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Littletown edge out Lower Hopton to secure County Amateur derby victory

Ryan Clay was on target for Wyke Wanderers as they defeated Leeds Modernians in West Yorkshire League Division One.
Ryan Clay was on target for Wyke Wanderers as they defeated Leeds Modernians in West Yorkshire League Division One.

Littletown earned the derby bragging rights with a 3-2 win away to Lower Hopton last Saturday, which leaves them fifth in the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division.

Littletown still have an outside chance of a top two finish but faced a crucial game away to third placed Golcar United last night (Wednesday), while they have a Wheatley Cup final against Hartshead to look forward to on Wednesday May 2.

The sides were locked 1-1 at half-time but although Robert Evans scored either side of the break for Lower Hopton, Littletown secured a fourth straight league win as Pat Sykes bagged a brace and George Porter also netted.

Defeat leaves Hopton ninth in the table, five points clear of second-bottom Wakefield City having played two games more and the sides were due to meet in a key clash in the fight against relegation last night.

Hunsworth remain second-bottom in Division One after they went down 3-1 at home to unbeaten champions Ovenden West Riding and slipped to a 12th defeat of the season.

Alex Wilson’s first half goal helped Hunsworth go into the break level at 1-1 but Ovenden went on to secure a 16th win of the season as Terry Ryan hit a brace and Damian Rendall also netted.

Hartshead slipped to second-bottom in the West Yorkshire League Premier Division after they produced an excellent fight but were unable to prevent a 1-0 defeat to title chasing Beeston St Anthonys.

James Allan’s first half goal was enough to secure Beeston all three points and they remain a point behind leaders Leeds City with both teams having five games remaining.

Hartshead had the chance to move out of the bottom two last night when they travelled to Hunslet Club for one of their three games in hand on Sherburn White Rose.

Wyke Wanderers consolidated third place in Division One with a 2-1 win over Leeds Modernians thanks to goals from Ryan Clay and Matt Conway and they are seven points behind Rawdon Old Boys with four games remaining, while Howden Clough slipped to an 8-0 defeat at Aberford Albion.