Leeds Combination League: Libs take title after seven-goal thriller

Pudsey Libs (100366b). PIC: Steve Riding
Pudsey Libs (100366b). PIC: Steve Riding
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In the Premier, Pudsey Liberal Club were crowned champions after they overcame a spirited AFC Horsforth to win 4-3.

Horsforth goals from William Lawrence, Mudge Ashruff and Shaun Denigan ensured that Pudsey had to work for their title but they scored through a Greg Sargeant brace along with and own goal and Liam Mallinson strike.

Pudsey Juniors Old Boys moved up to third at the expense of Main Line Social, who they beat 3-2.

Main Line looked certain to win, with Louis Cherkaiou scoring what seemed to be a consolation for Pudsey Juniors, but Mark Foley and Chris Mason struck in the 92nd and 93rd minute to seal a remarkable comeback.

In Division One, Manston Wanderers pulled of a massive shock when they blitzed Kippax Welfare 7-0.

Tony Cuthbertson bagged a brace while Andrew Mannion and Paul James scored, but it is David Pugh who will take the plaudits after he came on at half time to score an incredible second half hat-trick.

The result pushes Manston out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone, which is now far superior to anybody around them thanks to the goal-fest they had.

Elsewhere, Oulton Athletic’s season long nightmare continued when they were brushed aside by 0-3 Old Ball 3-0.

A Nathan Fry double and Jamie Donkin single were enough as out of sorts Oulton once again failed to pose any serious threat.

Old Ball are only two points from safety as it stands, but a win in their next game guarantees they will avoid the drop.

Engine were to strong for Daisy, running out 6-2 winners.

Braces from Ash Gales and Leon Daniel set them on their way, whilst Aaron Myers and Mark Temple-Baker completed the scoring for Engine. Daisy scored through an own goal and Tom Woolams.

Engine move up to sixth while Daisy remain in fourth place.

HT Sports, meanwhile, remain on course for a terrific cup treble after booking their tenth Sanford Cup final in succession.

Sunday’s 3-0 defeat of Queenswood Crusaders booked a date with Jubilee Premier League rivals Seacroft WMC Athletic with Barry Frankland, Lee Connor and Adam Fowler all on the Sports scoresheet.

The success followed last Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat of fierce rivals Chapeltown Fforde Grene in the semi-finals of the Leeds and District Cup.

Goals from player manager Lewe Connor, Steve Palfrey and Jason Davis booked an Elland Road final against Stanningley.

HT will now look to book their place in a third final this Friday when they tackle the Wakefield Sunday league’s King George in he County Sunday Cup semi-final at Fleet Lane.

Away from the HT Sports show, Chapeltown Fforde Grene got back to winnings ways in the Jubilee Premier, easing to a 4-0 victory at Belle Isle WMC to stay top of the league.

Danny More, Dan Sheriff, Dom Blair and Joel Hughes all chipped in with a goal each as the title contenders strolled to victory, moving Belle Isle down to fourth in the process.

Second-placed Seacroft WMC Athletic beat Rothwell Town 5-0.

Ryan Robinson inspired Seacroft with a superb hat-trick while Jason Kitchen and Leon Walker also pitched in with goals.

Leeds City Rovers got themselves out of the relegation zone with a 4-1 over fellow strugglers AFC Hannover Arms.

Andrew Richards bagged a brace while goals from Johnny Glynn and a Rob Holliday penalty secured a crucial three points for Rovers, giving them three points more than their counterparts, who are now rock-bottom.

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