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Hunsworth’s slip gives promotion rivals hope
Hunsworth missed a chance to move within a point of assuring promotion from Division One of the West Riding County Amateur League as they slipped up 3-2 at mid-table Storthes Hall Reserves.
The defeat leaves Hunsworth just two points above closest challengers Lower Hopton, who have played a game more, and six ahead of third-placed Wakefield City, who have two matches in hand.
Wakefield maintained their pursuit of a top-two finish with a 1-0 win at Campion Reserves thanks to a first-half penalty converted by Rob Bloomfield.
Ventus-Yeadon Celtic, who were among the frontrunners earlier in the season, suffered a 4-3 setback at home to West Horton to end their promotion hopes.
Adam Turner’s hat-trick counted for nothing as Lee Smith and Mudajar Raja netted a brace apiece to make sure Ventus would also stay in Division One next season.
Campion failed to derail hosts Bay Athletic’s bid to keep one hand on the Premier Division title when they lost 3-0, the second-half goals coming from Kitson Gayle (2) and Brighton Mugadza.
Second-placed Bay’s win leaves them 13 points adrift of Ovenden West Riding but they could cut that to four if they win their three games in hand.
Leaders Ovenden showed no sign of letting their advantage slip away as they logged a comfortable 5-0 home victory over neighbours Halifax Irish. Matt Jones and Andrew Bailey both scored twice and John Booth completed the tally.
Salts, who end their league season on Wednesday with a home game against Steeton, frittered away a two-goal interval cushion and had to settle for a point with a 2-2 draw at home to Storthes Hall.
Kyle Berry and Chris McTigue netted early for Salts in the mid-table contest before Alex Slack and Joshua Rodgers replied for their Huddersfield opponents.
Steeton ended a busy week with a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield YMCA. Lee Reilly gave the hosts a first-half advantage but Nathan Inman rescued a point.
Tyersal also had to settle for a share of the spoils with a 1-1 draw at second-bottom placed Lepton Highlanders. Wayne Wright scored in the first half for Tyersal before Gary Mitchell replied.
Bradford FC finished their first season in the league at the foot of Division Two after completing their season with a 6-2 reverse at Ovenden West Riding Reserves.