Kellingley triumph in county final

Kellingley Welfare celebrate after being presented with the County Trophy at Fleet Lane.
Kellingley Welfare celebrate after being presented with the County Trophy at Fleet Lane.
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Kellingley Welfare FC ran out worthy winners of the West Riding County FA Trophy when they beat Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves 2-1 in a tight game at Fleet Lane.

Both teams gave little away in defence with some crunching tackles flying in. Adie Wilkinson and Jimmy Williams both looked comfortable at the back for Kells with Andy Mills and Craig Fradgley keeping the Saints wide men in check. Matthew Haigh and Lee Waites did some tireless running in midfield with little reward for their efforts.

But on the stroke of half-time Welfare went ahead when James Hicks was upended 25 yards out and from the resulting free-kick Del Pollock saw his drive across goal end up in the back of the net.

Beeston were fired up for the second half and equalised on 75 minutes as a thumping header from a corner hit a Kells defender on the head and flew into the net.

But it was Welfare who came up with a goal worthy of winning any final four minutes from time as Pollock played a neat one-two with Kevin Duckworth then came up with a stunning strike from 25 yards which flew into the bottom corner of the net.