Albion guarantee safety with win to end turbulent campaign

OSSETT Albion secured their North East Regional League survival with a 4-2 victory in their relegation clash at Rovers Foundation.

It has been a topsy-turvy season for Albion, when their promising start to the campaign turned into a slump that sent them plummeting down the Southern Division table, but they came good when it really mattered.

Skipper Gemma Patterson picked up the player of the match award for Albion but Rachel Barber, with two goals and an assist for Kim Nallon, also made a crucial contribution.

Anna Taylor was the other scorer while regular scorer Nicki Swift turned provider for two of the Albion goals.

That win has eased the pressure for the final game at a Harrogate Railway side still needing three points from their last three games to make sure of their own survival.

In the West Riding League there was an upset in the League Cup final at Ossett Town’s Ing Field ground.

Premier Division Tingley Athletic took on a Bradford City A side whose bid for promotion behind champions Battyeford Belles has fallen away in recent weeks.

Yet, despite this, underdogs City lifted the trophy for the first time with a 4-2 win.

It is back to league action for City this week when they take on Battyeford Belles knowing they have to win this, and their final game at pointless Oulton, to clinch the second promotion place.

Ossett Town’s Premier Division season ended on a disappointing note when their last game, at home to Brighouse Athletic, ended in a 4-3 defeat, while in Division Three Dewsbury Rangers, despite a superb performance in a 3-1 defeat at home to 100 per cent champions Wigton Moor, can still win promotion with victories over Amaranth and Crossley in their last two games.

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