Football: Kirkbymoorside go eight points clear in Beckett League first division (From Gazette & Herald)
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Football: Kirkbymoorside go eight points clear in Beckett League first division
2:38pm Wednesday 12th February 2014 in Sport
Kirkbymoorside now have an eight-point lead at the top of the newitts.com Beckett League first division after a 3-1 home win against Rosedale on Saturday.
The visitors took the lead after five minutes through Tim Hodgson after excellent work by Sam Burns.
The Moorsiders equalised five minutes before half-time through Ryan Rivis and went ahead 10 minutes into the second half with a penalty by man-of-the-match midfielder Shaun Cox.
Josh Butler bagged their third after 72 minutes. Goalkeeper Shaun Dowson was Rosedale’s star man.
Sinnington moved up into second place after a 3-0 win at Heslerton.
The Sinners, playing some excellent football, were good value for their three points on what has been a bogey ground in recent years.
Two Graham Bateman goals were sandwiched by a Stuart Wilkinson strike, while the Sinners defence managed to keep their former striker, Robbie Preston, very quiet.
Sinnington have a game in hand on leaders Kirkbymoorside and still have to visit them.
Bateman and Heslerton midfielder Simon Oxendale were the men of the match.
Taryn Midgley scored twice in the opening 22 minutes, his first after good work by Simon King.
Duncombe Park had a good spell towards half-time in which they hit the crossbar and forced visitors goalkeeper David Sturgess into a couple of excellent saves.
But Thornton sealed victory with two goals in the last 10 minutes, both by substitute Rory Lancaster.
Park midfielder Karl Richardson and Midgley were the teams’ respective men of the match. Andy Sellars also shone for Thornton.
Slingsby boosted their division two promotion chances with a 2-0 victory over leaders Kirkdale United in a feisty encounter which brought two red cards and six yellow.
This was the only game played in the second division and was switched from Kirkdale to Slingsby due to a waterlogged pitch. The reverse fixture is yet to be played and will take place at Kirkdale.
It was a good, hard, well-contested game. Kirkdale played really well in the opening quarter but could not score and Slingsby took the lead 10 minutes before the interval via a Scott Simpson penalty after he had been pushed over.
The second half was end to end, Slingsby sealing victory 10 minutes from time through Luke Gibson’s fine goal.
Slingsby’s Michael Anderson and United’s Josh Berry were the ones sent off, while Slingsby quartet Simpson, John Gibson, Sean Keefe and Chris Yarborough, along with Kirkdale duo Sean Doyle and Edward Bell, were cautioned.
Kirkdale still top the table with 31 points from 16 games but Wombleton Wanderers are favourites, lying second with 29 points from 11 games. Slingsby are third with 29 from 14, while Settrington have 28 from 15.
Kirkdale’s Doyle and Slingsby left-back Joe Brown, part of a fine defensive effort, were the men of the match.
• Gillamoor beat Beckett League rivals Thornton-le-Dale reserves 4-1 in a friendly.
Craig Ibbotson put Gillamoor ahead but a Luke Hobbs free-kick levelled matters. Gills, for whom Paul Simpson was the man of the match against his former team, got on top in the second half and scored through Sean Wilson, Tom Skelton and Danny Drake. Hobbs, who shone for the visitors, hit the bar.