West Yorkshire League: Saints marching towards trophy treble

BEESTON St Anthony's remain on course for a potential treble after two fine cup wins in the space of three days.

Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 5:00 am
West Yorkshire League Cup action from Wetherby Athletic v Beeston St Anthony's. PIC: Steve Riding

Saints booked their place in this year’s West Riding FA County Challenge Cup final with Thursday night’s 5-2 defeat of league rivals Pool at Woodlesford.

John Mallinson bagged a fantastic four timer, with Matty Moon also on target to book a final against Carlton Athletic or Rimington or even potentially Field.

Field beat Rimington in their quarter-final clash but have been thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player. The West Yorkshire League champions have appealed the decision which was set to be heard last night.

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And it is Field who will provide this coming weekend’s League Cup quarter-final opposition for Beeston following Saints’ 1-0 win at Wetherby Athletic in the last 16 on Saturday.

Moon bagged the only goal of the game to complete a perfect three days for Beeston who could potentially go second in the division with victory at Hunslet Club tonight.

It’s a crunch night in the Premier Division title race with leaders Field welcoming third-placed Leeds City who were 2-1 winners at home to Brighouse Old Boys on Saturday as goals from Joe Dixon and Andrew Crossland outweighed the away effort of Luke Johnson.

Second-placed Carlton Athletic entertain fifth-placed Horbury Town tonight with Carlton keeping their hopes for a quadruple alive with Saturday’s 2-0 win at home to Otley Town in which Daniel Chadwick and Scott Hargreaves netted a goal each.

Thriving Carlton also booked their place in the Leeds & District FA Senior Cup final with last Wednesday’s 5-2 win against Whitkirk Wanderers at Bracken Edge.

Field blitzed visiting Oxenhope Recreation 4-1 in the league the same evening in a game that finished 10 a side. Alex O’Keefe notched a brace for Field who had Ryan Canning dismissed but both Daniel Cunningham and John Penn netted. Lewis Hopkinson took an early bath for Oxenhope who struck through sub Leon Smith.

On Saturday, Horbury were 3-0 winners at home to Oxenhope Recreation with goals from Gibril Bojang, Lamin Bojang and Kieran Corley.

At the bottom of the table, basement boys Knaresborough Town were 5-1 victors at home to sixth-bottom Pool thanks to a brace from Blaine Hobson plus a goal each from Ben Joyce, Daniel McDaid and Lewis Pye.

Harvey Atkinson netted for Pool, who had Jack Smith sent off.

Division One leaders Stanley United saw Saturday’s trip to Old Centralians postponed and nearest pursuers Sherburn White Rose and Headingley harmed each other’s title bid with Saturday’s 2-2 draw.

Headingley were 3-1 victors at Old Centralians on Wednesday evening. East End Park moved fourth with a 2-1 win at third-bottom Baildon Trinity Athletic as Whitkirk dropped to fifth after a 5-3 loss at Thornhill who moved off the bottom.

A home brace from Anees Younis was supported by strikes from Andrew Clegg, Robert Evans and Richard Hands.

Ripon City are now bottom after a 3-0 loss at fifth-bottom Featherstone Colliery whose Andrew Burton, Jamie Deal and Jordan Hale all struck the back of the net.

Fourth-bottom Kippax were 5-3 winners at home to eighth-placed Hartshead while Boroughbridge dropped to sixth after a 2-1 defeat at Ilkley Town who are seventh after goals from Daniel Bott and James Mackie in the face of an away strike from Ben Jones.

Howden Clough are the big movers in Division Two with two wins sending them fourth.