Gildersome Spurs Old Boys continued their inexorable march to the Senior A title with a destructive 10-0 win over Old Modernians, writes Forrest Hamilton.
Ben Keedy was the star of the show for Spurs as he bagged four goals and three assists. Matt Jackson also netted a hat-trick after Nathan Hay, Mark Bedford and Matty Moon has put Spurs three goals to the good within the opening 15 minutes.
Spurs are three points clear at the top with three games in hand over nearest rivals Grangefield.
Grangefield at least managed to stay in touch with Spurs at the top with a comfortable 2-0 victory over FC Headingley. Luke Hunter netted early on and Grangefield really should have gone further ahead before Ritchie Banks sealed the win with an 84th minute strike.
Andrew Kenyon struck a second-half hat-trick for Trinity Old Boys as they overcame struggling Stanningley OB 4-0 to move fifth. Trinity were indebted to their keeper Ryan Groves, who won the man of the match award despite Kenyon’s outstanding second half display.
Leeds Medics won their seventh successive game as they edged past bottom of the table Old Batelians 3-2 to go third. James Williams netted twice in the first half to give Medics a comfortable 2-0 lead, Jermaine Moyce and Richard Bentley hit back for Batelians but Brad Chambers ensured Medics’ fantastic run goes on.
North East Leeds moved out of the bottom two and leapfrogged fellow relegation candidates Alwoodley with a tense 1-0 win.
Ross Mackenley netted the only goal of the game for North East Leeds as they boosted their survival hopes with a vital win which leaves Alwoodley in the bottom two, although they do have four games in hand.
In the Terry Marflitt Trophy, Ealandians required extra time to overcome a resilient Farsley Celtic Juniors side 1-0. Farsley are having an outstanding season in Senior B and nearly won the game late on when Andy Cooper hit the woodwork, Ealandians came through in the end against their youthful opponents as Rob Gerrard headed a 114th minute winner.
With Farsley out of action, Leeds Medics Reserves took the opportunity to go back top of Senior B, easing past St Bedes AFC 4-0. Alan Salter bagged a hat-trick, his first goals of the season, with Stewart Malley netting the other for Medics, who are one point ahead of Farsley having played three games more.
Struggling Beeston Old Boys were no match for title challenging Stanningley Old Boys Reserves, who were in fine form during their 6-0 win. Jack Kitson netted twice, with John Mallinson, Luke Harrop, defender Dave Webb and Danny Holmes also striking in a comfortable win for the visitors, who are now just a point behind title favourites Farsley.
Wigton Moor ensured their hopes of promotion stayed alive with a narrow 1-0 win over Calverley, who succumbed to their first loss in four games. After a goalless first half, good work by Moor’s leading scorer Danny Lyons set up Ben Walker to head home the winning goal.
Farnley Sports secured an important 3-2 win over Shire Academics, creating a four point gap between the sides in fifth and sixth place.
Adam Butterworth put Farnley ahead but Shaun Wheatley soon levelled for Shire, Danny Sharpe and Butterworth put Farnley 3-1 ahead in the second half and a late Ari Nurmi goal turned out to be merely consolation.
Thornesians secured a vital win in their quest to avoid relegation as they narrowly beat fellow strugglers Rodillian 1-0.
Rodillian were reduced to ten men early in the second half and Thornesians made their numerical advantage pay as Chris Wildie netted the only goal of the game.