Yorkshire Amateur: Celtic move six points clear at the top

Farsley Celtic Juniors moved six points clear at the top of the Premier Division as they beat basement club Wigton Moor, 2-0.

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016, 5:43 am
Morley Town goalscorers Aiden Philip (3), Chris Pearson, Jovan Kioseff and Kevin Mackay in a 6-1 win at Leeds Independent.

Farsley opened the scoring when Craig Farrand slotted home from Alex Reid’s corner.

The visitors doubled their lead early in the second half when Danny Lyons added to his tally as Farsley extended their winning streak to nine games.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Rodillian remain in the relegation places as they lost 1-0 to relegation rivals Alwoodley.

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Rodillian’s strong defence held out until Dino Mulavdic scored the only goal of the game 15 minutes from time. Farnley Sports’ title hopes look over after they were beaten 1-0 away to Trinity and have now lost three of their last five games.

Andy Gillott found the net for Trinity minutes before half-time to earn the victory to complete an unlikely double over third-placed Farnley.

Rivals Stanningley and Grangefield shared the points after a 1-1 draw. Grangefield led at the break after Danny Cuff fired them in front before a goalkeeping error was pounced upon by James Allen to level the game ten minutes from time.

St Nicholas set up a final with Leeds City Reserves in the Leeds District Cup as they beat Stanningley Reserves 3-1.

Goals for Tesfa Watson, Johnny Daniels and Paul Hewson put St Nicholas comfortably ahead before a late Matt Gerraghty free-kick put the visitors on the scoresheet.

In the Halifax and District Cup semi-final, Huddersfield Amateur needed penalties to beat Ealandians.

The sides’ couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes with Huddersfield triumphing on spot kick 4-2.

In the Championship, bottom-of-the-table Leeds Independent were beaten 6-1 at home to sixth-placed Morley Town. Aidan Philip scored a hat-trick with Jovan Kioseff, Chris Pearson and Kevin Mackay all on target for Morley.

Beeston St Anthony’s drew 2-2 with visitors Alwoodley Reserves with both sides wondering how they didn’t win all three points. Alwoodley led 2-0 with goals from Mark Thompson and Lee Burrow but Beeston hit back with Matty Boyes and Tony Garth bringing the Saints level.

Shire Academics have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 and are up to fifth after a 2-1 against Collingham Juniors.

An own goal gifted Academics the lead before Collingham fought back before the half-time break only for Mark Freeman to score the winner on the hour mark.

In Division One, Colton Athletic remain bottom after they drew 1-1 away at Amaranth.

Chris Hicks fired Colton ahead only for Reece Child to equalise with a deflected effort to deny Athletic a vital three points.

Drighlington remain unbeaten as they won 3-1 away at Dewsbury Rangers to extend their winning streak to five games.

Rafel Sienkiewicz, Andy Arnett and Shane Sowden all scored for Drighlington, who now sit just the two tantalising points behind the leaders, Calverley United, with four games in hand.

Calverley United had a slender 1-0 win over struggling Wortley, St Bedes saw off Rothwell Reserves 5-2, while Garforth Rangers won 5-1 at home to Grangefield Reserves.


Gildersome Spurs remain top of Division Two after a 4-2 win over Churwell Lions, writes Nick Cary.

Luke Gough and Ash Wainwright gave Churwell Lions a 2-0 lead before Steve Wales and James Hardcastle brought Spurs level.

Spurs edged the second half with Ben Keedy and a second for Steve Wales ending Churwell’s five-match winning streak.

Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves are just two points behind with two games in hand after they thrashed 10-man Old Batelians Reserves 7-1.

Alex Gyte scored five of Farsley’s goals with Steve Wells and Chris Manning also on the scoresheet.

Also in Division Two, Morley Town Reserves drew with seventh-placed Collegians 2-2 in what was Morley’s first draw of the season.

James Hawley and Martin Ross scored for Morley while a brace from Kieran Mulligan gave Collegians a share of the points with the side edging nearer to safety with 20 points from 19 games.

Old Centralians won 5-3 against Sandal Wanderers to also move further from the relegation zone.

In Division Three, Middleton Park remain isolated at the bottom of the table after a 5-1 defeat at home to Horsforth St Margaret’s.

A brace from both Jake Williams and James McGurk and a goal from Aidan Gilligan gave Horsforth a comfortable victory. Horsforth sit fifth and a huge 16 points off leaders Kippax Athletic but have seven games in hand and have dropped just three points from their nine league games this season.

Kippax Athletic were 5-1 winners against Fairbank United with Tom Charles scoring four of the league leaders’ goals.

Hosts Leeds City defeated Norristhorpe 4-1 thanks to a double from Marc Ware and goals from Luke Aldrich and Dom Taylor.

Elsewhere, Ealandians Reserves beat Leeds Modernains 3-0 while Churwell Lions Reserves won 3-1 away to Thornesians Reserves.