 defeat of mid-table visitors Calverley United. Ryan Dobson slammed in four for the hosts who also had Ben Austin, Chris Wildie, Curtis Cunningham-Hoggett and Nick Bowen on target. Usual ‘keeper Will Hardcastle hit the back of the net three times for the Calverley goals.

Wigton Moor sealed a third-place finish with a 3-1 triumph at home to fifth-placed Leeds Medics & Dentists Reserves. Leroy Watson, with a brace, and Del Onyett the Wigton marksmen with Amir Ameen replying for Medics.

In Senior A, champions Gildersome Spurs Old Boys ended their campaign by smashing records left, right and centre. Last Wednesday evening saw the Spurs travel to FC Headingley and enjoy a 9-2 cake-walk with their leading scorer Matt Jackson netting five times.

Jackson then bagged another four on Saturday as the champions won by the same scoreline at home to third-placed Ealandians. Gildersome’s Max Elliott, Ben Keedy, Matty Moon, Steve Wales and Nathan Hay all added one each with Jacob Driver and Wayne Crossley, from the penalty spot, notching two late goals for Ealandians.

Jackson’s goal tally of 33 for the season was more than enough for him to take the Senior A Golden Boot award and Gildersome become only the third championship winning team in Senior A history to go through the season undefeated. They have now won more matches than any previous Senior A winners and have obtained more points in a season than any previous winners.

Before their midweek game, Spurs needed 14 goals to break the record for the total number of goals scored by previous Senior A winners and they broke that with four goals to spare. Gildersome – managed by Jason Stones and Andy Scott – are now counting down the days until Saturday’s Old Boys Shield against Ealandians at Old Earth Huddersfield. Elsewhere on Saturday, Alwoodley sealed a fifth-placed finish with a 7-1 victory at home to third bottom North East Leeds. Alwoodley’s Guy Cole, James Turner and Dino Mulavdic all hit doubles with man of the match Mike Rawson also netting.

Division One champions Morley Town and runners-up Beeston St Anthony’s finished with a 2-2 draw at Beeston.

Beeston took the lead before half-time thanks to former Spurs ace Graham Stockdale but Ryan Hartley levelled matters in the 47th minute. Ben Holdsworth put Morley ahead two minutes after the hour but Ben Greenwood restoring parity with 20 minutes to go. Third-bottom FC Tadcaster have avoided the drop despite a final day 2-0 loss at home to fourth-placed Sandal Wanderers whose Tom Hart and Ben Price struck, the latter netting straight from a corner. St Nicholas sealed a third-place finish with a 3-1 victory at ninth-placed Leeds Medics & Dentists 3rds.

Leeds City OB goalkeeper, Liam Davies, saves under pressure during his side's 3-2 West Riding County Trophy victory over visitors Garforth Crusaders. PIC: Steve Riding

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