CROSS Hills missed out on a title after they beaten 3-0 by Division One leaders Bingley Town on Saturday.

Bingley Town, however, are celebrating back-to-back title success in the Craven League.

Having won Division Two last season, winning 20 games out of 20, they were crowned champions of Division One after the 3-0 victory at home to second placed Cross Hills.

The crunch clash between the top two at Marley was in effect a shoot-out for the title - and it was Bingley who cruised to glory.

Bingley were without midfielder Liam Bellamy and Cross Hills were also missing a couple of regular players.

The visitors started the better, testing the hosts with several crosses which goalkeeper Chris Wheater dealt with well.

Bingley had a couple of injury concerns early on. Joel Tonks struggled to shake off a dead leg and swapped his wing back position with Jack Bilney.

Former captain David Want picked up a knock making a tackle and had to be replaced by Tyler Green as Mateka Nkome moved into the middle.

The bobbly pitch made it difficult for both sides to play football but Bingley settled their nerves when a sweeping move across the edge of the box saw Tonks drive the ball into the corner of the net.

More good work down the right sent Tonks away and, after rounding the last defender, he drew the keeper before squaring for the grateful Green to make it 2-0 by half-time.

There were few chances in the second half as Tonks ended any slim hopes of a Hills comeback when he fired into the corner from just inside the box to send the substantial crowd wild.

Now Bingley are hoping to add more silverware to their cabinet as they turn their attention to knock-out cups.

A League Cup semi-final against Cononley a week on Saturday is followed by the Keighley Cup final on Friday, May 3 when Bingley play the winner of Silsden Whitestar against Oxenhope.

Bingley Town Reserves are also aiming for glory in the Keighley Supplementary Cup final on May 10 against Oxenhope Reserves.

The future looks bright for the club, who are affiliated with long-established Bingley Juniors.