THREE Goals in the last 10 minutes prolonged HT Sports’ title dreams – but boss Lee Connor knows the Jubilee Premier crown is Chapeltown Fforde Grene’s to lose.
Defeat for HT at fierce rivals Halton Moor on Sunday would have handed champions Fforde a repeat title and the Chapeltown corks were popping as the hosts led 6-3 with 10 minutes to go. Yet Sports salvaged a draw to keep them top on goal difference ahead of next Tuesday’s final game of the season which sees Fforde visit Belle Isle WMC. A point would give Chapeltown the title with HT needing a favour from the side they tackle in tomorrow’s West Riding FA County Sunday Cup final.
HT manager Lee Connor said of Sunday’s 6-6 stalemate and its implications: “It was a bizarre game but the title is Chappy’s to lose now. It’s in their hands.”
Sam Hewitt and Barrie Frankland both bagged doubles for HT whose Joe Jagger and Adam Fowler added a goal each. Steven Copley and Paulie Graham notched doubles for Moor whose Roy Stammer and Mickey Nelson added a goal each.
Moor boss Danny Walsh said: “Both teams had no recognised keepers so every shot goes in. What a game.”
Moor will look to finish their season in style in Sunday’s Sanford Cup final against Chapeltown at Throstle Nest which is a repeat of last Tuesday’s Leeds & District FA Sunday Senior Cup final which Fforde won 2-0.
Treble-chasing Fforde were awarded a home walkover from Sunday’s penultimate league game at home to Seacroft AFC.
Elsewhere, Barwick packed a punch in sealing the Premier Division title with Sunday’s 6-1 win at Daisy, watched by Leeds’ multiple boxing champion Josh Warrington. Warrington sponsors the side through his connection with many of the club’s players through his days at John Smeaton High School.
Barwick dealt Daisy a knock-out blow thanks to an amazing double hat-trick from Danny Maw which meant Horsforth Fairweather had to settle for second. AFC Bramley sealed the Division Two crown with a final day 2-1 win at home to title rivals South Leeds Independent who had to settle for second. Goals from Mikey O’Hanlon and Aidey Phillips sealed victory in a tie which was winner takes all.
Oulton Athletic were also 2-1 winners at home to Leodis United after goals from Dan Rose and Paul Vaughan.
Seacroft maintained their hopes of promotion from Division One as Lee Collier’s double plus strikes from Peter Benn and Paul Crossley sealed a 4-2 win at Farsley Twenty Tens.
A Craig Naylor penalty and Matthew Chapman strike gave Farsley their goals. Elsewhere, champions Whitkirk Wanderers were awarded an away walkover over bottom side Waterintobeer.