Yorkshire Amateur League: Banks’ goals rush helps account for Old Batelians

Action from Stanningley OB Res v  Shire (''100393a). PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Stanningley OB Res v Shire (''100393a). PIC: Steve Riding
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RITCHIE Banks bagged a quickfire hat-trick for the second week running as title-chasing Grangefield Old Boys romped to an 8-0 success at Old Batelians in Senior A.

Banks netted in the fifth, eighth and 23rd minute before further goals arrived through Andy Kenyon with a pair plus Si Rothery, Tom Pickup and James Kemp.

Grangefield were then boosted by discovering that leaders Gildersome Spurs Old Boys had only drawn 1-1 at Stanningley Old Boys.

Spurs led through an unstoppable drive from Steve Wales but super sub Danny Barnes restored parity with his volley.

Spurs lead the pile by just a point but they have three games in hand on second-placed Grangefield.

Ealandians are nine points further back in third after a 4-2 success at fifth-placed FC Headingley. Ben Charlesworth hit a triple for Ealandians with the other goal coming from Wayne Crossley.

Luke Butler and Merlyn Andrews struck for Headingley who were 5-4 winners at Ealandians last weekend.

Leeds Medics & Dentists sit fourth after a 4-0 win against third-bottom North East Leeds.

The first 25 minutes were tight but firstly Colm Hick and secondly Sammy Bzeu netted before the interval.

Bzeu was in impressive form and he earned the penalty converted by Jonny McGahan before Hick added his second.

Trinity & All Saints Old Boys emerged triumphant from a mid-table battle at home to Huddersfield Amateur which finished 2-1.

Trinity goals were notched by Andy Kenyon and Nick Sheehan before half-time with the response from Amateur coming in the 80th minute from substitute Anthony Wadsworth.

Alwoodley dropped to seventh after a 3-0 loss at Old Modernians who still finish the season second bottom.

Si Lewis bagged two for the hosts with James Kent also netting.

In Senior B, bottom of the table St Bedes surprised everyone by taking a point in a 2-2 draw at leaders and title favourites Farsley Celtic Juniors.

Farsley opened the scoring when Sam Bradley burst through the Bedes defenders in a crowded goalmouth to convert a Craig Farrand corner.

But Bedes levelled through an own goal and then led through a James Pace header.

Ben Cook then headed home an equaliser for Farsley who are now just two points ahead of second-placed Stanningley Old Boys Reserves.

Stanningley were 2-0 winners at home to sixth-placed Shire Academics.

Stanningley led through commanding central defender Dave Webb midway through the first half who ran from the edge of the penalty area to time his header to perfection from a Luke Harrop corner.

After Shire lost influential Alberto Martinez to injury, an own goal then made the game safe.

Leeds Medics And Dentists Reserves moved up to fourth with a 4-0 verdict at home to Calverley United who stay seventh.

Alex Howard, James White, sub Patrick Knight and locum attacker defender Tom Dowsett all found the net for Medics.

Fourth-bottom Beeston Old Boys edged out fellow relegation battling visitors Thornesians in a 6-4 cracker.

Thornesians now sit second bottom despite a hat-trick from Joe Cook and a Ben Austin strike.

On the ball for Batelians were Ryan Dawson with a treble as well as Tom Bronski with a brace and an own goal.

Collingham Juniors Old Boys jumped above Thornesians into tenth after winning their second game on the trot when defeating eighth-placed hosts Rodillian 2-1. Charlie Holt put Rodillian ahead but Richard Metcalfe equalised from a penalty and Matt Gouland headed in the winner.

There’s a big game for the league this evening when Grangefield Old Boys take on FC Headingley at Crawshaw School in the quarter finals of the Yorkshire Old Boys Shield.

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