West Yorkshire League - McKinley bridges the gap as Headingley salvage a Premier point
Jonathan McKinley popped up a minute from time to salvage a point and something of a Premier division scalp for Headingley at Boroughbridge.
Christopher Simpson had given second-placed Boroughbridge a first-half lead but Headingley currently in eighth place on the ladder, dug deep and were rewarded at the death.
Bridge are now five points behind leaders, Beeston St Anthony, but have a couple of games in hand to make up for the dropped points last Saturday against Headingley.
Beeston, meanwhile, saw off visiting sixth-placed Hunslet 3-1, fifth-placed Field edged out Robin Hood Athletic 2-1, and fourth-placed Horbury Town slipped up at home to Huddersfield Amateur who needed just the one goal to secure maximum points.
In Division 1, fifth-placed Aberford Albion turned up the heat in the second half to see off visitors Wetherby Athletic, 4-1, after leading by just one goal at half-time.
Dominic Blair, James Collings, Dominic Noteman and substitute David Khalastchi were the Aberford goal scorers, with Anthony Walsh on target for the visitors.
Wyke Wanderers leapfrogged hosts East End Park into sixth place in the standings following their 2-1 away victory last Saturday. Hoi Pin Truong and James Wright scored the visitors’ goals while Park had to deal with the red-card dismissal of Luke Coates.
Current divisional runners-up G&C Hartshead made light work of mid-table hoss Otley Town, winning 3-0 with goals from Joel Farrer, Jack Rogerson and sub’ Benjamin Smith.
Rawdon OB maintained their three-point cushion over G&C with a 3-0 win of their own, over visitors Pool AFC.
Craig Nicholls bagged a brace of goals with on-song Lewis Nightingale also on target for the hosts.
Third-placed Salts saw off hosts Shelley 2-0 to keep the top two in sight. Salts also have a game in hand on Rawdon and Hartshead.
Drama unfolded in the final few minutes of Ripon City First’s Division 2 game at fifth-placed Laund Hill FC First where it finished 2-0.
Laund Hill were reduced to 10 players when Joe Fitzpatrick picked up his second yellow card.
The sides had turned around goalless and, even against 10 men, it took Ripon until the 85th minute to break the deadlock, Adam Haswell opening the scoring then Kyle Fox doubling the tally four minutes into stoppage time.
And the divisional drama didn’t stop there as second-placed Brighouse Sports were involved in an 11-goal thriller with bottom club Howden Clough.
Incredibly, Sports only edged the contest - 6-5.
Leaders Swillington Saints Welfare 1st, meanwhile, made light work of mid-table visitors Rothwell Juniors First.
David Bell, Josh Findlay, Matthew Ireland and Tim Robertson scored the goals in a 4-1 win.
The game between 10th-placed hosts, Overthorpe Sports Club, and Tingley Athletic FC 1st - in 11th in the standings - went the way of the home side, 2-0.
Two goals from Matthew O’Keefe turned the tables for fourth-placed Old Centralians First at Kellingley Welfare First, who are currently third on the ladder.
Both are on 15 points after seven games with Welfare maintaining a better goals difference.
Saturday’s scorer for the hosts was Regan Fish.
Philip Daniels and Mikey Hall were on target for travellers Leeds Modernians in their 2-1 win at Altofts.
In Alliance Division 1, Hall Green United Res overran hosts Huddersfield Amateur Res 9-1 after leading 7-0 at half-time.
Elsewhere, Headingley AFC Res beat Otley Town Res 3-1, Hunslet Club Res lost out 3-1 at home to Beeston SA Res, Robin Hood Athletic and Field Res drew four apiece, and Aberford Albion defeated hosts Salts, 2-1.
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