WEST YORKSHIRE LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION @ SLAZENGER SPORTS & SOCIAL
21 MAY 2016 --- 2.30PM
Three goals in the last 21 minutes took this game away from Horbury who for so long had stood toe to toe with the champions elect Beeston St Anthony's [BSA]. This highly entertaining encounter had seen the Leeds based side score 2 quick goals through Ben Haigh and Lee Turnbull before Horbury got right back onto it thanks to a Gibril Bojang strike. The second half was a cracker, as was the first, with both sides missing chances and just as it looked odds on for a Horbury equaliser Beeston scored 3 through Dan Daly and a double from Aaron Connor to make the score a little harsh on the home side.
With the search to extend the non league season bringing games in The Cheshire League and West Yorkshire League after a few recommendations and meeting a chap last year at Dewsbury Rams rugby league club who spoke favourably about Horbury the decision was made to make the trip to Wakefield Kirkgate station for the short bus journey from the city to Horbury which is situated to the west and just short of Ossett. The build up to the weekend game had seen me following the results of the West Yorkshire League and realising the importance of this game to BSA who are now 5 points ahead of Carlton Athletic and getting very close to the title it should be a fair old match. Beeston are already piling up cups and their reserve side have just claimed the West Yorkshire Alliance League so off we set from base to the Slazenger Sports and Social Ground home of Horbury Town. The club is so named after the sports equipment manufacturer who moved here following the purchase of William Sykes a competitor and until I believe the 1970s continued in production. Indeed the sports grounds now contain, football, bowls, tennis and hockey and upon opening by Mrs Slazenger there was an exhibition tennis match by Dan Maskell and Fred Perry! I knew the selected game was the right one when the bus journey to base station saw the chap sat by me carrying a Slazenger sports bag.
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|THE RAILWAY VIADUCT IN THE LEAFY DISTANCE|
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The second gaol came just three minutes later and you feared for the home side at this stage when Haigh fired home. The blogs concerns were not necessary as Horbury battled back into the game and pulled a goal back on the half hour mark when Bojang [g] curled in a superb shot from 20 yards out to make it 1-2 at half time.
|GIBRIL BOJANG PULLS A GOAL BACK FOR HORBURY TOWN FC|
On 62 minutes Beeston contributed to the goalmouth action when Lee Coleman crashed a header against the bar. But on 69 minutes the game went away from Horbury courtesy of a tremendous strike from 25 yards out from Daly flew into the far right hand side of the net to make it 1-3.
With 10 minutes remaining substitute Aaron Connor drove home at the back post after audacious flick in the build up from Coleman. Then with 4 minutes left Beeston got their fifth and Connor his second this time his flick over the defender saw him re make contact with the ball before firing home past the Neil Horner in the Horbury goal.
Beestons challenge goes on and with Carlton Athletic also winning the excitement goes on into midweek and possibly next Saturday when BSA entertain non other than Carlton!
A great game this as entertaining to the blog as a neutral with a fair few hoppers in attendance I guess this was a very good advert for the West Yorkshire League. Also of note here were the 3 officials headed up by Arran Williams who had good games in what was a testing fixture.
Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon saw us get a quick connection back to Wakefield and we were soon back at base around 7.15pm.
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