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Bingley Bees blitz seals promotion at the dozen
Bingley Bees’ men celebrate in traditional fashion after winning the Division Five North title - Picture: Michael Wood
Bingley Bees wrapped up the Division Five North title in blockbusting style as they crushed relegated Thirsk Seconds 12-2 to end their Yorkshire League season on a high.
The Bees knew only a win would enable them to overtake York University Thirds at the summit but the outcome was never in doubt.
The first goal came after just five minutes as skipper Ben Clough deflected a hard cross into the top corner, with the same player quickly adding the second from a powerful drag flick after a short corner.
There was no further scoring until five minutes before half-time but then Gavin Waddell and Bill Livingstone struck in quick succession.
The second half began in similar fashion as Clough completed his hat-trick and Stephen Booth soon made it 6-0.
Thirsk pulled one back but Bingley continued to pound the visitors’ goal and Waddell poached his second before Joe Manning also pounced.
Clough took his tally to six with three more in quick succession and although Thirsk added a second, Booth completed the day’s scoring in Bingley’s favour.
The Bees will now be looking to make it a double celebration when they face Boston Spa Thirds in the League Cup final on April 26.
But while there was joy for the men, the Bingley women’s first team suffered the agony of relegation from the Premier Division.
They needed a win to stay up but unfortunately faced champions Driffield in their final match and lost 2-0.
The second team finished seventh in Division Four after concluding with a 7-1 home win against fellow mid-table side Driffield Thirds.
The visitors took an early lead but this prompted an emphatic reaction from the Bees, who equalised almost straight away through Sarah Eaton.
Captain Cath Wood gave her side the lead from a penalty corner before Sian Porter took over to grab all five of the remaining goals.
Porter was relentless throughout and was awarded opposition player of the match award, although Sharon Stamp won the home vote for her control in defence.