Oxenhope 0-4 Leeds City
Oxenhope’s valiant attempt to lift the West Yorkshire League title was extinguished in their final game of an exciting season. Going into the game they had to hope league leaders Bardsey dropped points at mid-table Wetherby, while Oxenhope needed at least a draw against third placed Leeds. In a tense opening to the game the hosts had several good chances to take the advantage. First a goal bound free kick from Ollie Metcalfe was touched on to the bar by the Leeds’ keeper, the visitor’s goal was then put under pressure from two resulting corners that were cleared off the line. The visitors then broke down field and scored from a shot that smashed the underside of the bar and bounced over the line. Leeds now took the initiative and keeper Grahame Ellis kept the home side in the contest with a superb double save to keep the deficit down to a single goal at the break.
In the second half the Worth Valley side pressed for the equaliser but came up against a resolute and well organised Leeds defence and forwards that hit quickly on the break. As Oxenhope chased the game, with tiring legs from 6 games in 14 days exposed, and the visitors took advantage to bag their second on 70 minutes; a cross to the far post was headed in. Leeds extended their advantage on 80 minutes a shot going in off the post and added a penalty at the death. The result sees Leeds leap-frog Oxenhope into the runners up position.
A superb campaign that has seen Oxenhope, in their Centenary year, rising from tenth position last year to third slot and challenging for the title, plus being the league’s leading goal scorers in a truly memorable season. Credentials that manager Paul Brearey will hope to build on next time round.