Claro League: Invincible Kirk Deighton Rangers wrap up first title

Kirk Deighton Rangers
Kirk Deighton Rangers

Kirk Deighton Rangers have secured the Claro Sunday League title, and remained invincible in the process.

Ben Lawrence’s charges destroyed Harrogate Cosmos 8-0 on the Stray, while yards away, title rivals Sherwood crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Atlanta.

The results ensured the trophy would leave Station View, and head to Deighton.

It is the first time the Barr Field outfit have claimed the crown, and club officials believe it is the first time in the league’s history for a team to remain unbeaten.

“I’m over the moon for the lads,” said Lawrence, who has managed Deighton’s Sunday squad for seven years.

“They are a bunch of mate and we have got them playing the way we want to play. Most importantly, they all enjoy it.”

Rangers have won 12 of their 15 clashes in Division One this season, and their dominance was on full show to blitz doomed Harrogate Cosmos on Sunday.

Jonny Hadley’s hat-trick led the way for the league leaders, while Mikey Large, Jon Richards, Liam McEntee, Adam Carter and Warren Clarke also earned a slice of the honours.

Rangers took the title off last year’s winners Sherwood, who were playing on the neighbouring pitch as the celebrations began.

Lawrence said his side began to believe they could win the league after beating Harrogate CSC on the second week of the season.

He added: “With how competitive it’s been this season, it’s a fantastic achievement and I can’t imagine it will be done again. We have rode our luck, but we always had the belief that we could do it.”

Lawrence has directed the team up from the pits of Division Three into the all-conquering side of 2014/15. And Kirk Deighton chairman Dan Jones said the gaffer deserved a large chunk of the plaudits.

He said: “It’s something that’s been five or six years in the making.

“Ben has built the team for a mediocre side to one that is a force to be reckoned with.

“He’s done a lot of things to get people to buy into his brand of football.”

The success followed Deighton’s Saturday league side claiming the Harrogate and District Premier League last season, which they are fighting to retain this year.

Jones added: “I’m an extremely proud chairman. Since I have been at the helm, in the last two years we have won the Harrogate Premier and now the Claro League. Things are quite buoyant.”