Campion closing in at summit

4:40pm Monday 10th March 2014

By Philip Rhodes

Campion continued their push for a top-two Premier Division finish with a 3-1 win at relegation-threatened Halifax Irish in the West Riding County Amateur League.

Omar Habeeb scored twice and Terry Hargreaves completed the tally as Campion moved to within two points of second-placed Kirkburton, who stumbled 7-2 at home to leaders Ovenden West Riding.

The Bradford side also have seven games in hand over Huddersfield-based rivals Kirkburton, although they have played the same number of matches as Ovenden who are eight points ahead and on course for the title.

Campion’s victory aided Tyersal’s chances of avoiding relegation as, despite losing 2-1 at Salts, they remain ahead of Halifax Irish on goal difference and have games in hand.

Tyersal were always struggling after being reduced to nine men, although they did claim a consolation goal in response to first-half strikes by Chris McTigue and Jonny Cunnington.

Steeton and Bay Athletic went head to head as both played their first league game of 2014 following delays in staging their respective County FA Cup games.

The first half was goalless but it finished 4-1 to Bay after Steeton cancelled out the visitors’ opener through Andy King only to then miss a penalty with the score at 2-1.

Kieran Ryan and a Danny Stocker spot-kick gave the Huddersfield side an edge before they pulled clear with late goals by Matthew Mulvihill and Andy Salm.

Hunsworth continued their march towards the Division One champions’ trophy with a 5-0 victory at Wibsey.

All the goals came in the second half as Jamie Bairstow netted twice to add to strikes from Lee Brook, Dale Wright and Alex McMahon.

Second-placed Lower Hopton moved four points clear of Ventus-Yeadon Celtic in third with a 2-1 home success against West Horton.

Ventus-Yeadon led 2-0 through goals from Kyle Shah and Sean Jack but slipped to a third successive defeat as visitors Salts Reserves hit back to win 3-2 thanks to second-half strikes by Matt Humm (2) and Ryan Boguslaski.

Campion Reserves moved into the top half of the table as goals from Paul Noble, Chris Helliwell and Thomas Howard earned a 3-2 home win over second-bottom Storthes Hall Reserves.

Dudley Hill Rangers secured at least a top-two finish in Division Two as Alex Wooley and an own goal game them a 2-0 victory over Ovenden West Riding Reserves.

Thornes slipped from second to third after losing 1-0 at home to Lower Hopton Reserves, with DRAM Community leapfrogging them after a 4-0 home win over Kirkburton Reserves.

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