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Earby Town steam to Craven League victory in style at Ingrow & Worth Valley
The wet weather decimated the Mastab’s Craven Football League programme on Saturday, with just five matches going ahead.
All three fixtures were postponed in the Premier Division, but one match survived in Division Two, with second-placed Earby Town Reserves scoring a crushing 6-0 win at Ingrow & Worth Valley.
Adam Smith was in deadly form, scoring four times, while James Oldroyd and Lewis McKane were on target for Earby.
Oakworth Reserves went second in Division Three after defeating Sutton 3-1.
Gary Earle put the hosts ahead with a 30-yard screamer but Chris Vollentine levelled.
Just before half-time, Oakworth regained the lead with a bullet header from a corner by Phil Lyness.
The second half proved a scrappy affair until Sutton were reduced to ten men when they lost a player for dissent.
It opened things up for Oakworth and they put the game to bed when Earle netted his second.
Settle United sneaked a 3-2 win at Bradley with goals by Sam Adnett, Paul Ambrose, and Ian Wildman, while Mike Jarvis and David Hunt netted for Bradley, who were left to reflect on some sloppy defending.
FC Sporting Keighley, playing their first match for three weeks, moved level with Padiham at the top of Division Four on goal difference after a crushing 11-2 win over Sutton Reserves, thereby maintaining their 100 per cent record.
Jamie Forrest netted twice for the losers, who conceded six goals in the first half and five in the second and missed a penalty.
Scorers for Sporting were man of the match Aaran Abbas (4), Zain Abbas (2), Habib Aslam, Munzir Nazir, Shazaib Hussain, Faruk Ali and Haroon Ali.
On Saturday, Sporting Keighley face Bradley Reserves at Marley.
A solitary goal from Sam Hunter was Carleton Reserves’ only consolation as they lost 7-1 to newcomers Manningham Stars.
* Silsden Whitestar progressed to the third round of the West Riding County FA Trophy after a 3-2 victory at well-organised Rothwell Juniors.
It was always going to be a tough test for the Craven League Division One side, whose first season in the Trophy has attracted a cult following, with a coachload of spectators supporting them at Fleet Lane, Woodlesford.
Silsden got off to a great start against the run of play as Jamie Cunningham gave them the lead after five minutes.
Whitestar were pegged back before the break and trailed 2-1 at half-time.
But boss Gary Lund’s team talk seemed to inspire his new-look team as they equalised after 60 minutes when Daniel Cox stabbed in from close range.
Cox poked the ball home again with eight minutes left to book Silsden’s place.