Yorkshire Amateur League: Farnley rewrite history books with perfect year

Grangefield OB v Ealandians Yorkshire Amateur League Premier Division sat 9th may 2015 Grant Jackson scores the winner in the 2-1 win from the penalty spot
Grangefield OB v Ealandians Yorkshire Amateur League Premier Division sat 9th may 2015 Grant Jackson scores the winner in the 2-1 win from the penalty spot
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Farnley Sports have become only the third team in Yorkshire Amateur League history to have completed their campaign with a 100 per cent record.

The Championship winners rounded off their campaign as Saturday’s 4-0 success at home to third-placed Beeston Old Boys made it 22 wins out of 22. That achievements emulates the perfect 1966-67 Leeds College of Education side who also won all 22 games to bag the Senior B crown. Cents 3rds also went 18 games undefeated in 1968-69 in Division Four with league vice-president Brian Peel in the team.

Fourty-six years on, Adam Butterworth bagged a hat-trick for Sports to allow him to share the Championship Golden Boot with Luke Playford of promoted Rodillian. Andy Punter also netted for Farnley who have scored 81 goals and conceded just 26.

Third-bottom Thornesians were already safe and finished the season on a high with a 5-2 success at mid-table Old Batelians thanks to a treble from Curtis Cunningham plus a goal each from Ryan Dobson and 16-year-old Kane Whitaker. James Moyce netted twice for Batelians.

Fifth-placed Beeston St Anthony’s concluded with a 4-1 win at eighth-placed Shire Academics thanks to a brace from Luke Boyes plus a Jamie Hemingway strike and an own goal. Mark Freeman notched the Shire consolation.

Recently crowned Premier Division champions Ealandians bagged the Yorkshire Old Boys’ shield for the third time in six seasons with Wednesday night’s 5-4 defeat of Stanningley Old Boys on penalties after a 2-2 draw after extra-time. Defeat was harsh on Stanningley’s Ryan Sharrocks who bagged a brace but goals from Rob Gerard and Matty Parker took Ealandians to the shoot-out where they thrived thanks rangy outfield player Jacob Driver, taking over from the usual keeper, the shorter in stature, Damian Parry, in goal.

Ealandians lost their unbeaten league record three days later with a 2-1 loss at Terry Marflitt Trophy winners Grangefield Old Boys who finish fourth.

Ealandians led through Matty Parker but were undone by late goals from Ritchie Banks and Grant Jackson. Fifth-placed hosts Leeds Medics defeated FC Headingley 2-0 with a strike from golden boot winner Brad Chambers and a George Lawson penalty.

Sixth-placed Alwoodley ended with a 5-3 triumph at fourth-bottom Stanningley Old Boys thanks to a treble from Graham Shaw plus goals from Cori Hendrickson and Geoff Clarkson. James Allen was at the double for Stanningley whose Rob Nicholson also netted.

James Chadwick shoots for Leeds Medics and Dentists under pressure from Jimmy Halliday, of Stanningley OB, during Saturday's Yorkshire Amateur League Premier Division encounter. PIC: Steve Riding

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