Leeds Combination League: Crusaders close in on Kippax with crucial win

Colton's Mikey O'Brian slides in to score the fourth goal against visitors Swillington Welfare. PIC: Simon Hulme
Colton's Mikey O'Brian slides in to score the fourth goal against visitors Swillington Welfare. PIC: Simon Hulme
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Re-energised KIRKSTALL CRUSADERS breathed new life into their Premier Division title bid with a potentially crucial 3-2 success at leaders Kippax.

A brace from James Hochstrasser and an Ash Hubbard strike allowed Kirkstall to close the gap at the top to two points with two games left. Kippax replied through Josh Morley and Tom Micklethwaite-Charles.

Ashley Bell scores Coltons fifth goal at home to Swillington Welfare. PIC: Simon Hulme

Ashley Bell scores Coltons fifth goal at home to Swillington Welfare. PIC: Simon Hulme

Fourth-placed Colton gained a 7-0 home victory over fifth-placed Swillington Welfare. Ashley Bell hit four for the hosts, alongside a Mikey O’Brian hat-trick.

Third-placed East Leeds Celtic edged a close encounter 3-2 at home to sixth-placed Hunslet Parnaby. Steve Johnson, Joe Phillips and Luke Rudd all struck for the home side to secure the points, despite replies from Hunslet through Kevin Benson and an OG.

In the Jubilee Play-Offs, HT Sports thrashed JB Celtic 8-2 thanks to strikes from Graham Sides (3), Jason Davis (2), Steve Palfrey (2) and Chris Fisher, and Main Line Social overcame Horsforth Fairweather. Adam Fowler (2), John Darke and Tony Garth found the net for the hosts. Fairweather replied through Olly Roper and James Thorp. In Division Two, an Adam Cole hat-trick helped provide ninth-place Pudsey Athletic with a 4-1 home victory over sixth-placed Halfway. Nick Dent completed the scoring for the hosts as Paul Jackson’s strike for Halfway proved consolation.

Elsewhere, second-place West Leeds Armley obliged 2-1 at home against league leaders South Seacroft. Jordan Tate and Shane Collins found the net for the hosts to cancel out Danny Thorp’s effort for Seacroft. A Daniel Pinnington strike ensured a point for West Yorkshire Falcons in their 1-1 home draw with eighth-placed Acorn.

Swillington's James Donbavand clears at Colton. PIC: Simon Hulme

Swillington's James Donbavand clears at Colton. PIC: Simon Hulme

In Division 3A, leaders Halfway House Bramley won 2-0 triumph at East End Park WMC thanks to a Kurtis Heyes strike and an own goal.

Elsewhere, strikes from Paul Barrett and Daniel Flesher were not enough to prevent eighth-place AFC Travellers succumbing to a 4-2 defeat away at second-placed Old Hall Town.

Andy Serotsky (2), Jordan Smith and Matty Chapman were all on target for the hosts. Bottom club Original Oak obliged 3-2 at home to second-bottom Amaranth Athletic, through a Raiheim Spencer brace and Kallum Duncan strike.

In Division 3B, Bramley Town Reserves triumphed 10-1 against FC Retailers. Marc Wilson (5), Lee Jowett, Aaron Batley (3) and Andrew Bellhouse all found the net for the hosts.

Western Juniors obliged 11-0 away at second bottom Millshaw Park Rangers Reserves. Mick Brown and Danny Keenaghan both hit hat-tricks for the visitors, with Kieran Emmett, Dillon Jubb, Mat Kosma, Paddy Sheehan and Eddie Lee also netting. Woodcock obliged 4-3 away at FC Armley.

Ben Howarth hit a hat-trick for the visitors, and Craig Mullaney secured the points despite replies from the hosts from Michael Dixon, and two spot kicks from Matt Pierre.

Bramley Town will meet FC Horsforth Saints in the LUTY Cup Final. Bramley progressed with a 4-2 home win over Millshaw Park Rangers. Scott Carter scored a brace for the visitors but the hosts notched through Shane Hanson, Karras Spaven, Aiden Phillips and Scott Barlow. Strikes from Rick Hall and a Josh Walker penalty proved decisive for FC Horsforth Saints as they triumphed 2-1 away at Sporting Pudsey.

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