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Wilsden seven points clear at the top after securing their seventh win in eight games
5:09pm Thursday 1st November 2012 in Sport
Wilsden pulled seven points clear at the top of the Mastab's Craven League Division One after a 4-0 victory over Hellifield.
Alex Lancaster, Thomas Dibb, Jack Lancaster and an own goal enabled them to record their seventh win in eight matches.
James Gill and Simon Harris each scored twice as second-placed Oakworth won 4-0 away to bottom team Rolls reserves.
Pendle are fourth after an Andy Ledger hat-trick helped them to a 4-0 win over Settle United. Ledger hit his treble after David Tuleet had opened the scoring.
Champions Skipton LMS went back to the top of the Premier Division after a 3-2 home win over lowly Embsay.
Goals from Michael Conroy, Ian Craven – his 11th of the season to move him level with Rolls’ Daniel Paton at the top of the goalscoring charts – and Luke Howsen earned them the three points, which enabled them to regain the lead from Grindleton, who were without a game.
Peter Watson and Alex Conroy netted for Embsay, who have now conceded 30 goals – more than any other side in the top flight.
LMS lead the table by one point from Rolls, who moved up to second place after a 5-3 victory at Pendle. Third-placed Grindleton have two games in hand over the two teams above them.
Paul McDowall (2), Chris Bell, Benjamin Crabtree and Matthew Naylor earned Rolls their third win of the season.
Trawden Celtic defeated a weakened Cross Hills outfit 5-3, with defensive mistakes letting the South Craven side down.
A great header from Greenwood levelled the score after Celtic had gone ahead but errors saw Hills trail 4-1 at the break. They came out a different side in the second half as Jimmy Anson pulled one back but Celtic added a fifth before a great individual effort from Sam Conway proved to be just a consolation.
Pendle Renegades opened a three-point lead in Division Two after beating Skipton Town 4-1. Scott Myers netted twice and there were further goals from Ian Livesey and Norman Taylforth.
Second-placed AFC Colne were defeated 3-2 away by second-bottom Silsden Whitestar Reserves. Goals from Gavin Shearer (2) and Gavin Cox proved decisive.
Earby Town reserves closed to within a point of AFC Colne after hitting Skipton LMS reserves for six. James Oldroyd and Adam Smith each scored twice, while Matthew Bowker and Chris Crabtree added further goals in a 6-0 win.
Cononley took over at the top of Division Three after a 4-2 win at Ingrow & Worth Valley reserves, where Daniel Blakesley and Sean Kelly were on target for the home side.
Craig Ebrell, Colin Throupe and Tommy Seward netted for Cononley, who also benefited from an own goal. Victory saw them leapfrog Cross Hills reserves, who were held 4-4 by Cowling reserves.
Hills led three times as Rob Kaminski grabbed a hat-trick but goals from Sam Dudman, Alistair Jones, Zak Loker and Scott Mason earned Cowling a share of the spoils.
Matthew Appleton and Andrew Collup were on target for Grassington United reserves as they defeated Sutton 2-1.
All eight goals came in the second half as Oakworth reserves defeated Grindleton reserves 5-3. Goals from Tom Hill, Chris Reynolds, Jamie Greenwood, Gary Earle (penalty) and David Rhodes earned the points for Oakworth.
Horton edged out Carleton Reserves 3-2 to boost their Division Four promotion challenge.
Jack Fletcher’s double helped Sutton reserves see off Bradley reserves 5-2. Jamie Forrest, Zac Pearson and Ben Loker rounded off the Sutton scoring. David Hunt and Robbie Smith replied.