Strugglers Albion settle for well-earned draw

OSSETT ALBION bounced back from a crushing County Cup defeat to take a valuable point from a 1-1 draw in their North East Regional League game at home to Malet Lambert.

The visitors arrived with a depleted side but it took a goal from substitute Chloe Denton, from a Jenna Wraith assist, to break their resistance and though Albion pressed well they could not force a win.

With five draws from 10 games Albion are the Southern Division’s draw specialists, but they will be more than happy if they can snatch another on Sunday when they go to a table-topping Farsley Celtic side boasting a 100 per cent record from their seven games played.

It has been a tough first season in the Premier Division for West Riding League side Battyeford Belles, and it did not get any better when they had a break from their league programme to face North East Regional League side Farsley Celtic in a re-arranged County Cup tie.

As clear underdogs from the start they never looked like causing an upset as the slumped to a 9-0 defeat.

Meanwhile Ossett Town had a re-arranged Premier Division game as their scheduled opponents were in County Cup action – and they collected a welcome point in their relegation fight thanks to a 5-5 all-action draw at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

It has been a tough season for ambitious Town coach Dan Robinson as this was only the fourth point his side have managed to muster in nine games and home and away clashes with Silsden in the next two weeks look set to pose a further challenge.

However two wins would lift the Reds well clear of the bottom two.

In Division Two, a 2-1 win at Skipton Town saw Dewsbury Rangers move ahead of their opponents into second place on goal difference. They also have a game in hand ahead of Sunday’s trip to the mid-table Farsley Celtic Development side.

Ossett Town reserves remain bottom of the division after a 3-1 defeat at home to Boroughbridge. They can now expect another rough ride at home to promotion-chasing Clifton Rangers this week.

And finally Lower Hopton made progress in the County Cup when they saw off Third Division promotion rivals Ripon City with a 4-2 penalty shoot out victory following a 1-1 draw.

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