Yorkshire Amateur League: Grangefield hit for six as closest rivals take charge

HOT SHOTS: Morley Town defeated Gildersome Spurs Reserves 5-2.
HOT SHOTS: Morley Town defeated Gildersome Spurs Reserves 5-2.
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Ealandians thrashed Senior A leaders Grangefield 6-0 to move just three points behind the table toppers, and with two games in hand, take charge of the title race.

Grangefield squandered numerous first-half chances and were made to pay for their profligacy when James Flower headed home the opener before half-time.

Ealandians moved up a gear in the second half as they extended their advantage through a Wayne Crossley penalty, two strikes from Rob Gerrard, an own goal and the final nail in the coffin coming from substitute Matty Parker.

Gildersome Spurs, meanwhile, remain unbeaten and in the title hunt after they cruised past bottom-of-the-table Old Batelians 5-1.

Despite the scoreline, goalkeeper Michael Smith was the standout performer for Batelians, denying Spurs on countless occasions and limiting the scoreline to just 3-0 at the interval, the goals coming from Matty Jackson and Ben Keedy.

Batelians briefly looked like mounting a comeback as they reduced the arrears to 3-1 through Michael Heseldin early in the second period but Keedy bagged his second and Lee Thrush added the fifth to round off a comfortable win for Spurs.

Stanningley moved to within a point of North East Leeds after they triumphed 3-0 over the visitors at the weekend.

Stanningley dominated the midfield early on and made their superiority count as Brad Burrow and James Allen both netted from crosses to put the hosts into a commanding early lead before Steve Tierney finished the contest in the second half.

Huddersfield Amateur were indebted to a marvellous hat-trick from 16-year-old Isaac Baldwin as they came from behind to beat struggling Old Modernians 4-3.

Jonny Hicks and Danny Forrest put Modernians ahead at half-time but Baldwin took the game by the scruff off the neck in the second half, first he equalised following a corner before putting Amateur ahead with a sumptuous 25-yard lob.

Forrest restored parity for Mods with his second but Baldwin had the final say, netting the winner with a stunning free-kick from 45 yards out.

St Bedes remain at the bottom of the Senior B table without a point after they were comprehensively thrashed 8-0 by Beeston OB.

Ryan Dawson struck four goals with George Lazaro, Karl Handley, Joe Boylen and Carlton Binks also getting on the scoresheet for Beeston.

Title-challenging Stanningley Old Boys Reserves overcame a scare against second-bottom outfit Collingam Juniors Old Boys, eventually running out 4-2 winners. Jordan Reilly and Jamie Rowlands twice put Collingham ahead, either side of an own goal.

But Chris Cairns, Dave Webb and John Mallinson all netted from set-plays to keep Stanningley on track to claim the Senior B trophy from Medics Reserves.

Beeston St Anthony's star stopper, Alex Houghton. PIC: Beeston SA

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