Old Modernians secured a crucial victory in their quest to avoid relegation from Senior A as they cruised to a 6-2 win over fellow strugglers North East Leeds, writes Forrest Hamilton.
With the game being played on a 3G pitch, Modernians settled faster, racing into a 3-0 lead by the interval.
Andy Atkins netted four times for Mods, with Si Lewis and Ryan Unsworth also getting on the scoresheet.
Lee Nutton added two late consolation strikes for North East Leeds, who drop into the relegation zone, one point behind Mods, although they do have three games in hand.
Leeds Medics heaped more misery on Old Batelians as they crushed the bottom club 7-0. Colm Hicks and Alex Monks both bagged braces for Medics, who won their fourth game on the trot after a stuttering start to the season, whilst Sam Hinchcliffe, Brad Chambers and Niall Robinson also found the net in an impressive Medics victory.
Gildersome Spurs Old Boys went out of the Wheatley Cup at the quarter final stage after the three time winners succumbed to Wyke Wanderers by a single goal.
After going 1-0 down, Lee Thrush had the opportunity to level matters in the 80th minute but he sent his penalty flying over the bar.
In Senior B, Farsley Celtic Juniors further enhanced their title credentials with a dogged 2-1 victory over Rodillian.
Rodillian went ahead after just three minutes through Luke Playford, but Farsley were soon level through recent signing Louis Surtees. Craig Farrand slotted home a 78th minute penalty to make it 2-1 to Farsley, who had two men sent off in the second half, and had to endure a Rodillian barrage in the final ten minutes.
In Division One, Leeds Medics Thirds boosted their survival hopes with a dramatic 4-3 win over Old Centralians. Rob Guthrie and Tom McGarry both netted for Centralians as they twice pegged back Medics, who looked to have sealed the contest with a penalty ten minutes from time.
Ed Taylor netted an injury-time equaliser for Centralians but there was still time, after Centralians’ wild celebrations, for Medics to edge ahead for the final time. Tom Dowsett, playing in an unfamiliar midfield role scored a hat-trick for Medics, with Patrick Knight also netting.
Colton Institute extended their lead at the top of Division Two to 14 points after they narrowly saw off Leeds Medics Fourths 1-0. Rob Ashworth struck for the leaders after just eight minutes as they secured their fourth clean sheet of the campaign.
Second placed Almondburians lost more ground on the leaders as they could only manage a 3-3 draw against Woodkirk Valley. Gary Lumb and Adam Taylor gave Almondburians an early lead and they were 3-1 up with ten minutes to go after Adam Lightowlers restored their two goal lead following Chris Swithenbank’s strike. But Mark Pickersgill and Marc Barnes both found the net inside the last five minutes to salvage a point for the title chasers.
A solitary Richard Hoole strike was enough to secure victory for Old Modernians Thirds against Thornesians Reserves in Division Three.
Division Four leaders Churwell Lions defied gale force winds to win 7-5 over Thornesians 3rds. Adam Land, Jaz Covington and Joe Cooke put Thornesians 5-1 up at the break but Ashley Oates bagged a hat-trick and Joe Hill a brace with Ben Barstow and Josh Cruddace also scoring as Lions staged a remarkable comeback.