West Yorkshire League: Wetherby Athletic and Kirk Deighton Rangers continue to shine
A solitary Josh Wilson strike proved sufficient to lift Wetherby Athletic up to third place in the West Yorkshire League Division One standings
The Tangerines hot-shot scored the only goal of the game in Saturday’s 1-0 win over visiting Wyke Wanderers.
Victory leaves Athletic five points shy of top spot, though they have played more games than leaders Shelley, as well as all of the rest of their promotion rivals.
One place better off than Wetherby are neighbours Kirk Deighton Rangers.
Daniel Marshall’s men thrashed Aberford Albion 6-0, meaning that the destiny of the first division title remains firmly in their hands.
Deighton now find themselves a mere three points off the summit, but with two games in hand on top-of-the-table Shelley.
Saturday’s triumph was Rangers’ third on the spin and saw six different players hit the back of the net.
Joe Barden, Josh Barden, Craig Hall, Jack Holliday, Ashley Tatler and James Woodward were the men on target for the victors.
Boroughbridge moved out of the Premier Division drop zone courtesy of what was a first league success since late November.
Daz Ekin’s team beat Hall Green United 2-1 at Aldborough Road thanks to goals from Christopher Simpson and Phil Wix.
Knaresborough Town Reserves earned a useful point from their home clash with Huddersfield Amateur, however Boroughbridge’s triumph sees them slide back into the relegation places.
Paul Atkinson converted from the penalty spot to hand Boro a first-half advantage, however the visitors hit back in the second period.
Ripon City’s Division Two title hopes were severely dented when they went down 3-0 on the road at leaders Brighouse Old Boys.
Victory would have left John Wappett’s side just six points behind their opponents but with three games in hand.
Despite Saturday’s defeat, City are still very much in the mix for promotion, though they will need to improve on their recent run of form which has seen them win only one of their last five matches in all competitions.
Harrogate Railway Reserves came from behind to earn themselves a point in their home clash with Huddersfield YM.
The Starbeck club trailed 1-0 at the break, however Patrick Thomasbagged twice in the second period to help his side to a 2-2 draw.
The result sees the Railwaymen climb two places to sixth in the table.