City slickers too good for Otley

First published in Sport

Otley Town 0 Leeds City 2

Otley Town fell to their second consecutive West Yorkshire League Premier Division defeat with a disappointing performance.

The visitors were the better side throughout, and deserved the victory which keeps them well in the hunt for title honours.

On a rain sodden pitch, the game started scrappily with both sides struggling to find any kind of fluency.

Gradually though, the away side found their passing rhythm and began to look threatening, so it was no real surprise when they took the lead.

A long-diagonal ball caught the home defence square, and the City striker made no mistake in bringing the ball down and steering it beyond Harry Higgins in the Town goal.

Perhaps if Town could have made it to half-time without conceding again, the second half might have been more interesting for the neutral.

As it was, once Leeds City had scored again from a disputed corner, just before the interval, it was difficult to see a way back for the home side.

So it proved as the second period was played out with the away goalkeeper having one save to make from a Marcus Tan effort.

For their part, the visitors could have scored again, but were let down by some lackadaisical finishing and one fine stop from substitute James Davies.

So another disappointing after-noon for Otley, who were once again shorn of key players, although in fairness this was always going to be a real test.

This Saturday, Town will hope to fare better when they entertain East End Park at the Old Showground (2:30pm).

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