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Thornton United climb to third as Bolton Woods move top
A late Deroy White goal secured a 4-2 Bradford Sunday Alliance League win for Thornton United against Baildon Trinity Athletic and lifted them to third in the Premier Division .
Thornton raced into a two-goal lead thanks to Danny Walker’s double and Jamie Bairstowe added a third before the interval.
Matty Knowles then made it 4-0, only for the rock-bottom visitors to hit back with two Tom Graves strikes. But Thornton sealed the points courtesy of White.
But there was a shock for defending champions Buttershaw White Star as they were held 2-2 at Bradford Skip Hire.
Second-placed Mill Lane hit nine against second-bottom Queensbury but conceded five as the visitors fought back.
Victoria Rangers moved level on points with Division One pace-setters Stanningley Albion with a 3-1 home win over third-placed Peel Park thanks to goals by Dean Burnside, John Place and a free-kick from debutant Ryan Lambert.
Four goals in the last ten minutes enabled White Hart to beat Inter Mill Lane 7-3 in Division 1B, climbing above their visitors to third place in the process. Andy Philp was the star man with four of the home side’s goals.
The majority of Premier Division teams received byes through to the second round of the Bradford & District FA Sunday Senior Cup and one such tie saw holders West Bowling knock out Division 1A hosts Stocks Lane Rangers 2-0.
Among the first-round clashes there was a seven-goal thriller between Bolton Woods Socials and Ventus Sports, who edged through 4-3 with the help of a Ricardo Davids hat-trick.
There were two goals from Chris Morris as he and Ryan Frye combined to give Beldon Sports a 3-2 victory over Unity.
In the Bradford & District FA Sunday Cup , for lower-ranked clubs, Eccleshill WMC continued their run of good form by beating Greenwood 5-1 in an all-Division 3A match-up.
Eccleshill raced into a seventh-minute lead with a Joe Sanderson goal and missed several other chances before captain Vinny Walker converted after 39 minutes to make it 2-0 at the interval.
A second half full of chances for the hosts resulted in a hat-trick by new signing Sam Thom before Greenwood gained a late consolation reply.
Buttershaw Rangers edged out George Hotel Reserves 3-2 as Anthony Dyson hit the winner following earlier goals from Shaun Henderson and Michael Clarke.
It was the same score as Grass Greener hit back from two behind inside five minutes to beat Junction Wyke as Ben Needham, James Fairbairn (penalty) and Chris Campbell wiped out goals from Nick Harrison and Nick Emmott.
Red Lion pipped Swaine Green 4-3 after the two sides were locked at 2-2 going into the second half.
Kyle Shah, Antonie Burke, Reece Brown and Aaron Kershaw provided the Lion goals, with Derry Myers and Eliott Holmes among the scorers in response.
Two Anthony Milner goals ensured Horse & Farrier’s progress as they beat Lyceum by the odd goal in three.
Gary Priestley was another player to score twice as, together with strikes by David Wood and Mark Lee, he helped Second West through 4-1 against Grass Greener A. The visitors replied through Luke Holdroyd.
One tie went to a penalty shoot-out, with Woodman Rovers getting the better of Great Horton 8-7 after they had been locked together at 4-4 in an even match.