Leeds Sunday League: Own goal proves decisive as clubmen reel in Grene

Josh Fisher, left of East Leeds wins the ball from Eddie Lee of Western Juniors

Josh Fisher, left of East Leeds wins the ball from Eddie Lee of Western Juniors

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HAREHILLS WMC threw their hat firmly into the Terry Pears Premier title race ring with Sunday’s 3-2 success at Chapel Street Whites.

The game of the day paired leaders Chapeltown Fforde Grene away at second-placed Carnegie who were unbeaten.

And the student outfit remain unbeaten but after having to settle for a goalless draw.

That outcome meant Harehills would move second with victory and they did not disappoint with an own goal giving them a first-half lead.

Harehills then increased their advantage as Daniel Marcinkowski struck but fourth-placed Chapel Street then hit back through Lee Cuthbertson.

However, the clubmen restored their two-goal cushion through John Allanson before Si Doughty bagged a Chapel Street second in the last minute.

Fforde remain top of the pile but only one point clear of Harehills with both sides having played nine games.

But best placed of all are third-placed Carnegie who are just two points behind Harehills and with three games in hand on the two teams above them.

There is a seven point gap back to fourth-placed Chapel Street Whites who have played one game more than Carnegie.

Elsewhere in the top flight, the division’s bottom two sides – East End Park WMC and Halfway House – met at Skelton Road and ended all square at 2-2.

Liam Attwood netted both the Park goals with Marcus Liburd and John Prowse getting the Halfway responses.

Park stay bottom and two points adrift of Halfway House with a further two points to third-bottom Original Oak.

Seventh-place East Leeds Celtic were Sunday’s stars of the Championship action with an 8-2 romp at third-bottom Western Juniors.

Celtic’s Gary Smith netted four times to go with goals from Stephen Johnson, Liam Sandford and Gavin Frost.

Jordan Rosendale and Aaron Spinks were the Western men on target.

Third-placed Halfway also enjoyed a 9-0 demolition of basement visitors New Farnley whose goal difference now stands at minus 98 after just ten games.

Lee Robinson led the goal-glut with a hat-trick while Jerry Novotny bagged a brace.

Clive Riley, Dale Hague and Adam Pulford were also on target with Halfway also aided by an own goal.

There was a surprise for second-placed East Leeds AFC who suffered a 2-0 reverse at home to sixth-placed Water-into-Beer.

Goals from Steve Mbara and Billy Blanko have Beer their fourth success of the campaign.

Fifth-placed KKS Zubry also hit top form when visiting second-bottom Acorn who were felled 6-1.

Acorn actually led at the break thanks to a goal from Lee Whittaker but the visitors hit back to score six goals without reply. Ralph Chisholm and Ryan Parker both netted twice to go with efforts from Luke Player and Rob Clarke.

Away from league matters, Division One side Corpus Christi played hosts to Premier Division Original Oak in Group D of the Hope Leeds United Members Cup and ran out 6-3 winners to go top of the group.

Stuart Scales, with a brace, as well as Jonathan Meredith, Simon Eastwood, Philip Jarvis and Karl Dixon were the scoring heroes for the winners.

The Oak responed through John Tompkinson with a double and Steven Sharp.

The top game this weekend sees Harehills WMC host Carnegie in another key game in the top-flight title race.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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