Champions Skipton LMS get their bid for fifth Mastab's Craven League title off on right track

Luke Howsen scored four times for LMS

Luke Howsen scored four times for LMS

First published in Sport

SKIPTON’S football teams have certainly been quick out of the blocks this season in the Mastab’s Craven League.

LMS are alone at the head of the Premier Division with two wins from two matches after dismissing visitors Embsay 8-0 last week.

Man of the match Luke Howsen (4), Fred Midgley (3) and Paul Wilkin were on target for LMS, and Settle United would have joined them on six points on Saturday had they been able to hold on to a 2-1 half-time lead against visitors Grassington United.

However, the roles were reversed in the second half in a 3-3 draw, John Beckwith, Elliot Firth and Mark Loughlin netting for Settle and Jeremy Gee, Jack Schindler and substitute Jan Ozdoba replying for Grassington.

Cross Hills and Cononley Sports are among the five teams who are yet to lose, and both featured in 1-1 draws.

Jamie Page was Cross Hills’ marksman at Trawden Celtic, while substitute Joel Birks rescued a point for Sports at home to Wilsden Athletic.

Liam Garbutt (2) and Morgan Brown were among the scorers for Rolls, who got off the mark in style with a 4-1 home win over Grindleton.

Andrew Nicholson’s hat-trick spurred Skipton Town to a 4-1 victory over visitors AFC Colne in Division One.

Town’s other scorer was William Knight as they maintained their 100 per cent record alongside Pendle Renegades and Gargrave, for whom Cameron Hodge and Liam Jameson netted in a 2-0 midweek home triumph against Silsden Whitestar.

Jordan Blackburn (2) and Robert Watson (2) earned Bradley a 4-4 draw at Hellifield Sports.

Renegades had eight different scorers in their 9-0 home win over bottom club Cononley Sports Reserves.

Grassington United Reserves are fourth in Division Two after a 3-3 draw with visitorsEarby Town Reserves, Christian Akrigg, Ben Gannon and James Morgan netting for United.

However, bottom two Sutton and Skipton Town Reserves couldn’t manage a goal between them as they crashed 8-0 and 3-0 respectively at leaders Grindleton Reserves and Manningham All Stars.

Third Division front-runners Carleton haven’t conceded a goal yet, their latest victory being by 8-0 at home to Bradley Reserves. Stuart Gee and Benjamin Teal both netted hat-tricks.

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