Yorkshire Amateur League: Leaders stunned by Trinity clincher

Match action from Trinity v Ealandians.
Match action from Trinity v Ealandians.
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LEADERS Ealandians were shocked 1-0 at Trinity as one of only two games staged in Senior A on Saturday.

A 60th-minute Dan Morris cross was deflected past the Ealandians ’keeper to give Trinity the lead that they protected well with ’keeper Ryan Groves and central defender Ross Wood in sparkling form.

Trinity now sit sixth with Ealandians staying top but only on goal difference ahead of second-placed Grangefield Old Boyd and third-placed Huddersfield Amateur. Amateur joined the teams at the top by enjoying a 5-2 success at home to fourth-placed FC Headingley.

Merlyn Andrews hit a double for fourth-placed Headingley but Chris Binks was at his inimitable best for Amateur and he bagged four goals to make it 13 for the campaign. Joe Simmons added his side’s fifth.

Three games were staged in Senior B with St Bede’s sharing a 1-1 draw with fellow relegation battling visitors Thornesians.

James Gilmartin made a welcome return for basement boys Bedes and opened the scoring in the 80th minute.

Bede’s thought they had their first win of the campaign but conceded a penalty in the 90th minute, duly converted by Mark Wilson for a mightily relieved Thornes who remain third-bottom.

Collingham Juniors Old Boys remain second bottom after a 3-1 loss at a Wigton Moor side up to second.

Wigton opened the scoring after a Ben Thompson shot from 25 yards was deflected home, after which central defender Oscar Lynch doubled the lead by nodding home ten minutes after the break.

But Collingham belied their lowly League position and pulled a goal back in the 70th minute following a counter attack.

It was not until a mazy dribble and shot by Said Osman in the 80th minute that the three points were sewn up by Wigton.

Leeds Medics & Dentists Reserves dropped to third after a 4-1 win at sixth-placed Shire Academics. Sverrir Kristinsson gave Medics an early second half advantage but the prolific Luke Croager converted a soft penalty and then stooped low to head Shire into a 2-1 lead.

Medics then saw a player sent off and firstly Mark Freeman and then Tom Clarke added further Shire strikes.

In Division One, second-placed Beeston St Anthony’s recorded their fifth consecutive victory with a 2-0 success at fourth-bottom sliders FC Tadcaster. Headingley conceded two goals in the last three minutes with the heartache coming courtesy of Patrick Courtney and Sam Broadbent.

Beeston are four points behind leaders Morley Town AFC who saw off ninth-placed visitors Sandal Wanderers 3-0. Man of the match Ashley Thorpe headed Morley into a 30th-minute lead, doubled by Jermaine Savery two minutes later. Savery added the icing on the cake in the 80th minute with his second.

St Nicholas climbed to third with a 5-1 triumph at fifth-placed Old Centralians. Two goals from Luther Dore plus one each from Linval Fearon, Austin Okoro and Ryan Brough saw Nicholas prevail with a Robbie Campbell penalty closing the hosts.

Seven-goals went in at seventh-placed Gildersome Spurs Old Boys who were chinned 4-3 by a Garforth Rangers side up to sitxh. A Kean Varley treble and Dale Swatman strike did the business for Garforth despite home strikes from Lee Thrush, Steve Wales and Mike Durham who initially fired Spurs ahead.

Huddersfield Amateur Reserves moved eighth with a 3-1 win at second-bottom Leeds Independent. Paul Cornthwaite headed Amateur ahead and while Marlon Richards equalised, second half goals for Sam Durkin and Billy Richardson gave Amateur their victory.

Aimi Beresford bagged a decisive brace for Brighouse in the 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers.

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