Harrogate League: Olly Aspey fires Deighton off the mark

Kirk Deighton Rangers manager Daniel Marshall.
Kirk Deighton Rangers manager Daniel Marshall.

Title holders Kirk Deighton Rangers earned their first win of the Harrogate and District Premier campaign with a single-goal win over Beckwithshaw Saints.

Olly Aspey scored the goal that separated the sides, in his first match since returning from travelling around the world.

“We played really well to say we had to wait 10 days after the Clifford loss,” said Marshall. “It was a result we deserved. We bossed it and kept goin guntil the end.”

Aspey may be dropped into the reserves this week to gain match fitness, with seven players returning from astag do.

Marshall has more than 20 players in his reckoning for a starting place, and he believes that will be key in his side’s bid to retain their championship.

“You are always going to need that,” he said. “It was a big part of our success last year and it will be again.”

Bedale Town continued their perfect start to the season as they beat Knaresborough Celtic 4-2.

Clifford thrashed Harlow Hill 4-1 to go third, while Pannal Sports got up and running with a 3-2 triumph over Kirkby Malzeard.

Rawdon Old Boys beat Leyburn United 2-1.

Results

Division One: Boroughbridge A 2-4 Hampsthwaite United; Bramham 5-1 Burley Trojans; Dalton Athletic 0-1 Pannal Sports Res; Hampsthwaite 6-1 Thirsk Falcons Res; KDR Res 2-4 Pateley Bridge; Kirkstall Crusaders 6-2 Beckwithshaw Saints Res.

Division Two: Addingham 4-6 Kirkby Malzeard Res; Hampsthwaite United Res 1-5 AFC Horsforth; Otley Town 3-6 Helperby United; Ripon Red Arrows 8-1 FC Harrogate.

Fixtures

Premier: KDR v Harlow Hill; K’boro Celtic v Pannal Sports’ Leyburn Utd v Beckwithshaw Saints; Rawdon OB v Kirkby Malzeard.

Division One: AFC Hillside v B’bridge A; Beckwithshaw Saints Res v Dalton Ath; Hampshwaite Utd v Burley Trojans; Harlow Hill Res v KDR Res; Pannal Sports Res v Kirkstall Crusaders; Thirsk Falcons Res v Bramham

Division Two: AFC Horsforth v Helperby United; FC Harrogate v Addingham; FC No Curfew v Bardsey Res; Otley Town A v Kirkby Malzeard Res; Pool A v Hampsthwaite United Res; Ripon Red Arrows v Bramhope.