Batelians safe from relegation

BATELIANS are safe from relegation despite slipping to an 8-0 defeat to leaders Grangefield in the Yorkshire Old Boys League Senior B Division last Saturday.

Batelians may lie third-bottom but Gildersome Spurs have finished their programme bottom of the table, while Collegians are four points behind Batley with just one game left.

Heckmondwike GS were decimated with seven players missing as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Centralians Reserves.

Heckmondwike remain in trouble, just three points above the Division Three relegation zone.

Batelians Reserves handed themselves a lifeline with a 6-1 win at home to Leeds City as they moved out of the bottom three and to within a point of Heckmondwike.

Batelians are now two points clear of third-bottom Leeds City but have played two games more and it will be either City, Batley or Heckmondwike who will take the third relegation spot.

Phil Bryant bagged a hat-trick with Mike Holdsworth, Ian Hall and Jamie Baulk also on target.

Division Five champions Wheelwright appeared to be heading for a shock defeat as they trailed St Bedes Thirds 3-0 with 20 minutes left.

Wheelwright poured men forward and Johnny Harrison bagged a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw. They should have a stronger side when the sides meet again on Saturday.