Leeds Combination League: Bramley are coooking up a storm in the top four

Swatej Vankudre scores for FC Armley against visitors Amaranth in the Mawson Cup. PIC: Steve Riding
Swatej Vankudre scores for FC Armley against visitors Amaranth in the Mawson Cup. PIC: Steve Riding
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BRAMLEY TOWN roared into third place in Division One by running riot in an 8-3 thriller at home to East Leeds, who dropped below Bramley into fourth.

Easts went into the game knowing that winning their two games in hand could move them to within two points of league leaders South Seacroft but only Phil Jarvis’ individual hat-trick display saved them from humiliation.

Haydn Bowler shoots for FC Armley against visitors Amaranth in the Mawson Cup. PIC: Steve Riding

Haydn Bowler shoots for FC Armley against visitors Amaranth in the Mawson Cup. PIC: Steve Riding

Bramley’s Brian Edwards also bagged a treble, while Kristopher Robson netted twice and Rhys Nelson, Danny Christopher and Mitch Dixon also added goals to the thumping victory.

Halfway House Bramley took advantage of East Leeds’ slip-up and moved into second with a 4-1 win over Horsforth Saints.

Bailey Wright scored a double to move them into title contention.

Unbeaten South Seacroft still lead the way but the gap can be cut to three points if Halfway House Bramley win their game in hand.

Jack Barker scores for FC Armley against visitors Amaranth in the Mawson Cup. PIC: Steve Riding

Jack Barker scores for FC Armley against visitors Amaranth in the Mawson Cup. PIC: Steve Riding

Elsewhere in the league, Oulton Athletic earned their second point of the season with a 2-2 away draw against The Woodcock.

In Division Two, Moortown Albion’s lead was eroded in a clash with FC Beachwood Sundays, in which the latter ran out 3-0 victors.

Goals from Joe Phillips (2) and Barry Edwards that proved vital in the top-of-the-table clash. Both teams are now level on points but Hunslet Club are two points behind with two games in hand on both of the teams above them.

Luke Camp’s brace for East Leeds Reserves helped to narrow the gap between the top five teams to just two points as they beat Old Hall Town, 4-1. Kevin Jarret and Ben Maude were also amongst the goals for East Leeds Reserves, helping them to move into fifth.

Old Hall Town remain in eighth. Crown & Anchor ensured that they kept pace with the rest of their title contenders, scraping a 3-2 win over Acorn.

New Moorside’s unbeaten record ended in their sixth game in Division 3A when visiting Northern Star claimed a 3-1 victory to deny New Moorside to move within two points of AFC Travellers. Dan Adjibona’s goal for New Moorside was made redundant by efforts from Keiran Dunn, Stuart Brown and Andy Querishi. Headingley Rovers stamped their authority on bottom-of-the-league Pudsey Athletic with a 6-0 win. Jordan Parkinson and Jamie Calder both found the net on two occasions each, while Chris Pugh and Mark Elgar added insult to injury in terms of Pudsey Athletic’s dignity. Second-placed Churwell Blues ease past FC West Leeds 3-0 thanks to goals from Stanford Bube, Ashley Wainwright and Kieran Williams. The result leaves them three points behind top-of-the-table AFC Travellers, who have played a game less than the majority of their closest competitors.

Matthew Lofthouse’s hat-trick saw league leaders Athletico Bramley extend their lead in Division 3B to six points with a 3-1 win over FC Crossgates. Rob Brawn’s goal proved to nothing but a consolation for FC Crossgates. Bramley Lions, who beat FC Elford at the weekend, could reduce that gap to two points if they win their two games in hand.

Sporting Pudsey II also fought to a 3-2 away win over FC West Leeds Reserves.

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James Burgess stole the Sanford Cup show with six of the best for Kirkstall Crusaders against Main Line Social, writes JACK BRAIN.

Burgess struck a double hat-trick as Kirkstall Crusaders were the 9-4 victors in the second round.

Jay Davis also impressed as he bagged a treble for HT Sports in their 5-0 win over East Leeds Celtic. Whitkirk Wanderers were unfortunate to be knocked out after Ryan Robinson’s brace, coupled with a Luke Coates goal, was overturned by New Pudsey, who won 4-3. Leeds City Rovers beat Colton 3-1 courtesy of goals from Rinor Ejupi, Daniel Berry and Scott Carter.

In the second round of the LUTY Cup, Mark Ferguson’s hat-trick proved to be the difference for New Armley Blues as they came out on top in a thrilling 12-goal encounter with FC Sporting Pudsey, which ended 7-5 to Ferguson’s side.

Jordan Tate also managed to score a brace, while Nathan Chadwick and Dion Robinson also contributed to Blues’ goal tally.

Hunslet Club took Harehills WMC all the way before being eliminated on penalties. Phil Allanson and Tyrone Gentles had Harehills in the driving seat but Hunslet fought back through Matthew Bowes and an own goal to decide the match from 12 yards. Harehills won the shoot-out 4-3.

Corpus Christi ran away with the game against Commercial HQ, winning 4-1. James Borill grabbed a double and teammates Macca Graham and Matty Robinson also found the back of the net, sending FC Corpus Christi through despite Chris Jones’ effort for Commercial HQ. East End Park completed a routine 3-0 victory against West Yorkshire Falcons and South Seacroft were awarded an away walkover against Wortley Knights.

Almost half of Bardsey’s team were on the scoresheet when they faced Republica Internationale in the Mawson Cup, winning the match 5-3.

Temple beat Original Oak 4-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw i and Old Crooked Clock also required spot kicks to beat Leeds Amateurs, 4-4 (2-4 on penalties).

Armley, meanwhile, made it a day to forget for Amaranth Athletic, beating them 7-1.

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