West Yorkshire League: Scott Brown’s a double hit on return for Kellingley

Kellingley Welfare showed little signs of rustiness after an enforced weather lay-off as they came up with a convincing 5-2 win at home to Rothwell in Division Two of the West Yorkshire League.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 9:14 am
Knaresborough Town goalkeeper George Bellerby palms the ball away from James Smith of Horbury Town. PIC: Steve Riding

Welfare were in front within five minutes as Regan Fish netted at the far post and were soon two up when Scott Brown – in his first game since his return to the club – slid through a ruck of players to poke the ball home.

Rothwell replied when a good strike from their left winger found the net. The hosts were back on top, however, as Kyle Fish increased their lead after outpacing defenders on a break from the half-way line.

Jordan Hutchinson was unlucky to see an effort rattle the crossbar. But another promising move resulted in a goal with Kyle Fish again the scorer.

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Knaresborough Town defender Harry Clark clears the danger. PIC: Steve Riding

The visitors were given a glimmer of hope as they scored from a corner just before the break.

The second period saw much of the same with Kells’ pace up front causing the Rothwell defence all sorts of problems. They bagged their fifth goal when a free-kick from out wide went through a bunch of players before landing at the feet of Brown, who turned the ball into the net.

Elsewhere in Division Two, Steve Allen’s two goals saw Leeds Modernians earn a valuable win as they moved above Rothwell into tenth with a 2-1 success away to leaders Overthorpe Sports Club.

Swillington Saints dropped down a place to fifth after they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Ripon City.

Gibril Bojang shoots for Horbury Town. PIC: Steve Riding

Only two games were played in the Premier Division and Horbury Town took full advantage of being one of the teams to play as they moved up to second place with a convincing 6-1 home win over Knaresborough Town.

Gibril Bojang led the way with a hat-trick while Eoin Schofield struck twice and there was one goal from James Smith.

In the other Premier game, Field climbed to fourth with a 1-0 success against Boroughbridge when Karl Fawcett hit the winner.

Joshua Wilson netted for Wetherby Athletic, but they lost 3-1 away to Otley Town in Division One.

Whitkirk Wanderers won through to the third round of the West Yorkshire League Cup with a 6-0 thrashing of Kirk Deighton Rangers, but East End Park went out as they lost their second round tie 5-0 at Ilkley Town.

Wyke Wanderers went out of the League Cup at the first round stage as they were beaten 5-2 at home by Brighouse Sports Old Boys despite goals from Joshua Hainsworth and Jack Ryan-Wakeling. On target for the winners were Hassan Ali, Jake Broadbent, Luke Cranswick, Matthew Whiteley and substitute Sam Durkin.

Aberford Albion also went out in the first round when they suffered a 4-1 defeat at Huddersfield YM.

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After another weather-hit fixture list saw more West Yorkshire League games called off than played clubs will be hoping for better luck this Saturday as they look to stage matches.

County Cup games take precedence, meaning teams will have to wait to start catching up on their backlog of league fixtures, but there are three Premier Division matches scheduled, including important matches for relegation threatened Carlton Athletic, at home to Sherburn White Rose, and Hall Green United, who are away to Knaresborough Town.

In Division One, East End Park will be looking to climb the table with a home game against Salts while Aberford Albion are away to Shelley and third from bottom Kippax travel to second from bottom Wyke Wanderers.

A top of the table clash in Division Two sees second-placed Altofts away to leaders Overthorpe Sports Club.

At the other end of the table 11th and 12th will meet as Rothwell host Tingley Athletic.

Unbeaten Premier leaders Beeston St Anthony face a test in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup when they go to Farsley Celtic Juniors.

In the same competition, Glasshoughton Rock, who are going well in Division One, face a big test at home to Premier Division Whitkirk Wanderers.

An all-Premier clash will see fifth-placed Headingley host third-placed Ilkley Town.

In-form Horbury Town are at home to Silsden Whitestar while Hunslet Club travel to play Whitkirk Wanderers’ YAL team.

Division One Featherstone Colliery, frustrated to have their home game with leaders Shelley called off last weekend, are away to Alwoodley in the Challenge Cup.

Fellow first division outfits Pool and Rawdon Old Boys are both set to play in the same competition, at home to Horsforth St Margarets A and Lower Hopton respectively. Kirk Deighton Rangers take on Boroughbridge while Otley Town are away to Shelf.

Wetherby Athletic are in West Yorkshire League Cup action when they travel to play Harrogate Railway in a first round tie.

Kellingley Welfare, Leeds Modernians and Woodkirk Valley all have home ties in the County Trophy.