COLLEGIANS reinforced their title credentials in the Under 15s with victory at Brighouse Town.
Jordan Byrnes and Tom Short scored for the league leaders, looking for a second title, but replies from Joseph Wimpenny, Josh Kaye and Daniel Ramsden ensured a 3-2 win for Collegians who, with only one defeat so far this season, are hoping for an improvement on last year’s third place finish.
In Division II of the Under 15s, Netherton’s hopes of promotion suffered another blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw against Woodkirk Valley.
Matthew Jones scored for the home side but an own goal levelled the scores and Netherton had to settle for a point.
Linthwaite Under 15s picked up another three points to add to their promotion push with a comfortable win over Norristhorpe.
Despite scoring twice, the Heckmondwike side were unable to hold out as Joshua Haigh, Matthew Jennings, Daniel Kaye (2) and a Damon Sykes hat trick settled the issue 7-2 in Linthwaite’s favour.
Batley Phoenix scored a heavy victory over Under 13 Division 2B promotion rivals Ossett Town.
Ossett were unable to find the net as two goals each for Ben Warne, Nathan McDaid and Matthew Carney secured a 6-0 win to push Batley into third place.
Promotion-chasing Collegians came through an awkward test in their Under 14 Division III derby with Westend.
The swirling wind at Salendine Nook made for difficult playing conditions but, although Westend scored through Liam Smith, replies from James Nixon (2) and Alex Marriot-Mills secured a well earned three points for Collegians.
Rastrick moved into second place in Division IV of the Under 14s with a 6-0 victory over Shelf.
The Rastrick defence were in mean mood as mid-table Shelf were denied a place on the scoresheet but, at the other end, goals from Aran Garth, Logan Puka and a Ben Norman hat trick ensured the victory.
In the Fourth Division of the Under 14s, Northowram put one hand on the league title following their victory over Hartshead.
Josh Darby scored for second-placed Hartshead, but Northowram, who have lost only one game so far this season, netted six times with goals from Liam Watson (2), Tom Gill (2), Daniel Abel and James Collins to cement their place firmly at the head of the division.
In the same section, Hade Edge’s promotion hopes were dealt a blow when they suffered a home defeat against Netherton.
Third-placed Hade Edge found the net twice but a goal from Greg Hustler and a double strike from Liam Norcliffe sealed a 3-2 win for Netherton.
Three West Riding County FA Cup games provided mixed fortunes for RCD League sides.
Clifton Rangers, the league’s last hopes for silverware in the Under 14 competition, suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of BD3 United.
There was better news, however, in the Under 12 Cup where both YMCA and Westwood Jets booked their places in the semi-finals.
YMCA were forced into extra-time by Leeds-based Horsforth St Margarets, but a brilliant hat trick from George Doyle finally settled the issue 3-2 to YMCA, who now meet Oakworth JFC at Woodlesford.
Meanwhile, Wibsey-based Westwood Jets booked their place with a 4-2 victory at Collingham United.