West Yorkshire League - Devastating firepower unleashed by top two Ilkley Town and Field
Premier top two, Ilkley Town and Field, unleashed their firepower to devastating effect at the weekend.
Second-placed Field - by virtue of an ‘inferior’ goals difference - enjoyed a nap hand at home to Sherburn White Rose.
It finished 5-0 with goals from Michael O’Brien (2), Jahro Parchment (2) and substitute Eoin Schofield taking the hosts to six wins on the spin.
Top team, Ilkley Town, meanwhile were far to strong for visitors Boroughbridge.
This one-sided encounter ended 9-2 in Town’s favour with Harry Brown, Alfie Heaton, Matt Whitehead and sub’ Tom Smith among the scorers.
Ilkley also hold a 100 per cent record from six outings.
A little farther down the ladder and third-placed Carlton Athletic were given a bit of a fright by hosts Knaresborough Town who are currently second-bottom in the table.
And it was an eventful afternoon for Nathan Dixon who scored Athletic’s winner but was also red carded.
It was something of a red-letter day for Huddersfield Amateur who finally broke their season’s duck after seven outings with a 3-2 victory at Headingley which also moved them off the foot of the table for the first time.
Honours were even in the mid-table contest between Hunslet and Boroughbridge, Omri Linfoot and Stephen Mallory scoring the goals in the 1-1 draw.
Hall Green United’s game with Beeston St Anthony’s was postponed last weekend, but both are back in action on Saturday with potentially tasty ties away and home encounters against Carlton Athletic and Ilkley Town.
In Division One, 10-man Salts still had enough in the tank to topple mid-table Shelley 4-2.
Connor Erangey, Tobias Rawcliffe, Sam Waterhouse and Ben Clarkson, who came on from the bench, scored the goals for Salts.
A goal for Liam Hartley proved vital as lowly Wyke Wanderers managed to steal a welcome but surprise point from a 1-1 draw with visitors Aberford Albion, currently fourth on the league ladder.
Pool saw off visitors Otley Town in their sixth-v-fifth encounter, 4-0 with goals from Jamie Algar, Oliver Metcalfe, Harry Norris and Joshua Wagstaff.
Top-of-the-table Rawdon Old Boys were given a sterner test than they had probably envisaged by hosts Kirk Deighton Rangers.
Rangers are second in the table but gave Rawdon a good run for their money and scored goals through Mason Hawley and Charlie Yates, but the latter’s dismissal for two yellow-card offences wouldn’t have helped their cause.
Old Boys wrapped up their sixth win from seven outings to date this season with goals from Paul Butler, Oliver Nightingale, Sam Boldy and sub’ James Brennan.
G&C Hartshead are rooted to the foot of the table with only one win from three games but they did put in a spirited performance at eight-placed Featherstone Colliery which bodes well for the future.
However, on this occasion it wasn’t quite enough and the visitors were edged out 2-1.
Joe Colley and Jordan Finch scored the goals for eighth-placed Colliery, while substitute William Gough got on the scoresheet for Hartshead.
tenth-placed Altofts notched their first win of the season - 4-1 over Division Two leaders Kellingley Welfare.
Admittedly, Welfare were reduced to 10 men for the last 26 minutes after Elliott Jones was red carded but, nevertheless, it is a significant scalp. James Barrington, Reece Farnhill, Charlie Taylor and Jake Irvine were on target for Altofts, while Kyle Fish scored Welfare’s consolation goal in the 80th minute.
Brighouse Sports took their season’s tally to two wins, two draws and two defeats with an 8-3 victory over bottom club, Howden Clough. Jonah Gosling bagged a hat-trick with Liam Chippendale, Brandon Thompson (2) and subs Alex Hall and Jack Whelan also netting.
Second-bottom hosts Harrogate RA were edged out 2-1 by second-top Laund Hill thanks to goals by Brighton Mugadza and Jordan Peel. Tingley Athletic overturned a 2-1 half-time deficit to defeat hosts Leeds Modernians 3-2. Adam Harkin and Farai Nyamunda (2) secured victory with goals in response to strikes by Daniel Claxton and Sam Griggs.
Jack Griffith scored a hat-trick for Rothwell JF, going down 5-4 at Old Centralians for whom Isaac Collier, Ben Jones (2), James Lee and Aaron Rothery scored the goal. Alexander Noteman also netted for Rothwell.
Swillington Saints Welfare First pipped Overthorpe Sports Club First 2-1 thanks to goals from Harry Fryer and sub’ Matthew Marshall.