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Campion aiming to finish on a high
Campion are creeping towards at least matching their best-ever Premier Division finish in the West Riding County Amateur League.
The Bradford club finished as runners-up to Bay Athletic in the 2005-06 season, and a 5-0 weekend home win over relegation-threatened Halifax Irish kept up the pressure on leaders Ovenden West Riding.
Campion are just five points adrift, although having played a game more, after a Terence Hargreaves hat-trick was backed up by goals from Scott Price and Jordan Aird.
Ovenden maintained their push for the title with a 2-0 home victory over Littletown, with Matthew Jones netting both goals.
Tyersal kept up their determined bid to avoid the drop as a Ben Kendall goal earned a 1-1 draw at Golcar United, who had former Huddersfield Town striker John McAliskey on target.
It also finished 1-1 as Steeton had to settle for a point at second-bottom Lepton Highlanders, with Graham Holmes cancelling out Nick Robinson’s first-half opener for the hosts.
Salts lost 3-1 at Huddersfield YMCA, with Andy Howland scoring the only reply to strikes by Stephen McMann (2) and Teboho M’Pala.
A second successive defeat has seen Division One pacesetters Hunsworth’s lead cut to four points.
Their latest setback was 4-3 at third-placed Ventus-Yeadon Celtic, who boosted their promotion hopes with goals from Paul Andrews (2), Billy Swiatek and Sean Jack.
Ryan Templeton (2) and Tom Ormondroyd replied for faltering Hunsworth.
Lower Hopton remain second after a 5-3 win at Steeton Reserves, with Luke Peacock and Adam Walsh both scoring twice and Liam Reilly completing the Mirfield side’s tally.
Ross Chapman, Martin Bland and Euan Sessford responded for Steeton, who remain dangerously close to the drop zone.
Wibsey’s prolific teenage goal-scorer Daniel O’Donnell bagged five of his side’s efforts in a 7-2 romp against Westbrook YMCA that maintained their interest in the promotion picture.
Dave Haley and Lewis Phillips netted the additional goals, while Ryan Preston-Mills claimed both Westbrook consolations.
Campion Reserves had Usmaan Hussain and Ben O’Melia on target as they won 2-1 at Tingley Athletic.
* Ovenden West Riding are in knockout action on Thursday (7.30pm) when they meet Bradford-based West Yorkshire League team Field in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup semi-finals.
The winners at the county FA’s Woodlesford headquarters will face either Goole United or Steeton, who meet in the second last-four tie on Thursday, April 3 at the same venue.