A PAIR of braces saw Grassington United beat Trawden Celtic Juniors to keep their lead at the top of the Premier Division on another weather affected weekend of action in the Craven League.

Substitute Luke Howson came off the bench for Grassington in the second half and scored two goals, adding to Reece Fowler's brace as United secured a 4-2 victory on the 3G pitch at Sandylands in Skipton.

Mark Threlfall was on target with a brace for Trawden, who are five points behind Grassington but have three games in hand on the leaders.

It was the second week that Grassington had played on the 3G at Sandylands, as many grounds across the league will have been waterlogged due to the recent spell of wet weather.

However, one other Premier Division game did manage to go ahead on the artificial pitch at Marley.

Silsden Whitestar striker Sam Stansfield was once again in fine form, scoring four goals to help his side cruise to a 7-1 win against Carleton Sports Club.

Whitestar, who led 4-1 at half-time, also got goals from Casey Dowthwaite, Josh McNulty and substitute Aaron Vaughn.

Kieron Hall scored a consolation for Carleton, who are second from bottom in the division.

Silsden remain in fourth place, nine points behind Grassington but they have four games in hand on the leaders.