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Buttershaw White Star keep up hectic pace
Curtis McMahon of West Bowling feels the full force of a sliding tackle from Sandy Lane defender Matthew Ferry
Buttershaw White Star kicked off a frenetic end to the season with a 5-0 romp against Bradford Phoenix in the Bradford Sunday Alliance League Senior Cup semi-finals.
While some Premier Division clubs have almost completed their fixtures, White Star still have eight league games to play.
But that is just the start of it as they also have an abundance of knockout ties to fit in, including the League Cup final on Sunday, May 4 against defending champions West Bowling after their 4-1 weekend win against Sandy Lane.
There is also a rearranged District Cup semi-final against Division 1B high-fliers Swaine Green at Fields tomorrow night (7.00).
If they beat Green they will once again meet old foes West Bowling in that final at Eccleshill United’s ground on Monday, April 14.
White Star, who have many players involved at a high level with Saturday clubs as well, also have a West Riding FA Sunday County Cup semi-final date at Woodlesford against Ferrybridge Progressive WMC.
A victory in that tie would set up a final on Thursday, April 24 against either holders HT Sports, who knocked out West Bowling in the quarter-finals, or King George, who beat Buttershaw in last year’s competition.
And to crown a schedule that many professional clubs would complain about, White Star go head to head with West Bowling on Thursday, May 8 in a match that could decide the destination of the league championship.
At least the two rivals’ progress to the Senior Cup final was as straightforward as it gets, with Steve Hollingworth opening the scoring after five minutes as White Star brushed aside Division One opponents Bradford Phoenix.
Mark Bett doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time, with this pair both scoring again before Lincoln Donaldson added a 30-yard special that even brother Clayton, the Brentford striker, would have been proud of.
There were also five goals in the other semi-final, an all-Premier affair that saw Chris Wood (2), Phil Brogan and Joe Jagger score for West Bowling as they saw off Sandy Lane.
A full programme of league action saw Thornton United hit the highest score in the Premier Division as they beat Relay 7-4.
Danny Walker and Dave Wilson contributed a brace apiece, supplemented by a goal each for Jerome White, Deroy White and Guy Meakin.
At the bottom, Wyke Wanderers boosted their chances of avoiding relegation with a 5-1 win at fellow strugglers George Hotel, while Dudley Hill got the better of Peel Park 3-0 to also improve their lot.
Division 1B title hopefuls Swaine Green warmed up for their District Cup clash with Buttershaw White Star by swamping Apperley Bridge 7-0.
Red Lion remain top after a similarly convincing 8-1 victory over Prospect.
Congratulations to Grass Greener United manager Paul Jarvis and his team after gaining promotion from Division 2B.
They trailed Toller by two goals but hit back to win 3-2 thanks to an Andy Patterson penalty before half-time and further goals from Ben Cawley and a late Patterson winner.
Grass Greener are guaranteed at least a second-place finish after closest challengers Salthorn WMC lost 4-3 at Saltaire Rangers and fellow hopefuls Cartwright Lister were also beaten, 2-0 at Thornton United Reserves.
Eccleshill WMC secured the Division 3A title with a 4-0 win over Bradford Vale thanks to goals by Andy Corker (2), Sam Thom and Chris Robson.