Skipton Town seal Craven League title as railwaymen fail to halt derby rivals

Craven Herald: Skipton Town's Liam Cartman lobs the Skipton LMS Reserves' keeper, only to see his effort go just wide Buy this photo Skipton Town's Liam Cartman lobs the Skipton LMS Reserves' keeper, only to see his effort go just wide

Skipton Town showed no mercy in becoming Division Two champions of the Mastab’s Craven League on Saturday.

Needing to win to overtake AFC Colne, who had completed their programme, they won 9-1 at third-from-bottom neighbours Skipton LMS Reserves.

Four of the Town players notched braces - Sam Kimberley, Jordan Slade, Jake Thompson and substitute William Knight, with the tally being completed by Andrew Nicholson. Craig Harrison netted the sole reply.

Fourth-placed Bradley and fifth placed Ingrow & Worth Valley were well matched in their midweek clash at Oakbank School, the Keighley-based hosts winning 3-2 with goals from man of the match Rye Bailey, Graham Whitaker and substitute Matthew Masters, Mariusz Skoczek and James Wilson being on target for Bradley.

Settle United may have won the Division One title several weeks ago but they suffered their first defeat of the season at third-placed Grassington United on Saturday.

Jeremy Gee and man of the match Nigel Wood were the marksmen for the hosts, David Worthington mustering the only goal for Settle.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, basement club Hellifield Sports swapped places with second-from-bottom Pendle after thumping them 9-0.

Simon Chapman and Dale Denham both fired in hat-tricks, substitute Carl Stanofrd added a brace and Jonathan Dawson completed the rout.

Skipton Town Reserves made it a happy week for their club with a 5-2 midweek victory over ninth-placed Barnoldswick Barons in Division Four.

Knight justified his promotion to the first-team’s bench for Town with a hat-trick, Liam Coates and Daniel Mark also scoring, with Richard Greenhalgh and Jonny Senior replying.

Second-placed Polonia Patson did not have things all their own way at bottom club Sutton the previous night, only winning 4-2, Pizemmyslaw Witch keeping the pot boiling with a treble, Jardstaw Maziarz also being on target.

Fourth-placed Bradley Reserves were also midweek victors, Paul Hunt’s goal being all that separated the sides at next-to-bottom Addingham, but the winners could not repeat the dose at the weekend, hosts Polonia Patson triumphing 4-0 with efforts from Witch, Maziarz, man of the match David Zulewski and Lukasz Daildzic.

Barons also went down 5-1 at Pendle Renegades Reserves at the weekend, for whom Daniel Amos, George Blackburn, Ben Greenwood, Matthew King and Owen Pearson netted as they climbed from fourth to third.

The most thrilling match of the weekend was undoubtedly at Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves, who triumphed 7-6 at home to Horton.

Frank Jackson netted four but still finished on the losing side, as did fellow marksmen Drew Jennings and Dan Sharp as the second string leapfroggged their opponents into seventh.

Skipton LMS have already sealed the Premier Division title but there was no letting up as they completed their programme with a 3-1 win at Wilsden Athletic, Ian Craven (2) and substitute Joel Timmins being on target .

Already-relegated Embsay’s goals against tally climbed to 58 on the back of a 5-1 defeat in their final match at Trawden Celtic, who went second after Benjamin Gorman’s treble and Billy Crawshaw’s brace, David Greenwood getting the only reply.

Bradley now know who their opponents are in tonight’s Division Two Cup final at Cowling (6.30) after Earby Town Reserves won 1-0 at Bingley Town.

Meanwhile, Grindleton have risen to fifth in Division Three on the back of home victories against Ilkley (3-1) and Sporting Keighley (6-2). .

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