Harrogate and District League: Wetherby A top table after double win

Thomas Kirk races through on goal for Clifford (Visualised Photography)
Thomas Kirk races through on goal for Clifford (Visualised Photography)

Wetherby Athletic ‘A’ have taken an early three point lead in the Harrogate and District football league after two wins in their first two games.

After an opening day win over Knaresborough Celtic, Wetherby surprised Clifford with a 3-2 win at the Ings.

The first goal arrived in the 19th minute when Jack Abbott placed his free-kick perfectly over the surprised keeper and into the back of the net.

Five minutes later and the scores were level, another deep cross was played into the area, this time falling to the feet of the unmarked Gerard McCargo who lashed the ball past Comac Walsh.

In the 61st minute, Wetherby re-established their lead when good play from Jack Cheetham saw the ball slipped into Joe Goodsall who then unleashed a powerful shot that left the Clifford keeper no chance as it found its target.

Four minutes later and it was 3-1. A corner was floated in and headed down by Innocent Huly, despite being initially cleared by the player on the line, the ball fell to Freddie Jackson who headed over the player and into the roof of the net.

Despite being two goals down, Clifford were still threatening and with twelve minute left, they pulled one back when, former Leeds United player, Henry McStay wasn’t picked up and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Despite late attempts to find an equaliser, Clifford conceded defeat to the disappointment of boss Matthew Wilson.

He said: “We missed a hat-full of chances and conceded some goals to shoddy defending.

“We had a good chance to level that fell to McCargo late on, but Wetherby’s centre-back made a great block.

“Overall, we were disappointed not to get an equaliser.”

Wilson was more upbeat about Clifford’s opening weekend 5-0 thumping of Beckwithshaw Saints after seeing McCargo bag four of his side’s strikes.

He said: “It was quite a comfortable win against what I expect to be a strong Beckwithshaw side.

“Starting the season with a 5-0 win is always pleasing no matter who we are playing.

“There has been some strange results so far and every one is on a level playing field at the moment.

“It is a tough league but we really should have made the most on Tuesday night because those are the games we need to be winning.”

Kirk Deighton Rangers sit level with Clifford in the West Yorkshire Premier on three points after a surprise opening day 2-1 loss at Kirkstall Crusaders was avenged with a 4-2 victory at home to Kirkby Malzeard.

Meanwhile, in Division One, Bramham got off to winning start with a thoroughly entertaining 4-3 victory against Pateley Bridge.