Yorkshire Amateur League: Long-term health may be an issue for Medics

Despite a comprehensive 5-0 win against Wigton Moor that took them to the top of the Premier Division, the Leeds Medics squad may not be healthy enough to sustain a title challenge '“ according to manager Steve Ledger.

Wednesday, 9th November 2016, 5:31 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:02 pm
Jonny Downey claims his hat-trick with the match-winning goal for East Ardsley Wanderers in a 3-2 victory over visitors FC Headingley. PIC: Steve Riding

With several players on call at local hospitals and students set to return home at the end of term, Ledger admits that he isn’t sure whether his squad is up to defending their unbeaten record.

“The best thing from our point of view on Saturday was getting the clean sheet,” he said.

“You win nothing in November and I still don’t know whether our squad is good enough to see this through, but I’m pleased with things so far.

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“We have issues with availability next week in the cup.

“We have a reputation for trying to play football and I think our pitch at Weetwood is the best in Yorkshire so that helps us.”

A hat-trick from Brad Chambers took them to the win at Tree Tops, complemented by goals from Niall Robinson and Alex Monk.

This completes a miserable month for Wigton Moor who have conceded 23 times in their last four games without replying.

A rematch of last week’s Old Boys Shield tie ended in a goalless draw between Beeston Juniors and Stanley United at Cardinal Square.

Stanley’s perfect league record was spoiled by an excellent goalkeeping performance from Brendan Wood, who repelled three great chances.

Stanningley Old Boys got their first points of the season in beating an out-of-sorts Trinity 2-0 at Hough Top.

Trinity were undone by two set pieces; James Rainford found the net with a direct free-kick and then he set Terrell Phillips up with a delivery to nod home. Shire Academics came out on top in a scrap at the bottom of the Championship that saw them beat bottom side Alwoodley Reserves 2-1 at the Avenue.

Shire climbed out of the relegation zone and are off and running thanks to Nick Renwick’s shot-cum-cross from 30 yards that went in and Cal Chalkley’s winner.

Like their first team, Leeds Medics Reserves are in fine form at present and they defeated Wortley Knights 5-1.

Kieran Wardman bagged a brace with Alex Howard, Jack Helliwell and Tom Carling also on target at Weetwood.

Morley Town made it five wins from five with a commanding 5-0 victory over Calverley United.

Ryan Hartley opened the scoring in the 12th minute but it was a second-half onslaught that sealed the win.

Hartley completed his hat-trick on 72 minutes alongside Danny Holland’s and Matt Agar’s goals.

Collingham Old Boys kept hold of top spot in the division with a 5-0 win against struggling Thornesians at Harewood Road.

The damage was done inside the first 15 minutes as Oliver Robinson, Richard Gouland and Jonny Dixon put the hosts 3-0 up. Dixon netted the fourth late on. Thornesians sit second bottom of the table having lost their last three games.

There were only two games in Division One with extended West Riding Cup programmes but they both concerned matters in the upper echelons of the third tier.

There was a cracker of a game at Fulneck School that ended 6-4 in favour of Farsley Celtic Reserves over Leeds Medics III.

Farsley sped out of the blocks and were two to the good through well-taken efforts from Bruno Garridobagi on four minutes and Steve Wells after eight.

Medics then bit back and made it 2-2 with static Farsley defending from set pieces not helping matters.

Wells, played in by Danny Kemp, and Matty Ingham’s left-footed strike reinstated the two-goal cushion only for the visitors to pull one back before the break to make it 4-3.

A defensive mix-up between ’keeper and defender allowed the Medics to draw level at 4-4 and they continued to frustrate their hosts through the second half.

Eventually Ben Wilson’s late brace made it consecutive wins for Farsley and took them third.

Leeds Independent are still top with a clinical 4-1 win against ninth-placed Batelians- Jayden Harding striking twice with Damian Jenkinson and Ryan O’Donnell also netting.

There was a shock in Division Two as struggling Lepton Highlanders barely broke sweat in dispatching second-placed Colton Athletic 3-0.

Collegians took advantage to open up a four-point cushion at the top, beating basement boys Old Centralians 8-3.

Rob Shaw was the key architecht with a hat-trick but Joe Wimpenny, Ryan Fuller, Louis Wrafter, Jordan Spencer and Josh Orchard also chipped in.

Atal Habibi, James Lee and Blessing Zomba got the goals for Centralians.

Elsewhere, Wheelwright Old Boys beat Woodkirk Valley 3-0.