West Yorkshire League - Waterlogged pitch puts Saints’ title march on ice

Beeston St Anthony’s pursuit of the Premier crown was put on hold after their scheduled fixture fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 5:48 am
Ash Atkinson, right of Boroughbridge, heads on past Horbury Town defender James Smith during Saturday's Premier encounter. Picture: Steve Riding.
Ash Atkinson, right of Boroughbridge, heads on past Horbury Town defender James Smith during Saturday's Premier encounter. Picture: Steve Riding.

In total, only three games were played in the West Yorkshire League’s top flight.

Christopher Simpson pulled a goal back in the second half for third-placed Boroughbridge but it wasn’t enough to deny hosts Horbury Town a 2-1 victory.

Bridge, however, hold a two-point gap over Town and still have a game in hand.

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Alex Ingham, of Boroughbridge, is crowed out by Horbury Town defenders. Picture: Steve Riding.

Fifth-place Huddersfield Amateur were given a good run for their money by lower-placed visitors Robin Hood Athletic before prevailing 3-2.

James Finlayson was on target for Athletic.

Hunslet managed to keep in contact with visitors Headingley up to half-time when the sides were locked at one apiece.

William Kelly added a second goal to Jonathan McKinley’s first-half strike, however, and Headingley were able to hold on to their advantage for the remaining 20 minutes or so.

Ash Atkinso, of Boroughbridge, tries to stop Horbury Town's Gibril Bojang. Picture: Steve Riding.

In Division 1, G&C Hartshead crashed 4-1 at third-placed Kirk Deighton Rangers, allowing leaders Rawdon OB to open a six-point gap after their 5-0 win at Shelley.

Goals from Craig Hall, Robert Holliday, Samuel Murphy and Harvey Ribbons turned a 1-1 half-time scoreline into victory for Kirk Deighton, while Tom McMillan (2), Craig Nicholls (2) and Sam Boldy were on target for Rawdon.

Wetherby Atheltic were hit for six by lower-placed visitors Poole AFC. The 6-1 result included a hat-trick for Joshua Wagstaff and further goals for Jack Farrimond, Jordan Wagstaff and Josh Waite, while Joshua Wilson netted the second-half consolation goal for Athletic.

David Kerr grabbed the all-important goal as fourth-plaed hosts Wyke Wanderers edged out Aberford Albion 1-0.

Kellingley Welfare First kept the pressure on the top two in Division 2 with a 5-0 home win over sixth-placed Leeds Modernians.

Brandon Cummings, Joshua Johnson, Regan Fish and sub’ Stuart Garbutt were on target for the hosts who are one point behind second-place Swillington Saints Welfare First and three off leaders Brighouse Sports - with a game in hand.

Saints dropped points in a 3-1 home defeat to Brighouse, Daniel Hall netting for the hosts and Luke Cranswick, Ciaran McFarland and substitute Brendan Patterson hitting the goals for Sports.

Fourth-placed Old Centralians First made light work of bottom club Howden Clough, beating the visitors 4-0, while ninth-placed Overthorpe Sports Club First turned the table on visiting Laund Hill FC First - fifth on the ladder - by the same scoreline. Incredibly, a third host club, Rothwell Juniors First also notched a 4-0 victory. Joshua Jackson (2), Daniel Walker and Benjamin Andrew struck for Rothwell in their win over Ripon City First, a side that sits one place above them in the standings.

In Alliance Division 1, Headingley AFC held sway 4-2 at Aberford Albion, Robin Hood Athletic shot down Otley Town 4-1 and Hall Green United came through 3-2 at Salts after the sides had been deadlocked one apiece at half-time.

Boroughbridge’s home game with Huddersfield Amateur was postponed.

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