West Yorkshire: Fierce battle to avoid relegation from Premier Division intensifies

FOUR games were played in the West Yorkshire League Premier Division on Saturday as Brighouse Old Boys, Knaresborough Town and Wyke Wanderers all boosted their chances of avoiding the drop, writes LEE SOBOT.

Brighouse Old Boys' Calvin Lee

Matters still look grim for second-bottom Wyke, who are nine points away from escaping the bottom two with four games left but Wanderers at least kept alive their survival bid with a 1-0 win at Otley Town. Jamie Underdown bagged the winner but Brighouse - who began the day third-bottom - were also 2-0 winners at home to Pool.

Calvin Lee and Lee Williams both struck for Brighouse who are now fourth-bottom and one of four teams on 26 points which is the target for Wyke to aim at. Knaresborough jumped up to fifth-bottom with a 3-0 win at Robin Hood Athletic who themselves are now third-bottom. Ben Lock, Matthew Thompson and Patozyk Barylski bagged a goal each for Boro.

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At the other end of the table, hosts Hunslet Club and Horbury Town shared a 2-2 draw with Gibril Bojang bagging both goals for the visitors.

The title race resumes tonight with champions and second-placed Field at home to fourth-placed Leeds City. Leaders Beeston St Anthony’s and third-placed Carlton Athletic - who locked horns in the League Cup final last night - have Thursday night home ties against Knaresborough Town and Shelley respectively.

In the pick of Division One action, leaders Stanley United squandered an early chance to win the league as they lost 2-1 at home to fifth-placed Ilkley Town.

Third-placed Headingley - the only team who can overhaul Stanley - won 3-1 at Boroughbridge - while second-placed Sherburn White Rose signed off with a 3-1 triumph at Thornhill.