West Yorkshire League: Carlton and Beeston over the moon with league starts

Two-goal Beeston scorer Matty Moon.
Two-goal Beeston scorer Matty Moon.
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CARLTON ATHLETIC and Beeston St Anthony’s will look to continue their perfect starts to the new West Yorkshire League season on Wednesday night, with both sides on nine points out of a possible nine, writes LEE SOBOT.

Defending champions Beeston recorded their third-straight win of the new campaign with Saturday’s 4-3 triumph at Pool as Matty Moon’s brace was supported by a goal each from Stephen Crawford and Joe Hill.

Strikes from Temilade Ajimoko, Grant Bligh and Nicholas Hewitt were in vain for Pool who had recorded their first win of the new season with the previous Wednesday’s 2-1 success at Ilkley Town.

Beeston blew away visiting Robin Hood Athletic 4-0 the same evening and will look to make it four wins out of four at home to rock-bottom Hunslet Club on Wednesday.

But last year’s runners-up Carlton Athletic lead the division on goal difference, largely thanks to last Wednesday’s 5-1 blitzing of visiting Hunslet.

The home side’s Thomas Greaves, Joseph Kenny, Kris Robertshaw, Tom Griffiths and Scott Burns all netted, with Carlton then enjoying a 2-0 verdict at home to Sherburn White Rose on Saturday.

Athletic now make the trip to Robin Hood Athletic on Wednesday night.

Third-placed Horbury Town will be hoping to cash in on any slip ups, with Horbury two points adrift of the leading pair after being held to a 3-3 draw by visiting Knaresborough Town on Saturday.

Former champions Field are a further point back in fourth, ahead of Ilkley Town on goal difference and Leeds City who are another point back in fifth.

East End Park and Hall Green United are the only two teams to have picked up nine points out of nine in Division One while Rawdon Old Boys, Ossett Albion and AFC Horsforth have all won two out of two in Division Two.

Huddersfield YMCA are leading the way in the West Riding County Amateur League top flight with seven points from their first three games.

West Horton lead Division Two with seven points from three games but Thornton United and Wakefield City have both won two out of two.

The Leeds Combination League – Leeds’ biggest Sunday league – begins on the first weekend in September, as does the Yorkshire Amateur League.