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Bingley Bees earn stripes with magnificent seven
Bingley Bees cruised to a 7-0 win against Boston Spa Thirds as they climbed to second place in Division Five North of the Yorkshire League.
The Bees dominated to such an extent that keeper Christopher Silberberg was never called on to touch the ball, much less make a save.
Stephen Booth opened the scoring in the tenth minute when a well-worked move saw him turn the ball in at the far post.
Bill Livingstone doubled the lead eight minutes later with a looping reverse-stick shot which dropped just under the crossbar.
Matthew Clough added the third goal three minutes before the interval and Bingley already looked assured of the points.
They continued piling on the pressure in the second half but it was not until 18 minutes in that Michael Crawshaw ran the ball into the net as he evaded some desperate defending from the mid-table visitors.
Skipper Ben Clough then netted in the 24th and 33rd minutes of the half to make it 6-0.
But the hosts were still not finished and Joe Manning forced the ball past the despairing Boston keeper as his side equalled their best score of the season.
Three teams now sit level on points at the top of the division, with the Bees second behind Driffield Seconds on goal difference but ahead of York University Thirds.
The Bingley ladies first team remain bottom of the Premier Division after a 4-1 defeat to Sheffield Hallam Seconds, who are second in the table.
There was also disappointment for the ladies second team as they slipped up 3-2 against bottom side Batley in Division Four.
Jenny Bone and player of the match Lesley Brian worked tirelessly with support from fellow defender Sharon Stamp but Batley dominated the first half to earn a 3-0 advantage.
The second half proved to be a different story and Bingley pulled a goal back when midfielders Sarah Eaton and Jules Carroll made ground to allow striker Sian Porter to score.
A penalty corner soon followed and Jenny Bone set up Cath Wood to further narrow the gap.
Unfortunately the Bees were to run out of time and their comeback fell just short, leaving them sixth in the table.
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