West Yorkshire League Premier Division: Carlton Athletic 4 Ilkley Town 1

ILKLEY were unable to keep their unbeaten run going, falling to a disappointing defeat against defending league champions Carlton.

The visitors had their backs against the wall early on, with Carlton inflicting the damage in the opening 20 minutes.

Only seven minutes in, the hosts took the lead when a cross picked out their forward unmarked in the box. Keeper James Hirst had no chance as the striker powered his header into the centre of the net.

Nine minutes later Carlton had their second. Ilkley centre back Darren Munday was caught in possession on the halfway line before the home side's number six found the gap left by Munday and slotted the ball under Hirst.

It soon became three after a shot went in off the post and everything looked bleak for Town.

After the break Ilkley began to show more fight with Adam Davey coming close to nicking a goal back after his shot forced a good stretching save.

As Carlton began to sit back and protect their lead, Ilkley grabbed a goal back as Dec Bradley's shot took a slight deflection to beat the keeper.

Any slight hopes of a comeback were shattered, however, as a rapid Carlton counter-attack overwhelmed the Ilkley defence, leaving their number 12 with a simple chip to beat a scrambling Hirst.

Peter Trimnell, Ilkley's general matchday manager, believed the result was a fair reflection of Town's performance.

He said: "It was a very poor opening 16 minutes for us and that's ultimately what cost us.

"We improved after that but in the end we were soundly beaten."

Next up for Town is a visit from Headingley, who have endured a mixed start to the season. Town will hope to get back to winning ways on home soil and continue their strong start.

West Yorkshire League Alliance Division Two: Kirk Deighton Reserves 2 Ilkley Town Reserves 4

After securing a winning position just after half-time, Ilkley threatened to lose their hold on this game before a smart Chris Morris finish secured the points with a late goal.

Ilkley started well against table-topping Kirk Deighton, playing out from the back and generally controlling the game. With Josh Stephens and Oli Mee offering threats out wide, several opportunities were created for Adam Fowler.

Tom Rennolds scored the goal that Ilkley’s play deserved just after the half-hour.

This was followed up after the break by smart finishes from Fowler and Alex Osborne as Ilkley led 3-0 after 60 minutes. However their control of the midfield was lost as Kirk Deighton pressed them back, scoring two goals to create a tense finish.