Shepherds Arms are six hits as Wakefield League restarts
Football action resumed as planned in the Wakefield Sunday League with teams taking part in their first competitive matches since the 2021 lockdown was brought in.
With the league in its usual format scrapped for the season clubs have been put into new smaller groups to ease them back in after the long lay-off.
Shepherds Arms made a flying start to the inter-league competition when they beat a strong Fryston AFC team 6-2 with Jamie Eyles leading the way with a hat-trick. Brandon Kane and Robert Bloomfield also netted.
Elsewhere, Nostell MW had Josh Craig on target twice to go with a goal from Dean Normington as they won 3-2 at home to Whitwood Metrostars.
Lee Watson hit a hat-trick as King George OB won 5-1 at Glasshoughton Rangers. David Stewart and Calum Humphreys were also on target.
Aiden Smith earned Travellers Stanley a 1-1 draw in their game at home to Brierley Cubs.
Westgate Common lost 5-1 to Chequerfield with Thomas Golding bagging their only goal.
Wakefield Athletic went down 3-1 at AFC Viaduct as a much sharper and clinical home team came from behind.
Athletic made a bright start with Danny Jones and Levon Zserdicky creating chances for Danny Young who went close twice. At the other end, the home side were denied a goal thanks to a goal-line clearance by Danny Jones.
However, in the 16th minute, a disguised pass by Joe Dack saw Danny Young beat the offside trap before bundling the ball in.
The lead only lasted four minutes as the Kirkburton side broke on the right to set up Joe Clegg to find target with a shot across the keeper.
Athletic were reduced to 10 men following a sin-bin offence and only good clearances by Kyle Clarke and Rob Biglands kept the game level. The sustained pressure by Viaduct paid off as Tom Clarke headed home.
Wholesale changes by the Wakefield outfit at half-time failed to inject a comeback chance and Alex Spivey put away a penalty in the 71st minute to secure a deserved victory for Viaduct.
The Michael Bell MOM was shared by Biglands, Danny Jones and Mamadou Touray.
A poor first half display proved costly as Wakefield Athletic A were edged out by the odd goal in seven against Crown Scissett in Group Six of the inter-league competition.
Crown struck twice in the opening half with a penalty and a header, but Athletic were unlucky as a long range effort from Amaan Aslam crashed against the woodwork and they did pull a goal back with a sublime finish from outside the area by Kabir Bashir.
The visitors struck again to make it 3-1 before Athletic skipper Hammad Ali produced an individual piece of skill then placed the ball into the bottom corner. Counter attacks from Crown continued to prove potent, however, and they broke away to net again.
In the second half Athletic produced a much better performance with Bashir scoring his second as a wonderful free-kick found the top corner. But Scissett held firm to seal a hard-earned victory.
The Michael Bell MOM award was shared by Bashir, Mohammed Usman and Jamie Grant.
Wakefield Athletic B made a great start in Group Five with a 3-0 win against St Ignatius.
Early chances for James Lindsay, George Crawshaw and Ben Beaumont showed the home side’s endeavour early on and they went ahead through James Johnston from a corner.
A second soon followed as a surging run by Ben Beaumont led to him netting. James Lindsay then made it 3-0, connecting with Sam Murphy’s inch perfect cross. Athletic keeper Gareth Sharpe made a couple of good saves to preserve his side’s lead, but although they had more chances the Wakefield team could not add to their tally.
Michael Bell MOM went to Johnston, Sharpe and Ed Jones.