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Lucky 13 for FC Sporting Keighley
10:09am Thursday 7th March 2013 in Sport
Shazaib Hussain hit a hat-trick as FC Sporting Keighley extended their 100 per cent Mastab's Craven League Division Four record to 13 games with a 5-2 win at Bradley reserves.
FC were cruising 4-0 – Aaran Abbas and Zain Abbas also finding the target – before Bradley pulled two goals in the latter stages after the leaders had made three substitutions.
But man of the match Hussain had the last word as he clinched his hat-trick. His side remain six points clear at the top after nearest rivals Padiham Town saw off Pendle Renegades reserves 3-1.
There was an upset in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy where Division One leaders Wilsden Athletic defeated Premier outfit Grindleton 2-1. Goals from Tom Dibb and Tom Carberry sealed their semi-final spot.
Premier Division champions Skipton LMS took advantage of Rolls being involved in cup action as they regained top spot with a comfortable 4-1 win at Cowling.
Ian Craven hit a hat-trick for LMS, with Ben Brown on target for Cowling.
Depleted Cross Hills had no recognised goalkeeper and manager Gary Greene as their only substitute as they went down 3-1 at Pendle Athletic. Two goals from Jake Butterworth were key to Pendle’s success, while Tom McCann was the Cross Hills scorer.
Gargrave’s push for promotion in Division One is gathering pace after a 3-1 win over fellow contenders Oakworth. With games in hand, Gargrave are handily placed to challenge for a swift return to the top flight.
Christian Moon opened the scoring with an excellent finish but Oakworth equalised from the penalty spot. Gargrave went back in front with a John Beckwith header and, after Oakworth had hit a post, Beckwith scored his second goal to seal the three points.
Settle United boosted their chan-ces of avoiding relegation with a 6-1 win over bottom team Rolls reserves.
The result takes Settle seven points ahead of second-bottom Silsden Whitestar, who went down 4-3 to Earby Town. Whitestar’s big hope is the fact they have five games in hand on Settle.
Promotion-chasing Cononley Sports edged a 2-1 win over Chatburn in the quarter-finals of the Division One League Cup.
The top two in Division Two were both involved in 3-3 draws. Leaders Embsay reserves shared the points at Earby Town reserves, while second-placed Pendle Renegades drew with relegation-threatened Silsden Whitestar reserves.
There were goals aplenty at Ingrow & Worth Valley, where the home side pipped Bingley Town 6-4.
Cross Hills reserves reduced Cononley Sports reserves’ lead in Division Three to a point with a 6-2 win over Settle United reserves.
Two of the teams fighting to avoid relegation had valuable wins. Sutton defeated Grassington United reserves 3-2, while Cowling reserves edged a 3-2 win over Oakworth reserves with two goals by Sam Sowerbutts and one from Kyle Willis.
Michael Ruddock’s double – his second coming after a through-ball from Lukasz Sarosinski – was an important feature of Sutton’s win. Joshua Smith was also on the scoresheet for the South Craven side, while Jonathan Brewin netted the Grassington reply.
Bottom-of-the-table Ingrow & Worth Valley reserves suffered another setback as they went down 3-1 to Oxenhope thirds.
Oxenhope took a two-goal advantage through Tom Tetley and Sam Coates, before the visitors pulled one back.
With ten minutes left a powerful volley from Karl Wellard settled the match.
Grindleton reserves fought back from 3-1 down to defeat Bradley 4-2 on penalties in a thrilling Division Three Cup quarter-final which finished 3-3 after extra-time.