Unbeaten Gildersome Spurs maintain threat to leaders

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Gildersome Spurs Old Boys are up to second in the Yorkshire Amateur League Senior A Division after maintaining their unbeaten record.

They are now level with Alwoodley after beating them 3-2 away and have two games in hand over them.

However, Spurs have six games to spare over leaders Grangefield Old Boys and only trail them by nine points.

Alwoodley took the lead through Martyn Thompson but the key moment came when Graham Shaw missed a penalty for the hosts.

Gildersome were back in the game before the interval thanks to Steve Wales and second-half goals for Danny Moon and Wales gave Spurs a 3-1 lead, Dino Mulavdic then reducing the deficit.

Attacks outwitted defences as Grangefield defeated Trinity College Old Boys 6-5, although the former had led 5-2 at one stage.

Goals for Gildersome came from Nick Smith (2), Matt Tomlinson (2), Grant Jackson and Rhys Moore, Steve Travers, Dan Morris, Dom Hackney and Rob Pearson (2) trying to keep pace for Trinity.

After a shocker last weekend, St Bede's gave a much-improved display to win 2-1 at Beeston Old Boys in the Senior B Division.

 A defensive error enabled Lee Cornforth to put Bede's ahead but by the interval Mike Lazaro had restored parity.

In the end it was the tireless Danny Williamson who bagged the winner for Bede's, with busy midfielder Chris Gauci being named man of the match.

Meanwhile, leaders Calverley United suffered a serious setback with a 3-1 home defeat to third-placed Old Batelians, although they still head the table by four points from Medics Reserves.

Batelians took an early lead through Mark Heseldin but a splendid goal for Niall Rosendale levelled the scores just after the interval. 

The division's leading scorer Rob Bordman added two priceless second-half goals, although there was a suspicion of offside about both.

Calverley, who had used all of their substitutes, were reduced to ten men because of second-half injuries.

Tim Smith, leading scorer in Division One, added five more goals to take his seasonal tally to 27 as leaders Farnley Sports defeated fourth-placed Gildersome Spurs Old Boys Reserves 6-1. Shane Gaunt got the sixth goal, James Wilby replying.

However, Farsley Celtic Juniors are only nine points behind Sports with four games in hand after a 3-2 victory at third-from-bottom Centralians.

It was hard work, though, despite them taking a 3-0 first-half lead courtesy of Ben Cooke (2) and Craig Farrand. Centralians goals from Kev Myers and Nils Linstrom made for a nervy end to the contest, however.

AFC Heckmondwike were without their three leading scorers, and it showed as they went down 3-2 at Collegians, an own goal and Lee Ryan netting for the losers.

East Ardsley Wanderers extended their unbeaten run to three games with a 1-1 draw at Gildersome Spurs Thirds but both clubs are struggling in Division Two.

Sam Thorpe's goal gave Spurs the half-time lead but James Fawcett's equaliser meant that Gildersome haven't won in six games, and it didn't stop East Ardsley from climbing out of the relegation zone, Spurs being one place above them.

St Bede's Reserves never recovered from James Ellis' early strike and lost 1-0 to visitors Huddersfield YMCA. It was seventh-placed Bede's fifth home defeat.

Previously unbeaten leaders Morley Town had 80 per cent of the possession but lost 2-1 at Woodhouse Moor.

Town led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Matt Ibbotson but confessed that they deserved to lose to goals from Steve Lindsay and James Campbell.

James Kershaw hit four for the second week running for Heckmondwike Grammar School Old Boys against FC Headingley Reserves in Division Three, the margin this time being 5-0. Scott Malloy got the other goal.

Eighth-placed Calverley United Reserves had a cracking 5-4 victory at Thornesians Reserves, who are a place below them. James Todd (2), Steve Wells, Ryan Craven and Danny Littlewood were on target for Calverley.

Fourth-placed Grangefield Reserves threw two points away after a 2-2 draw at Colton Institute Reserves, all the teams around them also dropping points.

Si Rothery and Chris Pearson gave Grangefield a 2-0 advantage but Lee Mitchell and Greg Parkin equalised for Colton in the second half.

A dour Division Five match had goalless draw written all over it until Warwick French broke the deadlock for St Bede's Thirds to keep them in fifth place, Centralians Thirds being the losers.

 

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