Yorkshire Amateur League: Basement battlers go close to causing upset

Match action from Amaranth v Colton (SR1003/44c). PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from Amaranth v Colton (SR1003/44c). PIC: Steve Riding
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Bottom of the table Old Batelians were agonisingly close to recording their second win of the season, but in the end had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Alwoodley, writes Forrest Hamilton.

Jermaine Moyce netted a first-half brace, including one from the spot, as they cancelled out Carl Hasty’s opener to go in 2-1 at half-time.

Player/manager Jason Watson equalised in the second half as Alwoodley avoided an upset.

Unbeaten Senior A leaders Gildersome Spurs OB overcame Trinity OB 3-2 in a hard-fought game, the type of game that champions win.

Steve Wales and Nathan Hay scored as they raced into an early lead, but Trinity pulled one back through Adam Kenyon before Ben Keedy restored Spurs’ two goal lead.

With the wind behind them, Trinity scored again through Kris Feather but the leaders withstood the ensuing barrage to secure a well-earned win.

Grangefield OB completed the double over FC Headingley with a 4-1 victory that kept a certain amount of pressure on the dominant leaders.

After a goalless first half, Grangefield blitzed FC Headingley in the second period – Andy Kenyon, Luke Hunter, Grant Jackson and Ritchie Banks all netting to secure a comfortable victory. Leeds Medics’ seven-match winning streak was finally ended by an in form Ealandians who impressively won 4-2.

Dom Finn and Ben Charlesworth put Ealandians into an early two-goal lead before Brad Chambers reduced the deficit.

Colm Hicks made it 2-2 early in the second half, but Charlesworth soon restored Ealandians’ lead with his second. The game was sealed soon after as Medics put the ball in their own net.

Stanningley secured a vital 3-2 win over Old Modernians in their battle against the drop.

Andy Atkins and Steve Tierney scored for Mods and Stanningley respectively before Karl Parkin and John Darke put Stanningley 3-1 up early in the second half, Atkins grabbed his second shortly after, but it was only a consolation.

North East Leeds impressively won 3-2 against Huddersfield Amateur to give themselves a well-timed survival boost.

Amateur led 2-1 at half-time through Luke Grant and Si Bick, but North East Leeds netted twice in the last 10 minutes to secure a much-needed win. Andy Pritchard scored twice and Paul Hewson once.

Calverley United all but secured their Senior B status for next season with a 3-1 over St Bedes which was their fifth in six games.

Scott Driscoll and Gary Trewhitt put Calverley two goals to the good at the break and Driscoll added his second midway through the second half, James Gimartin added a consolation for Bedes late on.

League leaders Farsley Celtic comfortable won their game against Shire Academics 5-1 after their previous hard-fought goalless draw.

Craig Farrand and Luke Kitson put Farsley 2-0 up at half time, Liam Cannon added a third after the break, but Paul Leputa immediately hit back for Shire. Joe Firth and Andy Cooper sealed an easy win for the leaders.

Second-placed Stanningley OB Reserves are just a point behind the leaders after their tight 2-1 derby win over Farnley Sports. John Mallinson took the lead against the run of play for Stanningley, but Adam Butterworth levelled midway through the second half. Stanningley controversially took the lead after Farnley’s keeper spilled the ball in a melee, the referee awarded the goal and Stanningley held on for a vital win.

Rodillian gained three points after defeating Leeds Medics Reserves 2-1 while Wigton Moor boosted their promotion hopes with a 1-0 victory over Thornesians.

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