Late penalty denies Rangers share of spoils

RAVENSTHORPE Rangers almost provided a surprise in the Spen Valley League Premier Division last Saturday.

Rangers, who are eighth in the table, held leaders Bradford to 1-1 but in the final five minutes Bradford clinched victory when they scored a penalty.

Atis was on target for Ravensthorpe but they were denied as Azir Gulsar and Matthew Knowles replied for Bradford.

Bottom side Quarry lost 6-0 to second-placed BD3 United, who scored three goals in each half.

Toseef Arshad and Ihtisham Yasin scored two apiece and there were further goals for Tala Mahmood and Intikab Alam.

Fairbank sneaked a victory at Mount after a see-saw game.

Fairbank took the lead after three minutes with a penalty from Mazhar Iqbal, Mount levelled before Fairbank regained the lead with an own goal.

Mount equalised for a second time but in the final five minutes Faisal Shabir scored the winner for Fairbank.

Mount scorers were Raees Lortan and Suleman Laher.

TVR beat West Bradford Spartans 5-2, despite Chris Haigh and Dominic Petschar.

The match between Jardy Boys, who are third, and fifth-placed Girlington was abandoned when fighting broke out.

The matter will be passed to the West Riding County FA for disciplinary action to be taken.

In Division One leaders Vision were beaten for the first time this season, 2-1 by Oakwell, in the top of the table clash.

Oakwell’s goals, scored by Luke Newsome and Nathan Wilkinson.

Anthony Wales scored for Vision after the break but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat.

Oakwell join Vision on 44 points but they have played two games more.

Third-placed Marsh, had Chris Bowman and Richard Harvey on the scoresheet but it wasn’t enough and they lose touch with the leaders after they were beaten 3-2 by BD3 Reserves.

Sheraz Mahmood, Gulfrazhan and Ibraheen Betroui were on target for BD3.

Howden Clough earned a 3-0 win over Thornhill thanks to goals from Phil Crossland, Lee Crossland and Cory Starkie.

Norfolk beat Ravenswharfe Hotel after the sides had been drawing 1-1 at half-time.

Norfolk pulled away after the break and ran out 4-1 winners.

Imfran Farooq scored a hat-trick and Ismail Lunat landed the other, Ryan Riley scored for Ravenswharfe.

ALC beat Inter Batley 3-0, two of which were penalties, the scorers were Ashley Dutton and Dave Niblock.

The first Sonder Heating Cup semi-final between Fairbank and BD3 United was played last night (Wednesday).

The second semi is next Wednesday (April 18) between Savile United and Jardy Boys at 7pm, with the final scheduled for Monday April 23.