Leeds Combination League: Hat-tricks being seen more often than buses

Sporting Pudsey hot shot Adam Shaw, left. PIC: Steve Riding
Sporting Pudsey hot shot Adam Shaw, left. PIC: Steve Riding
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Chapeltown Fforde Grene moved level on points with league leaders Hope Inn Whites with a 4-2 home win over Kirkstall Crusaders in the Jubilee Premier.

Roy Fogerty stole the headlines with a hat-trick, while Devonte Morton added to Chapeltown’s tally, making goals from Dan Redfearn and Drew McMillan for Kirkstall redundant.

Main Line Social's hat-trick hot shot Adam Fowler.

Main Line Social's hat-trick hot shot Adam Fowler.

Chapeltown have, however, played two more games than Hope Inn and one more than third-place Whitkirk Wanderers who are three points behind.

Hat-tricks have come more regularly than buses at a stop in the Leeds Combination League this season and Main Line Social’s Adam Fowler jumped on the trend with a treble against Leeds City Rovers to earn them just their second point of this campaign.

Social would have recorded their first win if it were not for a Carter double act for Leeds City Rovers – Scott bagged a brace and his namesake Tom was also on the scoresheet.

Jordan Walker bucked the trend of hat-tricks and went one further with a four-goal rout in AFC Leodis’ 5-0 thrashing of East Leeds Celtic in Premier. Martin Dixon also added to East Leeds Celtic’s misery, rounding off a five-star performance for AFC Leodis.

Kirkstall Crusaders hot shot Drew McMillan. PIC: Tony Johnson

Kirkstall Crusaders hot shot Drew McMillan. PIC: Tony Johnson

Horsforth Fairweather replicated that 5-0 scoreline against Chapel Allerton, courtesy of goals from Rob Wilson and James Thorp. Wilson hit an impressive hat-trick and Thorp had a double to his name.

Winless Chapel Allerton remain at the foot of the table, while Horsforth Fairweather moved into fifth.

A top-of-the-table clash between New Pudsey and Colton resulted in the former securing a 2-1 victory to leapfrog their title rivals and move two points clear at the summit. Joe Thorp and Lee Knowles were the scorers for New Pudsey, while Ash Bell found the back of the net for Colton.

East End Park earned a shock point against league leaders South Seacroft in Division One as Nathaniel Welsh’s goal put an to their run of five successive league wins.

South Seacroft’s slip-up left the door open for East Leeds FC to close the gap and Phil Jarvis ensured that they grabbed that opportunity with both hands, scoring a hat-trick in their 5-3 win over The Woodcock.

Jordan O’Brian and Jordan Stocks added to Jarvis’ feat while The Woodcock responded with goals from Joe Cantrell, Martin Roebuck and Dylan Place.

Halfway House Bramley could also have applied pressure to the league leaders but were held at Sporting Pudsey, 2-2.

Adam Shaw and Kevin Saynor were the scorers for Sporting Pudsey and Brad Longhorn’s continuation of his run of form coupled with a goal from James Penman shared the points.

Bramley Town’s blushes were spared as they scraped a 3-2 win against struggling Horsforth Saints, who are yet to win this season.

It was goals from Danny Azzarro and Josh Walker that almost caused a shock but Bramley edged through a tough encounter. Elsewhere, New Armley Blues moved into the top half of the table with a 4-2 victory over Commercial HQ.

Jordon Tate found the net twice and efforts from Mark Ferguson and Elliott McCauley completed a second-half comeback for New Armley Blues.

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Hunslet Club moved to the top of Division Two with a comprehensive 4-0 victory away at FC Corpus Christi, writes JACK BRAIN.

Hunslet’s Richard Wheelhouse put in a man-of-the-match display, scoring all four of Hunslet’s goals.

Crown & Anchor, having played one game more, remain level on points with Hunslet, thanks to a 4-1 win over West Yorkshire Falcons.

Joshua Townsend bagged a brace and Scott Goddall and Adam Pulford were also amongst the goals as West Yorkshire Falcons could muster only a solitary response through Jose Flores.

FC Beechwood kept up with the pace of other title challengers, beating Old Hall Town, 3-1.

The division remains finely poised after the first few fixtures, with first and fifth separated by just two points.

Churwell Blues’ unbeaten start to the Division 3A season came to an end as a visit from title rivals AFC Travellers saw the latter run out as 3-2 winners.

Jack Hill, Danny Hurley and Gordon Booth all found the back of the net for the visitors, who are now level on points with Churwell Blues.

Republica Internationale earned their first win of the campaign as they were on the right end of a 4-3 scoreline against Original Oak.

Elsewhere, Armley beat Headingley Rovers 2-1 but Pudsey Athletic’s game against Northern Star was postponed.

Goals from Hassan Pervaiz and Hammad Ali proved to be nothing but a consolation for Elford, who leaked seven goals at the hands of Athletico Bramley’s attack.

Bramley Lions put on a five-star display for their fans as they beat Armley Reserves, 5-0, and West Leeds Reserves beat FC Crossgates 3-1.

Tom Jones’ brace for Sporting Pudsey Reserves was too good to be true as Bramley Amateurs’ Barry Edwards repeated the feat and Kean Varley scored a winner.

Amaranth Athletic shared the points with Temple after playing out a 1-1 draw.

Josh Simpson’s brace for Acorn, meanwhile, helped them progress to the second round of the LUTY Cup with a 2-1 win over Oulton Athletic.

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