Yorkshire Amateur League: Magnificent Celtic defy odds to reclaim top spot

Lewis Hirst, of Churwell, is tackled by Alex Hull, of Old Centralians during Saturday's Yorkshire Amateur League encounter.  PIC: Steve Riding
Lewis Hirst, of Churwell, is tackled by Alex Hull, of Old Centralians during Saturday's Yorkshire Amateur League encounter. PIC: Steve Riding
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FARSLEY CELTIC Juniors returned to the top of the Premier Division by defying both the elements and opposition in Saturday’s 7-1 defeat of visiting Trinity & All Saints Old Boys.

Defeat left the visitors fourth-bottom but manager Robbie Pearsons insists Trinity will bounce back.

Just two games in the Yorkshire Amateur League survived Saturday’s dreadful weather with the 3G pitch at Bradford Academy saving the day as far as Farsley were concerned.

And Celtic were soon in the ascendancy with the hosts establishing a two-goal lead with a superb team goal netted by Liam Cannon after the help of Ben Tempest and Chad Morris before Ryan Collett added the second.

Trinity pulled a goal back before half-time thanks to Steve Travers, but Farsley turned on the style after the interval with seven different individuals eventually getting on the scoresheet.

The home side’s third goal was a 20-yard cracker from Rob Cromack with debutant Jordan Grimes adding the fourth.

Also hitting the back of the net were the second team’s 34-goal top scorer Steve Wells plus Paul Dockerty and Louis Surtees.

Juniors are one point clear of Leeds Medics & Dentists and with a game in hand, but both third-placed champions Farnley Sports and fourth-placed unbeaten title chasers Ealandians will overtake the both of them if they win their games in hand.

Trinity are still three points clear of the dropzone and boss Pearson insisted: “Even though it was a big defeat I think we’ll come back from this result.

“Chris Bowden got our man of the match. As captain he worked very hard today in difficult circumstances.”

The league’s only other completed game came in Division Two with Churwell Lions 6-1 winners at home to fourth-bottom Old Collegians on another 3G pitch at Bruntcliffe High School which still had to have water brushed off it.

Luke Gough was at the double for Churwell who also netted through Kieran Williams, Andy Megson, Ash Chapman and Lewis Hirst to move third.

After losing their first two matches of the campaign, Churwell have now gone seven matches without defeat and that includes six victories.

They are now two points behind local rivals Gildersome Spurs but have played one game more.

A third game on Soldiers Field between North Leeds Reserves and Shire Academics 3rds lasted for 52 minutes in Division Five before being abandoned with Shire leading the fixture 3-0.

Kingsley Wetherald of Beeston tries to win the ball against Horbury Town.

Photo gallery: Match action and goals from the weekend’s games around Leeds and West Yorkshire