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2002 Old Centralians III Vs Yorkshire Bank III

This weekend saw the Yorkshire Bank III side return to play the side that knocked them out of the Hodgson Cup. The Bank side saw this game as payback time and their work rate was second to none throughout the game.

The game started with the Yorkshire Bank selecting a full strength squad with three substitutes named for the first time this season.

The game began and the Yorkshire Bank totally dominated al of the first half. There were good oppertunities for several players to score but unfortunately not taken. The best effort of the first half was when Wes Hopkins struck the ball viciously from 25 yards out, the shot pinged off the crossbar and went over.

In the fist half the Bank side were just too much for Centralians to handle and Pete O'Keefe only had one shot to save.


In the second half it looked like the Centralian side were coming back into the game but the Bank defence stood strong and kept Centralians at bay.

About half way through the second half the breakthrough cam, and in the favour of the bank. The defender Eddie O'Donavan turned provider and his cross from 25 yards was headed well by top scorer Rich Waite into the bottom left hand corner.

The centralians heads began to drop and the Bank were looking good for another, and it came with 8 minutes to go. A Mark Pickles free kick was helped on by John Ainley into the bottom left hand corner for his 4th goal of the season.

The Bank managed to seal the game off with a third and final goal before full time. An excellent run by Wes Hopkins took him past two defenders to the byline and when he crossed he left Jim Trainor a simple tap in from 3 yards. Jim Trainors 2nd goal in two games up front.

Overall an excellent win for the Bank and a win that will keep them in the top three and pushing for the title.

MOM- Wes Hopkins for constant hard battling in midfield.

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St Bedes Vs Yorkshire Bank III

The Yorkshire Bank III side this week took on the league leaders St.Bedes away at Peel Park in Bradford. The Bank side team had a very depleated squad and the following players were missing for various reasons:

Pete Holmes,
Pete O'Keefe
Rich Waite
Jim Trainor and
Leon Chilton

However the Bank did have some good pre-match news, last seasons Old Boys League top scorer Steve Broodie who scored 57 goals last season made a come back for his third apperance of the season.

Due to the absence of Pete O'Keefe, midfielder Gareth Huxall had to play between the sticks.

The game began with the Yorkshire Bank side looking good and creating a few good chances. A breakthrough came when a header from midfield by Mark Pickles set Steve Broodie through on goal to score a superb left footed finish into the top left hand corner.


Minutes later St.Bedes hit back, a tricky run from the Bedes left midfielder proved too much for Eddie O'Donavan who conceeded a penalty. 1-1.

Next came the talking point of the first half, Wes Hopkins was hit in the head with a high foot and was taken to hospital straight away with blood coming from his head and as the Bank only had eleven men it meant they were to play the remainder of the game with 10 men.

The lead was restored for the Bank III side about 10 minutes later, again Mark Pickles involved. A backpass from the Bedes defender was charged down and when Pickles tackled the keeper he was left with the easy task of putting the ball into the empty net for his 10th of the season.


In the second half everything seemed to go wrong for the Bank side. A goalkeeping error and mistakes in defence saw the bank concede two goals and two more goals were scored before full time for St.Bedes.


MOM- Mark Pickles for constant battling in midfield.

Yorkshire Bank III Vs Commonside

This weeks game was played at Moortown and the Yorkshire Bank were again looking to close in on the title leaders, the Leeds Medics as they were not playing.

The game began quite evenly and remained 0-0 for about fifteen minutes. The breakthrough came when Gareth Huxall made a run from midfield onto a John Ainley through ball and finished neatly passed the advancing goalkeeper.


The game only seemed to be going five minutes before the Bank side grabbed a second, this time another CITV kid, Mark Pickles ran through again from midfield and slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner.


Before half time the Bank conceeded due to a throughball which appeared to be offside but nether the less was given.



The second half began well for the Bank as Rich Waites scuffed shot was strangely missed by the Commonside keeper and rolled into the net.


Then Commonside hit back with about 10 minutes to go, a good through ball was finished in superb style by the Commonside forward and gave keeper Pete O'Keefe no chance.

The Bank were holding onto the game by the skin of their teeth. Then Commonside won a corner deep into injury time. When Pete Holmes headed the ball away to the edge of the box the Commonside midfielder sliced his shot by unfortunately lobbed the keeper for a dramatic equaliser.



MOM-Pete O'Keefe for several excellent saves!

Hodgson Cup Winners - Yorkshire Bank IV