Leeds City 3 Ilkley Town 0

TOWN visited Adel hoping to close the gap on the West Yorkshire League Premier Division leaders but it was the home side who took the points.

Ilkley were excellent from the start, playing with quality and a high tempo.

Leeds dropped off and were content to be organised, difficult to break down and then use ability of the front three to gain an advantage.

This is how the first half played out for 25 minutes. Town were superior as they created a handful of opportunities, the best being a deflected Tom Smith effort which rebounded off the bar.

In fact up until the penalty area Town were excellent in the opening exchanges, then a poor decision or failure to hit the target cost them a deserved lead.

City made them pay when their right winger gained possession in the Town half drove inside before unleashing a thunderbolt from 40 yards which cannoned into the net off the post, 1-0.

Town continued to play but the tempo dropped and allowed City more into the game.

Both Adam Davey and Darren Munday made first contact from Joe Garside corners and again failed to hit the target.

Just as it looked like Town would gather some momentum and possibly equalise City doubled their advantage.

After a Town attack, City broke with the ball finding its way to the right where their winger delivered a low cross causing a scramble in the penalty area before being despatched into the net.

The message at half-time was a simple one, keep playing the same way and create opportunities.

Town did just that and continued to work throughout with both Davey and Tom Fleming had efforts cleared off the line before City delivered the winning strike.

Darren Munday was in control of the situation, but under pressure from the City midfielder put his arms on the midfielder's shoulder, who subsequently fell to the floor and a penalty was awarded.

The spot kick was powerfully placed into the bottom corner.

Town kept playing and probing, showing a real desire to try and find a way back into the game.

Unfortunately it wasn't to be and this was perfectly demonstrated when Town hit the bar twice in quick succession when they looked certain to score.

Leeds City worked incredibly hard, were resilient and made the most of their chances as they saw the game out to take the points.