Oakwell five clear in Spen Premier – Park maintain win record
OAKWELL moved five points clear at the top of the Spen Valley League Premier Division as they ended FC Bosnia’s 100 per cent start to the season with an impressive 5-1 win.
Oakwell led 2-0 at half-time and secured a fifth win in six matches thanks to a brace apiece from Johnny Beverley and James Wightman. Lee Carter was also on the scoresheet.
TVR United moved second after they inflicted Wellington’s first defeat with a 5-1 victory.
Daimon Berry had an outstanding game for Wellington but although Lee Speight was on target, his goal was a mere consolation.
TVR earned all three points thanks to two goals apiece from Ashiq Iqbal and Mohammed Ismael and one by Chris Hogan.
Quarry gained a 4-2 victory over Thornhill United (Craig Hampshire and an own goal) twith a brace from Luke Newsome and one goal each by Rafal Suidak and Brad Jackson.
George Healey remain bottom of the table after slipping to a 3-0 defeat against Bradford.
Iftax Hussain gave Bradford the lead with a 30-yard free-kick and he doubled his side’s advantage with a second goal after the break. Andrew Royston went on to complete the home side’s win. The clash between Ravensthorpe Rangers and Youth 2000 was postponed.
Park extended their 100 per cent record to six matches and they are three points clear of Marsh at the top of Division One following an impressive 7-0 victory at ALC.
Sam Pickles and Michael Chadwick bagged a brace apiece for Park, who led 3-0 at half-time, while Jamie Clarke, Chris Fox and Daniel Coucill were also on target.
Marsh remain second, having played a game more than Park, after they defeated Oakwell Reserves 3-0 with goals from Dean Comins (two) and Los Balmforth.
Faisal Shabbir (two) and his uncle, Mohammed Jameeel, helped Fairbank to a 3-0 victory over Norfolk, while Savile Town Athletic moved off the foot of the table after picking up a first point of the season, a goalless draw with Inter Batley.
West Bradford Spartans and Ring of Bells fought out an entertaining 4-4 draw, with both sides scoring twice in each half.
Phil Holmes bagged a hat-trick for the Spartans, who also saw Danny Davey convert a penalty, but Bells replied through Michael Johnson (two), Ben King and Will Fitton to earn a share of the spoils.
Howden Clough slipped to the foot of the table after suffering a ninth straight defeat against BD3 United.
Arkadiusz Sobie, Mohammed Auzer and substitute Bilal Matloob struck first half goals to seal United’s win.
n Once again, Spen Valley League officials are appealing for referees to offer their services to officiate matches.
The league accepted several new teams after the T&A League folded but they were unable to attract sufficient referees and several officials have had to cancel dates, leaving a further shortfall.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact Spen Valley League secretary Mavis Ward on 01274 873987.
The next meeting, for all clubs, will next Monday (November 8) starting at 8.15pm, with the management committee to meet at 7.30pm.