HT SPORTS have opened up clear daylight at the top of the Jubilee Premier, and boss Lee Connor feels the title race could go to the wire.
Sports annihilated visiting Queenswood Crusaders 10-0 last Wednesday and then sat Sunday out as champions Chapeltown Fforde Grene shared a 3-3 draw with visiting title rivals Halton Moor.
Ahead of HT’s hosting of Seacroft AFC last night, HT led Fforde by two points but having played a game more, with another four points back to third-placed Seacroft AFC and fourth-placed Halton Moor – who have also played a game more. Connor said: “We still need Fforde to drop points and we still have to play Halton Moor away. It could go to the last game.”
HT’s Steve Palfrey, Joe Jagger and Adam Fowler all bagged braces in Wednesday night’s whitewash with Graham Sides, Sam Hewitt, Ben Thornton and Sam Ackroyd all adding a goal each.
Four days later, Halton Moor fought back from being 1-0 and 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at Fforde with goals from Mark Wittim, Paulie Graham and Tom Classie. Player-boss Danny Walsh played 90 minutes in the middle of the park and said: “It was a good game to watch! It could have gone either way.”
Seacroft AFC also maintained their outside title chances with a 5-1 win at home to Belle Isle WMC who are 12 points off the top four in fifth. A Ryan Robinson double was supported by strikes from Liam Robinson, Les Nelsinho and Scott Jones for Seacroft with James Finlayson consoling Belle Isle.
Halton Moor visit Seacroft AFC in the league this Sunday with Fforde at Queenswood Crusaders.
In the Premier, Beeston St Anthony’s climbed to third with a 3-2 success at home to JB Celtic who dropped to fourth. Steve Crawford was at the double for Beeston whose Graham Stockdale also netted with Ross Jordinson and James Kemp on target for Celtic. Horsforth Fairweather cannot be caught for a top two place and Barwick will seal the title if they beat visiting Main Line Social tomorrow – one of three remaining league games for them. Recently crowned Division One champions Whitkirk Wanderers were 2-0 winners at home to Seacroft who were dealt a blow in their pursuit of finishing second. An Ashley Hoddell double settled the tie and Garforth Villa closed in by moving fourth with a 3-0 win at home to sixth-placed New Pudsey. Liam Whiteman, Jamie Scott and Shaun O’Neil all struck for Villa who have games in hand and every chance of finishing second.
Swillington Welfare jumped out of he bottom two on the final day of the season with a 3-0 win at home to Commercial that left the visitors finishing second bottom.
AMARANTH Twenty 13 sealed the Division Three title on goal difference with a final day 7-0 romp at Millshaw Park Rangers.
Amaranth needed to win by five clear goals to chin Kippax Band Club who must settle for second. Jasiah Donaldson hit a double with Josh Milsted, Danny Blackburn, Ben Wilkinson, Tony Cuthbertson and Adam Tempest adding one each.
Third-placed New Unicorn completed their penultimate league game with a 3-0 loss at home to Bedford Arms Wakefield who were on target through Joe Penman, Adam Rothery plus an own goal.
There were no games in Division Two on Sunday as title-chasing AFC Bramley awarded a home walkover against sixth-placed East Leeds AFC.
In the Extra Cup Competition, Leeds City Rovers bagged back to back to wins, scoring 19 goals in four days in Group A. Rovers first crushed Thursday’s visitors Millshaw Park Rangers 10-0 thanks to hat-tricks from Jordan Dimuka and Paul Wills plus a brace from Rob Holliday and a goal each from Baha Tashani and Helmo Silva. Rovers then cruised to a 9-1 win at Acorn (Bramley) on Sunday with Adam Bond at the treble, Curly Ngonge at the double and Baha Tashani, Paul Wills, Jordan Dimuka and Helmo Silva all notching one each.
In Group C, hosts Pendas Arms and Dalesman Hotel shared a 2-2 draw. Danny Lock struck twice for Dalesman with Paul Baker and Jordan Riley on target for Pendas.
In Group B, Kippax Band Club were awarded a home walkover against Royal Park Leeds.