Yorkshire Amateur: Grangefield raise bar to snatch win

Milo Hooley (3) and Lyndon Wells scoreed in a 4-1 win for West End Park at  Shire Academics IV. PIC: Steve Riding
Milo Hooley (3) and Lyndon Wells scoreed in a 4-1 win for West End Park at Shire Academics IV. PIC: Steve Riding
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GRANGEFIELD OLD Boys scraped past Ealandians 3-2 in the only game of the Premier Division due to cup commitments.

Brandon Baldwin struck for the hosts early on to put them 1-0 but goals for Colin Schofield and Martin Colwell put Ealandians 2-1 in front.

Mike Brandish-Lowe, of Shire Academics Res, scores in the penalty shootout with Drighlington Res in the West Riding County Challenge Trophy. PIC: Steve Riding

Mike Brandish-Lowe, of Shire Academics Res, scores in the penalty shootout with Drighlington Res in the West Riding County Challenge Trophy. PIC: Steve Riding

Grangefield fought doggedly and ended up snatching all three points as Chris Barr grabbed two late goals to seal the 3-2 victory.

Grangefield slide up to third in the table and sit only three points behind Drighlington who lie second and are five points off Farsley Celtic Juniors who are positioned at the top of the table and are yet to have lost a game.

As for Ealandians they sit eighth in the table on seven points from seven games.

Ealandians also pose the third worst goal difference in the league (-11).

Shire goalkeeper Matt Strangwood scores in the penalty shootout with Drig. PIC: Steve Riding

Shire goalkeeper Matt Strangwood scores in the penalty shootout with Drig. PIC: Steve Riding

Again owing to cup commitments there was only one game in the Championship as Leeds Independent lost 3-0 at home to Leeds Medics Reserves.

This win signalled Leeds Medics’ first points of the season and a huge boost to survival hopes.

The score was 2-0 at the break with goals coming from Joe Timpson and Matt Reid.

In the second half the Medics continued in their rich vein of form and went 3-0 up courtesy of an own goal which summed up Leeds Independent’s afternoon.

This result moves the Medics off the foot of the table into 11th on three points and leaves Leeds Independent ninth on six points.

In Division One there were three games this weekend, the first of them coming at Beeston Juniors Old Boys as they destroyed Leeds Medics & Dentists III 9-1.

This hammering leaves Beeston in seventh on nine points and Leeds Medics in 11th on four points. The new Division One leaders, Collegians, beat Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves in a 4-2 away win.

Collegians dominated proceedings and led 1-0 at half-time. They added a second goal shortly after the half-time break but the lead was diminished by the hosts who drew level soon after.

Collegians’ fitness told and they controlled the final stages and romped home to a pleasing 4-2 away victory.

Jake Lodge, Scott Kirkpatrick and Ryan Fuller, who grabbed two goals, ensured Collegians go back to the top of the Division.

Farsley sit in eighth on seven points from seven games.

Thornesians are now fifth after overpowering bottom-of-the-league Collingham Juniors 7-1. The scorers for Thornesians were Mark Atkinson with three in a man-of-the-match performance, Dave Stirland, Jamie Howieson, Andy Waterson and Mick Abbey.

Thornesians avenged the Collingham win in the Marflitt Trophy and recorded their third league win out of four league games.

In Division Two the only game of the day came at Horsforth St Margaret’s Reserves who were well beaten by Colton Athletic in a 4-1 home defeat. Colton were 4-0 up before Horsforth managed their solitary consolation goal.

Horsforth are third in Division Two but are already nine points adrift of opponents and leaders Colton.

Colton are yet to lose a game and sit on 22 points from eight games.

In Division Three there were two games, also because of other clubs having cup commitments.

The first game was between Huddersfield Amateur and Leeds Modernians. On this occasion Huddersfield Amateur came out on top winning 4-1, a result that lifts them to second but leaves Leeds Mods in 11th place.

The other game in Division Three came at Norristhorpe who hammered Tingley Athletic 4-0 at home.

