PLAYER Manager Sam Ward says Sunday’s first league loss of the season is a small price to pay for two fantastic years at disbanding Carnegie FC.
The recently re-crowned Leeds Sunday League champions lost their unbeaten Terry Pears Premier record in their final fixture on Sunday through a 3-1 loss at Richmond Hill who avoided a bottom-two finish on the final day of the season.
Richmond Hill will thus be eligible for another crack at Terry Pears Premier action next term but it’s the end of the road for student side Carnegie with the vast majority of their players about to graduate and leave Leeds.
Ward admits he is sad to see his all-conquering team disband but, after four trophies in two years, the player/manager says his men can have nothing but fond memories of the last two years.
“Sunday was a shame as we fielded a horribly weakened team and lost our first league game which happened to be our last,” said Ward.
“But two seasons and four trophies is not a bad return really.
“Sadly we’ve all got to go our separate ways now. Had I stayed in Leeds, I would have replaced one half of the team with the calibre of the other and then pushed for Saturday league football. It’s a shame we can’t carry it on as we’ve got six or seven semi-pro-standard players who are all off to find jobs!”
In Sunday’s other Leeds Sunday League Championship game played, Chapel Street Whites sealed a fourth-place finish with a 4-2 triumph at basement boys Halfway House.
KKS Zubry also sealed a second-place finish in the Championship with a 3-0 victory at fifth-placed East Leeds AFC.
In the Heavy Woollen League, Thornhill Lees edged closer to the Premier Division title with a 10-0 hammering of local rivals Overthorpe Sports Club. Scott Hargreaves led the way with five goals, with Jamie Wasley, Elliott Williams, Scott Ryan, Aidan Schofield and Joel Clegg also on the scoresheet.
St John Fisher lead the table by one point but have completed all their fixtures. Both Thornhill Lees and Birkenshaw have a chance of finishing top, and both ironically have to play away at Towngate in their final fixture.
Bottom side Mirfield Town ended their season with a disappointing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Towngate.
The only game in Division Three saw already-promoted Dewsbury Westside held to a 2-2 draw by bottom side Black Horse Reserves