Leeds Combination League: Hanover’s place in top flight threatened

Match action from Hanover v Halton Moor.

Match action from Hanover v Halton Moor.

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Only one fixture went ahead in the Jubilee Premier league last weekend.

AFC Hanover Arms went down to a 2-1 home defeat to Halton Moor.

Shane Gaunt scored for the hosts but it was not enough to stop Halton who scored through Adam Ryder and Tom Claisse.

The result means Hanover remain in the relegation zone, still three points from safety, although they have three games in hand on Rothwell Town who are one place above them.

Halton Moor have moved up one place to third, and are five points from second placed Chapeltown Fforde Grene.

In the Premier Division the pick of the games was between the top two sides, when leaders Pudsey Liberal Club hosted Yeadon Veterans.

An Andy Carlton goal for the visitors was in vein as Pudsey strolled to an impressive 3-1 win.

Paul McMullen, Liam Mallinson and Declan Forber were all on the scoresheet for the Premier leaders, who have now extended their lead at the top to an impressive nine points.

It would seem an unassailable lead but the three teams below them all have three games in hand, which could potentially put them all within touching distance of the Pudsey side.

Queenswood Crusaders took advantage of the slip from Yeadon Veterans and moved up to second after they thrashed Pudsey Juniors 5-0.

James Hochstrasser inspired the title-challengers with an impressive four-goal haul, while Zack Lewis completed the scoring.

Main Line Social put in a solid performance to win at Beeston St Anthony’s 5-3.

Graham Stockdale bagged a brace for the hosts while Aaron Connor also scored, but goals from Will Harrison, Chris Snowden, Brad Francis-White and a Ryan Sharrocks double secured the points for the visitors.

The result increases the gap between the top four and the rest of the league, while Beeston remain one place above the relegation zone in eighth.

James Kempy and Steve Wells strikes were not enough for JB Celtic as they were stunned by strugglers Great Northern Pudsey.

The visitors won 3-2 to move off the bottom of the table, while JB Celtic stay in fifth-place with surely too much daylight between them and the top four for them to try and challenge them this season.

AFC Horsforth were held at home to a 2-2 draw by New Pudsey.

Daniel Petty and Harry Leigh scored for Horsforth while Levi Forber and Neil Campbell made sure the points were shared.

New Pudsey are now at the foot of the table after the weekends results.

In Division One the weekends matches saw Kippax Welfare Sunday slip up in the title race as they lost 2-1 at Engine.

Tom Micklethwaite struck for Kippax but Jonathan Dockerty scored a brace to lead Engine to an unlikely victory.

Before the match Engine were only one point above the relegation zone, but the nature of the bottom half of the table means they are now in sixth. Horsforth Fairweather, meanwhile, took advantage of Kippax’s disappointing result to extend their lead at the top with a 2-0 win over Old Ball.

Dave Scott and Rob Wilson sealed the win for Horsforth to give them a three-point cushion and a game in hand over rivals Kippax.

Waggon Athletic were held at home by New Parnaby to a 2-2 draw.

Danny Walker scored two for Waggon but goals from Kyle Swithenbank and Robin Williams ensured a point for the visitors.

Waggon will be disappointed as they could challenge top spot this season.

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