Norristhorpe sit in third placed whereas Tingley lie in eighth.

The result of the day came in Division Five as Thornesians III were beaten 9-3 by Tyersal Reserves.

In Division 5, Shire Academics IVs lost out 4-1 at home to West End Park.

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WORTLEY showed they mean business in the West Riding FA County Challenge Cup by romping to a 10-2 success at Tadcaster Magnets Reserves in the second round, writes LEE SOBOT.

Ryan Sharrocks blasted in a four-timer for the Yorkshire Amateur League Championship high flyers for whom Joe Hudson and Matt Dalton also both cracked in hat-tricks.

Morley Town suffered an unwanted hat-trick of cup exits with their first team losing 4-2 on penalties at home to Robin Hood Athletic after a 1-1 draw. Phil Davis was the Morley scorer in normal time.

Morley Town Reserves were beaten 3-0 at Amaranth Crossgates for whom a brace from Jordan Walker was supported by a Mike Murisa strike.

Morley Town’s Development Squad were also ousted 6-2 at Harrogate Railway Athletic Reserves despite netting through Grahame Stockdale and Greg Robinson.

The Yorkshire Amateur League’s Leeds City Old Boys squeezed into the next round with a 4-3 win on penalties at home to West Yorkshire League Division Two leaders Glasshoughton Rock after a 2-2 draw.

City never went ahead but came back four times to force a draw thanks to goals from Marc Ware, James McFarlane and an Adam Potter brace. Two fantastic shoot out saves from Liam Davies then booked City’s progress on spot kicks.

Leeds City Old Boys 3rds also marched on with one of the results of the round in beating West Yorkshire League Alliance Division Two visitors Otley Town Reserves 3-0. Reuben Young’s triple put the Leeds Academy side in the next round.

But Leeds City Old Boys Reserves were knocked out through a 3-2 loss at Overthorpe Sports Club with goals from Joe Potter and Tom Maxwell ultimately proving in vain.

Yorkshire Amateur League Division Three leaders New Middleton made a statement with a 6-1 cruise at Tyersal who are second in Yorkshire Amateur League Division Two. A Jamie Davies double was supported by strikes from Jack Duncan, Jordan Duncan, Steve Gawthorpe and Kirk Thompson. Idle also impressed through a 5-1 verdict at home to the Beeston St Anthony’s Yorkshire Amateur League first team.

Mark Giddens fired Beeston in front but the Saints went on to concede a nap hand with Jack Strudwick striking two sumptuous free kicks with Callum Churm and Ash Maitland also among the scorers.

Beeston’s Reserves of West Yorkshire Alliance ilk fared rather better in walloping Yorkshire Amateur League Division Three visitors, Prospect, 10-0.

Golcar United battered visiting Shelf Juniors 6-1 through a Fraser Beckett hat-trick, a Dennis Cudjoe brace and a Chris Connelly strike.

Fairbank United exited the competition after a 3-2 loss at the West Yorkshire League’s Kellingley Welfare. Shahzad Ahmed fired Fairbank ahead before Hussain Iqbal doubled the lead. Division Two YAL side Shire Academics Reserves just denied Division Four YAL visitors Drighlington Reserves 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw. Shire’s firsts also went through on spot kicks, bagging a 7-6 verdict at home to Settle United after a 1-1 draw.

Alwoodley Reserves faced a tough test at home to Mount St Mary’s and fell to a 5-3 reverse, despite a brace from Andy Shaw and Riccardo Picano strike.

Garforth Crusaders fared better as they won 2-0 at the Whitkirk Wanderers Yorkshire Amateur League side with goals in each half from Scott Fletcher and Harry Coates. North Leeds were beaten 4-0 at home to Shelf United while North Leeds Reserves were blitzed 10-2 by visiting Boroughbridge Reserves.

Sandal Wanderers were seen off 4-0 at Elland United while Rothwell were sent packing 9-1 at home to Tingley Athletic with Garforth Rangers losing at home to Marsden by the same score.