West Yorkshire League - Nightingale spot on with winner for Rawdon Old Boys

Rawdon Old Boys head the Division 1 table but they had to get there the hard way thanks to tenacious visitors East End Park.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 5:28 am
West Yorkshire League Division 1 table toppers, Rawdon OB, enjoyed a 2-1 win over visitors East End Park with a late penalty from Oliver Nightingale. Picture: Steve Riding.

Rawdon had to come from a goal down at half-time and needed a penalty late in the second half to clinch it.

Substitute Craig Nicholls levelled matters and Oliver Nightingale kept a cool head to nestle home the penalty winner over the mid-table visitors.

Second-placed G&C Hartshead now trail Rawdon by three points after they were edged out 1-0 at Aberford Albion.

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Rawdon Old Boys' goalscorer Craig Nicholls escapes the cutches of East End Park goalkeeper Graeme Ryan. Picture: Steve Riding.

Dominic Noteman netted the winner for the third-placed hosts who now stand level on points with Hartshead.

All the top three have now played four matches while fourth-placed Salts have a game in hand and are only a point of adrift of the two teams placed directly above them on the ladder.

Salts beat hosts Otley Town 3-0 last Saturday to keep the pressure on the top three, achieved courtesy of goals from Mathew Cavanagh and Alexander Stewart (2).

Pool kept pace with higher-placed Kirk Deighton Rangers. It finished two apiece with Joshua Wagstaff and Josh Waite netting for the hosts and Craig Hall and Jonathan Smith scoring for Rangers.

Rawdon goalscorer Craig Nicholls steers a shot past East End Park defender Jamie Hainsworth. Picture: Steve Riding.

Fifth-placed Wyke Wanderers were indebted to substitutes Leon Enright and Thomas Skelly whose goals secured a 2-2 draw at Shelley.

In the Premier Division, joint leaders Beeston St Anthony made light work of Huddersfield Amateur, beating the bottom club 4-1.

Amateur are without a win after four games and already look to be in trouble, while Saints hold top spot by virtue of winning three of their four outings to date and holding a better goals difference over second-placed Hall Green United.

Hall Green were also 4-1 winners, at home to sixth-placed Field after turning around with the game evenly balanced at one apiece.

Jaydan Sandhu scored early in the first half while two goals from Tom Fowler midway through the second half turned the game fully United’s way.

Clifton Firth made it four moments before being replaced seven minutes from time.

Ten-man Horbury Town edged out Hunslet 2-1 at the Slazenger sports complex.

Alieu Ceesay and Robert Evans netted for the fourth-placed hosts who now have seven points, leaving them just two off the pacesetters.

Adam Simpson scored in reply for Hunslet, who still sit comfortably in mid-table despite the setback.

Third-placed Ilkley Town are also keeping the pressure on the top two with their 4-0 win at Boroughbridge.

It wasn’t all plain sailing, however, as the fifth-placed hosts managed to keep the game goalless up to half-time.

But second-half strikes from Joe Chilaka, George Gomersall and substitute Kevin Gonzalez (2) put the game to bed.

There are Premier games scheduled for tonight (Wednesday). Beeston take on Horbury Town, Hunslet entertain Boroughbridge, Hall Green United travel to Robin Hood Athletic, Field play host to Headingley and Carlton Athletic are back in action at Ilkley Town.

These fixtures are, of course, subject to change so the advice is to check the FA website.

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