West Yorkshire League: Hunslet put down big marker to title rivals
Hunslet laid down a marker on day one of the return to West Yorkshire League football with a 3-0 win over visitors Robin Hood Athletic that catapulted them to the top of the Premier ladder.
Omri Linfoot bagged a brace for the hosts with Joseph Edmonds’ effort making it three without reply.
Boroughbridge also brought their goalscoring boots along to the mass restart, notching a 4-2 home success over Beeston St Anthony.
’Bridge led 2-0 at half-time and ‘doubled their money’ after the break - just as well since Beeston buckled up and knuckled down in the second half and were rewarded with two goals, scored by Mick Hill and Jake Topp. Connor Kitching, Gabe Hopkinson, Jonathan Maulin and Christopher Simpson were on the mark for Boroughbridge.
Carlton Athletic didn’t get off to the flying start they would have hoped for on home turf; they were held to 1-1 by visitors Field.
Warren Carr was on target for Athletic.
In terms of geograpical derbies in the top flight, Hall Green United versus Huddersfield Amateur is about as close as neighbours can get. United eventually emerged from this ‘derby’ 2-1 victors after the sides had been deadlocked up to and beyond half-time at one apiece.
Jamie Miller and Billy Mole netted for Hall Green with Sam Halstead’s goal keeping Amateur in the hunt.
There were goals galore with hosts Headingley AFC and Ilkley Town sharing six straight down the middle.
Jamie Bywater, Oliver Carter and Richard Sadler scored goals for Headingley that were cancelled out by the visitors’ Harry Brown, Joe Chilaka and sub’ Tom Smith.
On Saturday, leaders Hunslet travel to Ilkley Town, Carlton Athletic make the short trip ‘across the road’ to Robin Hood Athletic, Beeston St Anthony host Hall Green United, Field entertain Horbury Town, and Huddersfield Amateur are scheduled to take on Boroughbridge.
In Division 1, leaders Wyke Wanderers matched the top-flight trailblazers with their own 3-0 success at Kirk Deighton Rangers who, like Robin Hood in the tier above, are now rooted to the foot of the table by virtue of goals difference.
Martin Hall, Kai Green and Loui Sterling netted for the visitors. Otley Town managed to keep hosts Rawdon Old Boys in check until after the break, at least, when the visitors leaked two goals by Christopher Softley without reply, while G&C Hartshead played out a goalless draw with visitors Wetherby Athletic.
Ben Clarkson and Mark Hoban hit one apiece in a 2-0 victory for Salts over visiting East End Park. A red card for James Collings didn’t do Aberford Albion any favours and they subsequently went down 3-1 at Shelley.
Craig Billington struck twice for the hosts and Ricardo Ianzito bagged the other while Dominic Noteman netted what turned out to be a consolation goal for Albion.
This coming weekend’s Division 1 schedule has Aberford Albion at home to Salts, East End Park tackling Shelley, Kirk Deighton Rangers travelling to Otley Town, Pool AFC paired with G&C Hartshead, and Wetherby Athletic at home to Rawdon Old Boys.
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