Doncaster Alliance League: Canal Tavern extend their lead at the top

A GUTSY effort by Half Moon
A GUTSY effort by Half Moon

A Kirk Frost double helped Canal Tavern strengthen their grip on top spot in the Doncaster Sunday Alliance League Premier Division.

Glen Hookway and Ross Ebbage also chipped in with goals as unbeaten Tavern extended their lead to five points with a 4-0 win over bottom club Auckley.

Second-placed Bentley Top Club lost ground after being held to a 2-2 draw at Stainforth.

Graceholme climbed above fellow strugglers Wheatsheaf, for whom Tom Padgett (2) and Anthony Bird netted, on goal difference after beating them 5-3.

But Toll Bar, who had to settle for a consolation goal by John Drury, failed to ease their relegation worries when going down 5-2 at home to Leger Lions.

Defending champions Sprotbrough returned to winning ways when beating fifth-placed Eden Grove 4-2 to close to within two points of the Hexthorpe side with three games in hand.

Lonsdale held on to top spot in the Championship after inflicting a 3-2 defeat on The Vault, whose goals were shared by Luke Newton and Dimitry Fedotov.

Armthorpe Albion, who have two games in hand, kept the pressure on with an 8-0 rout of visiting Windmill.

Carpenters Arms (Josh Morris, Simon Robertshaw) dropped to third on goal difference after losing 5-2 at home to Bullcroft Sports & Pastimes.

Red Lion remain just off the pace following their 6-1 win over Newton Arms.

Aiden Parker notched a hat trick for the winners with Mark Kearsley, Mitchell Wain and Kristian Robson also chipping in.

Rosehill Press remain second bottom after going down 2-0 at home to Walton Wonderers.

Winning Post (Kieron Ferguson) saw their lead at the top of Division One cut back to seven points after being held to a 1-1 draw at Bessacarr.

The Askern, who have two games in hand, boosted their title hopes with a 7-2 win over FC Gatehouse. Callum Smith helped himself to three of the goals with Scott Dixon, Gareth Davis, Neil Embury and Leon Tarry completing the scoring.

FC Dunscroft held on to third spot thanks to a 6-4 win over Finningley Athletic.

Armthorpe Village continue to prop up the table following their 3-2 defeat against visiting Adam & Steve.

The visitors goals were shared by James Hendrey, David Colakovic and Shaun Hardisty.

C&R Sports Bar knocked the spots of lowly Leopard. Iain Lowe and Terry McCombe both bagged a brace with Christopher Ramsey, Daniel Moses and David Stewart also getting in on the act. James Connor was the Leopard marksman.

A four-goal haul by Harry Hodgson and a single strike by Russell Damms secured Carcroft Village a 5-3 win over Arskey Victoria, whose consolation goals were shared by Jamie Barnes, Gary Jackson and Paul Thompson.

Jakes Bar Rangers continue to set the pace at the top of Division Two following their 3-0 win at Schoolboy Norton, but Ryecroft Rovers and Legion Park Rangers look the teams to beat.

Second-placed Rovers, who have four games in hand of the leaders, coasted to an 8-1 win over top-four rivals DN5 Old Boys.

Rangers, four points adrift with five games in hand, won 5-0 at FC Cumberland.

FC Ivanhoe showed lowly Pit Club no mercy when dishing out a 7-2 beating. Matty O’Hara was the Sprotbrough team’s hat trick hero and he received good support from Craig Dallas, Adam Barlow and Christian Hughes.

A Tommy Jepson brace and a Michael Dixon goal resulted in a 3-1 defeat for Highwayman at Scawthorpe.

Hawcroft and Bradley shared the FC Wadworth consolation goals in their 3-2 home defeat against Rhino’s United.

Balby CSV beat hosts The Urban by the odd goal in eleven.

Fairway Athletic retained top spot in Division Three despite suffering only their second defeat of the campaign (1-0) against lowly Palfreys Lodge.

The Railway steamed into second spot on the back of a 3-0 win at Newlands.

Balby Academy of Sport Inter climbed into the top four as a result of their 5-1 win over Windmill Wanderers. Tom Rooke, Richard Rodgers, Ryan Lambert and Sam York did the damage with Graham Stent preventing a whitewash.

A Mark Hodgkinson double failed to save Jakes Bar United from a 3-2 home defeat by Team 23.

FC Parklands (Kieron Falcus 2, Aaron Harrison, Danny Murphy) beat Balby Rovers by the odd goal in seven.

Eden Arms continue to prop up the league after losing 3-2 against Rhino’s United.