HALTON Moor’s Danny Walsh is lamenting his “worst two weeks as a manager” – and can see more dark clouds on the horizon.
Moor tackle HT Sports in the Leeds And District FA Sunday Senior Cup semi-final tonight, three days after being downed 4-3 at a seemingly improving Belle Isle WMC in the Jubilee Premier.
That result came one week after Halton’s 3-3 draw with HT Sports in which Walsh’s men led 2-0 at the break.
Sunday’s defeat leaves third-placed Moor four points adrift of top two HT and Chapeltown Fforde Grene and Walsh fumed: “The title’s long gone.
“On Sunday we hit the post/crossbar three times and missed a pen – one week after scoring an own goal in the last minute against HT.
“It’s my worst two weeks as a manager and it’s it not over yet as I’m not looking forward to playing HT tonight.”
Thomas Carter, Joe O’Neill, Kris Robertshaw and Jordan Stafford all notched for Belle Isle on Sunday, 14 days on from their 2-1 beating of HT Sports.
Goals from Stephen Copley, Jason Kitchen and Glen Wood failed to save Moor.
Champions Chapeltown Fforde Grene bounced back from the disappointment of the previous weekend’s FA Sunday Cup exit with a 1-0 success at home to Leeds City Rovers.
Dan Sherrife bagged the only goal of the game and Fforde still trail HT Sports on goal difference after HT obliged 1-0 at Seacroft AFC.
Ryan Bailey was the match-winner for HT Sports, who have played one game more than Chappy.
In the Premier, leaders Horsforth Fairweather rolled on with a 2-1 win at home to bottom side table Original Oak.
Dave Scott and Liam McHale grabbed the goals for the hosts who now stretch their lead at the top to five points.
Jon Hart got Oak’s consolation.
In Division One, Whitkirk Wanderers thrashed eighth placed Farsley Twenty Tens 10-1 to go five points clear.
Ashley Hoddell and Kingsley Wetherhald both bagged hat-tricks and Glen Hewitt netted twice, alongside strikes from Oliver Mallinson and Hayden O-Malley.
Second-placed New Parnaby secured all three points against New Pudsey with a 3-1 win away from home. A brace from Chris Storey and Jamie Davies strike gave Parnaby the win which gives them a four point gap over chasing Engine.
Levi Forber struck the consolation goal for New Pudsey who remain in sixth.
Seacroft made it three wins on the bounce with a 4-0 victory over Swillington Welfare.
Stuart Crossley and Barry Edwards were on target twice to give the visitors all three points.