> By Philip Rhodes (T&A)
Heavy rain wiped out almost two thirds of the scheduled West Riding County Amateur League programme but Albion Sports and Tingley Athletic took advantage of being able to play in the PREMIER DIVISION by going goal crazy.
Jordan Missin scored a hat-trick as second-placed Albion overwhelmed Golcar United 8-1, while bottom side Tingley finally claimed a first win of the season in some style as they thumped fellow strugglers Hunsworth 6-1 thanks to Richard Smith's treble.
Myra Shay was one of the few grounds fit for action and Albion made the most of it as they moved within two points of leaders and defending champions Bay Athletic.
First-half strikes from Paul Helliwell, Jay Sobers, Missin and Jamie Bairstow left Golcar facing an uphill battle. Two more Missin strikes, backed up by Bairstow's second and Ryan Aujla, completed the tally, with Mick Reynolds bagging the consolation. The battle of the bottom two teams went the way of Tingley as they picked up their first win in 12 games to move level on points with hosts Hunsworth. Smith led the way with a hat-trick, supported by Gavin Huxall, Steve Mitchell and Mathew Kelly. Steve Oakes struck the sole reply.
The only game possible in DIVISION ONE saw Tyersal Reserves also gain a first win as they sent visitors Eastmoor packing 4-1. Mathew Williamson replied to goals from Jamie Brennan, Jamie McEwen, Gareth Stoyles and Shaun Pogson.
DIVISION TWO fixtures fared better, with only two falling victim to the weather, but Rawdon Old Boys slipped from second place to fourth after a 3-3 draw at home to Crag Road United.
Two Nick Walker goals had put Crag in charge before two from Oliver Leslie and one by Paul Moorhouse gave the Old Boys the edge, until a late equaliser by Damian Rushworth denied the hosts.
Newcomer Lepton Highlanders took over in second spot with a 4-0 win at Huddersfield YMCA, while West Horton climbed to third after a Ross Briscoe hat-trick helped them beat Long Lee 4-2.
Steeton Reserves beat Morley Town 6-3, with doubles from Ben McCormack and Chris Smith added to by Ricardo Falconi and Liam Bellamy.
Only one game was possible in DIVISION THREE and ended in a 4-2 win for Albion Sports Reserves at home to higher-placed Marsden Reserves as Jatinder Singh and Ben Cook both netted twice.
Halifax Irish won a second-round WEST RIDING COUNTY FA CHALLENGE CUP penalty shoot-out 4-1 after drawing 1-1 at FC Thorne Town. A trip to Sherburn White Rose is the reward
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