Yorkshire Amateur League: Grangefield defeat holders in final to net trophy ‘first’

Action from Wigton Moor v Farsley Celtic Juniors' (10040120d). PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Wigton Moor v Farsley Celtic Juniors' (10040120d). PIC: Steve Riding
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Grangefield Old Boys bagged their first-ever Senior silverware when they won Wednesday night’s Marflitt Trophy by defeating the previous holders Ealandians 2-0 at Farsley AFC.

Grangefield dominated from the start with their goals netted by Ritchie Banks and man of the match Josh Spencer whose left footed free kick from 25 yards was brilliantly hit into the keeper’s

It was a slightly more mundane affair for second-placed Senior A side Grangefield on Saturday when they defeated third-bottom visitors North East Leeds 3-1. Ritchie Banks and Grant Jackson netted in the first half before North East Leeds equalised in the 60th minute.

The two goal margin was restored by a Matty Tomlinson goal five minutes later.

In Senior B, already promoted league leaders Farsley Celtic Juniors edged a 4-3 classic at third-placed Wigton Moor.

Farsley opened the scoring through Ben Cook but Danny Lyons soon equalised with Leroy Watson putting Wigton ahead at the far post after a long throw.

It needed a special goal to restore parity and this was supplied by Andy Cooper with a mazy dribble along the touchline and finished with a super shot.

After half-time, 16-year-old James Firth gave Farsley the lead that was added to by Adam Jesusco after splendid build up play from Ben Cook.

In the dying embers, Senior B leading scorer Danny Lyons added his second goal and his 28th for the campaign.

Second-placed Stanningley Old Boys remain just two points behind Farsley after an 8-0 walloping of visiting Rodillian.

Luke Harrop and John Mallinson bagged braces with James Kitson, Paul Reason, Dave Webb and Jimmy Harrop adding one apiece. Stanningley meet Farsley in a likely title decider on the final day of the season.

Elsewhere, Beeston Old Boys finished their season in style by defeating relegation haunted Collingham Juniors Old Boys 8-1.

Beeston’s Steve Bradshaw and Tom Bronski bagged hat-tricks with Karl Handley adding a brace. Matt Gouland replied for Collingham who are third bottom after completing all their fixtures.

Shire Academics beat visiting Calverley United 4-3 in a mid-table dead rubber.

The scorers for Shire were Mark Freeman with a brace plus Jimi Walker and Sean Wheatley. On the ball for Calverley were James Hastings, Gary Trewhitt and Steve Wells.

Bottom club St Bedes were condemned to relegation after a 3-2 loss at Farsley Sports who trailed 2-1 at the break to goals from Danny Williamson and Tahir Akram. Shane Gaunt, Adam Butterworth and Danny Sharpe fired the winning Farsley ammunition.

In Division One, already promoted Morley Town AFC took a step nearer the title when they defeated close rivals and third placed St Nicholas 5-4. St Nicholas dashed into a 3-0 lead but Morley recovered well with man of the match Shane Sowden notching a hat trick supported by Kev Mackay and Jon Wilmshurst. The goals for St Nicholas came from Keenan Radcliff with two plus Daniel Fuller and Ryan Brough. Beeston St Anthony’s are four points behind Morley Town after their shock 4-3 home defeat inflicted by Garforth Rangers. Two goals from Scott Harding plus one each from Adam Wood and Paul Phipps secured the surprise.

Both Almondburians and Colton Institute are confirmed as promoted from Division Two with Grangefield Old Boys Reserves losing 3-1 at Old Mondernians Reserves.

Ben Jones, left of Old Centralians and Matthew Martin of Swillington challenge.

Slideshow: Swillington v Old Centralians