Yorkshire Amateur: Grangefield make extra man count in cup final

Action from St Nicholas v Garforth Rangers.
Action from St Nicholas v Garforth Rangers.
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GRANGEFIELD Old Boys Reserves retained the Hancock Cup with a 3-1 success against Morley Town AFC Reserves at Liversedge.

Grangefield led after a clearance from keeper Ross Monaghan found Sam Russell who finished at the second attempt. Monaghan then made a string fine saves and Morley were reduced to 10 men when Danny Sims was sent off for lashing out in the area. Regular penalty taker Monaghan converted the spot kick and Grangefield’s lead was further extended when Tom Carlisle headed home from a free kick.

Morley reduced the arrears through a spectacular volley from Jermaine Savoury and the match finished 10-a-side after Grangefield’s Darren Dodsworth was dismissed. Grangefield followed the cup final success with Saturday’s 3-0 triumph at third-bottom St Bedes AFC in Division One. After Niall Coleman’s opener, second half sub Dan Cuff was at the double.

Division One leaders Alwoodley FC Reserves sealed promotion with a 2-1 success at bottom side Gildersome Spurs Old Boys. Alwoodley led 2-0 at the break through leading scorers Geoff Clarkson and Dan Whincup but Jordan Brereton netted from 35 yards in the second half to reduce the margin. Alwoodley were also 5-1 winners at St Bedes on Wednesday evening through a Geoff Clarkson treble, a Lee Swift strike and an own goal.

Fourth-placed St Nicholas have games in hand and continued their title push with Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at home to Garforth Rangers. Parandeep Singh and Dan Fuller notched for Nicks with Garforth hitting back with a Kean Varley penalty. Second-bottom Leeds And Medics Dentists 3rds were blitzed 6-2 at fourth-bottom Sandal Wanderers who netted through Tom Shepherd, Tom Baker, John Murrell, Danny Bastow, Danny Milnes and Tom Hart.

In the Premier, Ealandians kept up their title chase with Wednesday night’s 3-1 win at home to Stanningley Old Boys through goals from Jacob Driver, Dominic Finn and James Greenwood. Ricahrd Alexander consoled fourth-bottom Stanningley.

Championship winners Farnley Sports made it 20 league wins out of 20 with a 4-3 triumph at home to second-placed Rodilian. Adam Butterworth was at the double for Sports whose Andrew Punter and David Walker also struck with a Luke Playford double and Charlie Holt effort not quite enough for Rodilian whose only promotion dangers are third-placed Beeston Old Boys. Beeston were held 1-1 by visiting Morley Town AFC. The hosts led through George Lazaro with Krystian Wojcick equalising in the 75th minute.

Old Modernians moved off the bottom with a 6-2 win at Old Batelians for whom goals from James Holroyd and Richard Spink were in vain against a Johnny Hick treble plus a goal each from Reece Omidiran, Adam Todd and Matty Campbell. Calverley United aided their relegation fight with a 3-1 win at fourth-placed Stanningley Old Boys Reserves through strikes from Chris Holdsworth and Jake Smith plus a Gary Trewhitt penalty. Rob Nicholson notched for the hosts. Thornesians are bottom after losing 3-1 at home to Shire Academics who struck through Tyler Baker, Sam Lee and James Walker in the face of a home Curtis Cunningham effort.