Only two of the five scheduled PREMIER DIVISION matches were played as the hard frost again bit into the West Riding County Amateur League programme.

It was the fourth successive Saturday that the weather had intervened but title-chasing duo Bay Athletic and Ovenden West Riding did play and took advantage with wins at Steeton and Marsden respectively.

Defending champions Bay maintained their return to form with a 2-1 win at Steeton that lifted them to third in the table.

George Dawson and Steve Smith capitalised on defensive lapses to secure the points, before Jamie Longley netted a late consolation for Steeton.

Leaders Ovenden took their tally of goals in the last three games to 17 as a 4-1 win at Marsden stretched their lead at the top to four points with a game in hand on second-placed Tyersal.

Jonathon Newiss opened the scoring for the hosts but Ovenden hit back to win with ease thanks to goals by John Booth (2), Steve Fullard and Matthew Jones.

DIVISION ONE leaders Lepton Highlanders were denied victory for only the second time in 17 league games as Antonie Burke’s late equaliser earned a point for Ventus/Yeadon Celtic from a 2-2 draw.

Kitson Gayle and Ashley Flynn had earlier edged Lepton in front as they overturned Sean Jack’s opener for the hosts.

The battle at the foot of the table between Dudley Hill Rangers and Bronte Wanderers ended in a 0-0 stalemate, although the point gained did edge both clubs out of the relegation zone at the expense of Storthes Hall Reserves, with Halifax Irish still bottom.

Overthorpe and Tingley Athletic booked semi-final places in the DIVISION ONE CUP with comfortable wins.

Overthorpe lost 5-0 in last season’s final to Bay Athletic Res but gained revenge with a 4-1 home win over the same opponents, while Tingley progressed 3-0 at home to Storthes Hall Reserves.

Bronte Wanderers Reserves finally picked up their first DIVISION THREE win of the season after eight defeats and two draws as Rye Bailey scored both goals that beat visiting Lower Hopton Reserves 2-1.

Hunsworth Reserves scored five times against unbeaten leaders Littletown Reserves but still ended up on the losing side as the visitors edged to a 6-5 victory.

Salts Reserves and Hall Green United Reserves shared six goals with a 3-3 draw.

Albion Sports advanced to the last four of the DIVISION TWO/THREE Cup with with a 6-3 win at Tyersal Reserves after extra time.

Jatinder Singh netted five of the goals and Aran Basi the other, with Dane Ryan, Jamie McEwen and David Scott replying. Campion Reserves were unable to join their local rivals in the semi-finals as they lost 4-1 at home to Ovenden West Riding Reserves, while Huddersfield YMCA booked their progress with a 2-1 home success against Golcar United Reserves.