Yorkshire Amateur League: Grangefield create their own piece of Trophy history

Grant Jackson scores from the penalty spot forGrangefield OB (SR100360f). PIC: Steve Riding
Grant Jackson scores from the penalty spot forGrangefield OB (SR100360f). PIC: Steve Riding
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GRANGEFIELD Old Boys sealed a place in their first-ever Marflitt Trophy final with Saturday’s 3-0 impressive win against North East Leeds at Old Modernians.

Grangefield breezed into a 20th-minute lead through Grant Jackson who coolly slotted home a penalty after being brought down in the area.

Ritchie Banks then doubled Grangefield’s lead from a goalmouth scramble on the stroke of half-time and a comfortable victory was sealed ten minutes from time by Matty Dalton’s first goal for the club.

Grangefield will play Ealandians in the final on April 23 at Farsley AFC with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Grangefield remain second in Senior A with leaders Gildersome Spurs now six points clear after Saturday’s 5-1 against plucky fifth-placed visitors Huddersfield Amateur.

Sam Frankland fired Spurs ahead but after Ben Keedy’s leveller, Spurs were reduced to 10 men when Dave Denison was sent off.

Gildersome then had to survive an away onslaught but Huddersfield’s Joe Simmons was then giving his marching orders and that proved the turning point with substitute Mike Hall then bagging a match-winning brace.

Spurs have won 12 and drawn one of their 13 games played and lead Senior A by six points from Grangefield with the latter having played two games more.

Ealandians moved third after scraping a 3-1 triumph at home to basement boys Old Batelians.

Ealandians led 2-0 at half time thanks to a Wayne Crossley header and Ben Charlesworth who added another five minutes after the break.

Batelians then pulled a goal back after 60 minutes through Stu Otway.

At the other end of the table, Alwoodley jumped to ninth after squeezing past Old Modernians 4-3 after trailing 3-2.

Modernians – who had a player sent off – are now second-bottom despite netting through Josh Smith, James Douglas and Si Lewis.

Geoff Clarkson scrambled home a match-winning brace for Alwoodley whose Dino Mulavdic and Martin Thompson also netted.

Stanningley Old Boys kicked further clear of the dropzone with a 7-1 romp at home to FC Headingley. Craig Harris and Steve Tierney, with one penalty, both notched braces for Stanningley who were helped out by two own goals.

Stanningley man of the match James Allen also netted while also missing an open goal.

Farsley Celtic Juniors strengthened their Senior B title push with a 5-1 win at home to Stanningley Old Boys Reserves who drop to third. Celtic hailed five different scorers in Sam Bradley, Andy Cooper, Luke Gordon, Ben Cook and Craig Farrand who struck a penalty. Luke Harrop netted for Stanningley when they were 3-0 down.

Wigton Moor went second with a 6-1 romp at Beeston Old Boys thanks to a Danny Lyons treble, a Del Onyett double and a Leroy Watson strike.

Farnley Sports jumped to fourth with a 6-2 success at third-bottom Thornesians. Treble-up Shane Gaunt, Danny Sharpe, Andy Punter and Adam Butterworth all netted for Sports with Kirk Antcliff and Joe Cook on target for Thornes.

Calverley United edged a 1-0 success from a mid-table battle with Shire Academics. The winner came after 66 minutes through skipper Tom Westerman who drove home from a Steven Wells cross. Only quality keeping from Will Hardcastle and stoic defence marshalled by Phil Coates then kept Shire at bay.Second-bottom St Bedes were edged out 4-3 at eigth-placed Rodilian who raced into a 4-1 lead. Scorers for Rodillian were Ollie Walker, Paul Cuss, Charlie Holt and debutante Rob Hirst. Bedes’ scorers were Kyle McGinnis, Danny Williamson and Ty Akram.

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