6:00pm Monday 5th May 2014
By Philip Rhodes
The destination of the West Riding County Amateur League title was blown wide open as Premier Division leaders Ovenden West Riding lost 4-3 at second-placed Bay Athletic.
With both sides fully committed to chasing maximum points, it fell to a late Nick Jagger goal for the hosts to settle the outcome of the contest.
Brighton Mugadza, Nathan James and Mat Mulvihill had netted Bay’s earlier goals, with Jordan Coduri, Andy Bailey and John Booth on target for Ovenden to leave the game all square until Jagger’s decider.
The defeat trimmed Ovenden’s lead over Bay, who have two games in hand, to seven points, so any further slip-up would hand the initiative back to the defending champions.
Ovenden have two matches remaining – at Steeton on Wednesday and then at home to Storthes Hall on Saturday – as they look for the wins that would enable them to lift the champions’ trophy for a fifth time.
But fourth-placed Steeton proved they will be no pushovers after their penultimate fixture resulted in a crushing 9-1 win at home to Tyersal.
Two players claimed all the Steeton goals, with Adam Spencer grabbing six of them and Lee Reilly completing a hat-trick. Luke Cook struck the only consolation for Tyersal.
Campion strengthened their bid to finish in their current third position after completing a league double over hosts Huddersfield YMCA with a 4-1 victory.
Brett Missin’s double was complemented by goals from Fabian Evans and Ben O’Melia.
Littletown completed their season on a high with a 4-3 home win over fellow mid-table side Golcar United.
Hall Green United moved out of the bottom two at the expense of opponents Halifax Irish as Clifton Firth’s hat-trick helped them to a 5-4 home victory in a thrilling encounter.
Lower Hopton and Wakefield City continued their dogged pursuit of Division One leaders Hunsworth with contrasting victories in their latest matches.
Second-placed Hopton dismissed second-bottom Salts Reserves 6-1 to move within two points of Hunsworth, who were without a game, thanks to four goals from Luke Peacock and one apiece for Liam Royal and Sylbert Stewart.
But third-placed Wakefield were pushed all the way by a Steeton Reserves side battling to stay out of the bottom two before edging a 3-2 success.
West Horton climbed above Campion Reserves into ninth place as they sealed a 3-1 home win with goals from Lee Smith (2) and Kamran Khan.
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