Yorkshire Amateur: Struggling Mods turn heat up on favourites

Steven Wales on a run for Gildersome
Steven Wales on a run for Gildersome
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title favourites Ealandians went top of Senior A after they earned a hard fought 3-0 victory over struggling Old Modernians.

It took until the 65th minute for the Modernians resistance to break when Jacob Driver blasted home a 35-yard free-kick, Modernians continued to defend well but Ben Charlesworth and Matt Parker added gloss to the scoreline in the final five minutes.

Surprise strugglers Leeds Medics and Dentists moved out of the bottom two as they beat title challenging Grangefield OB 2-1. Brad Chambers and Niall Robinson put Medics two goals to the good shortly after the break but Grangefield, despite having a man sent off, pulled one back through Ritchie Banks, but couldn’t find the equaliser which would have kept them at the top.

Fourth-placed FC Headingley missed the opportunity to gain ground on the sides above them as they succumbed to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Stanningley OB.

Stanningley dominated the first half and netted twice early on through leading scorer James Allen, they nearly came to regret not adding to their tally, having hit the woodwork four times, when Matt Raw pulled one back for Headingley but they held on to secure the win.

Trinity and All Saints cruised past bottom of the table Old Batelians, triumphing 6-2 to end their run of four games without a win.

Trinity ran riot in the first half, going into the interval 5-1 up before Batelians regained some measure of control in the second period.

Kris Feather, Dan Morris, Ian Duggleby, with a brace, Dave Kilsby and Adam Kenyon scored for Trinity, with Mark Heseldin and Richard Spink netting the consolation strikes for troubled Batelians, who are now without a win in seven games.

Stanningley OB Reserves went top of Senior B with an impressive 4-2 victory over Beeston OB.

John Mallinson and Luke Harrop both netted twice in the first period as Stanningley cruised into a commanding 4-1 lead at half-time.

Beeston came out stronger in the second half but could only reduce the arrears by one goal, their scorers were Ryan Dawson and Carlton Binks.

St Bede’s celebrated their first point of the season as they held on to a 1-1 draw with Farnley Sports. Wayne Campbell opened the scoring for St Bede’s after 20 minutes and held onto their lead until the second half when Andy Punter levelled matters, Farnley also had a goal disallowed as St Bede’s bravely held on to secure a vital point.

Rodillian inflicted a seventh home defeat in eight games on Collingham Juniors OB with a comfortable 5-3 win.

Rodillian raced into a three goal lead within the opening 20 minutes, and despite a few Collingham strikes, the outcome was never in doubt.

Dan Whincup bagged a brace for Rodillian, with Charlie Holt, Mark Lambert and man of the match Olly Walker, who also made three goals, also getting on the scoresheet, Jordan Riley scored twice and Matt Gouland once for Collingham, who remain in the bottom two.

Leeds Independent finally earned a first win of the season in Division One as they overcame fellow strugglers Garforth Rangers 1-0.

Gerren Fell struck the only goal of the game in the second half to inflict a third straight defeat on Rangers, whilst Independent remain at the bottom of the table, one point behind Old Collegians. Old Centralians came out on top 2-0 in a closely fought mid-table clash with FC Tadcaster, leapfrogging them in the process.

The first half was goalless but Centralians turned it up a notch in the second period as Rob Guthrie curled in the opener and Matty Lambert clinched the game late on.

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

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