LEEDS MEDICS & Dentists ensured they will spend Christmas top of the pile after battling back from going 1-0 down to seal a 3-1 success at home to 10-man Rodilian.
The third-bottom visitors took a surprise 42nd-minute lead but Medics levelled five minutes after the interval with a Dave Emms shot from 12 yards.
Rodilian were then reduced to 10 men but the plucky visitors held on until the 80th minute when centre-half Alex Howard found space as the extra man on the far post to tuck the ball away. The Medics’ holly on the Christmas pudding arrived with two minutes to go when a dinked cross from Brad Chambers was converted by a near-post header from Niall Robinson.
Medics sign off for Christmas two points clear of second-placed Farsley Celtic Juniors who were not in action and have two games in hand.
But two points back in third and with another two games in hand are Farnley Sports who savoured a 4-2 success at home to Alwoodley despite starting the game with just 10 men including a stand-in goalkeeper. Sports still drew first blood thanks to Ashley Crowther’s goal around the 30-minute mark but second-bottom Alwoodley then equalised five minutes after the break through a 25-yard freekick from Marvin Sorhaindo. Farnley regained the lead when Andy Punter hit home a short-range rebound in the 55th minute but courageous Alwoodley levelled for the second time with 15 minutes remaining through an Alex Baddams penalty. But a power-packed finish gave Farnley all three points. First Adam Butterworth converted an 80th-minute penalty with Shane Gaunt then netting in injury time.
Four points further behind Farnley and with another game in hand are Stanningley Old Boys who continued their good form under new manager Gareth Rennard with a 2-0 win against seventh-placed visitors Trinity Old Boys. The home side’s Tom Stewart and James Allen netted a goal apiece.
The Championship is now led by Beeston Juniors who obliged 5-2 at basement boys Leeds Independent. Goals for Ashley Knowles, George Lazaro and a Josh Walsh triple brought home the bacon for Beeston who raced into a 3-0 lead before conceding to Damon Jenkinson and Gav Hercules
Thornesians moved third with a 4-1 triumph at fourth-bottom Morley Town AFC who were 4-0 down to strikes from Ryan Baxby, Ben Austin, James Wootton and Lewis De Csernatony by the time Marc Haley hit a consolation. Collingham Juniors Old Boys jumped to eighth with a surprise 5-2 win at sixth-placed Beeston St Anthony’s who were sunk by a Tom Deane treble plus goals from James Kearney and Mark Pieri.
COLTON ATHLETIC doubled their seasonal points tally with a surprise 4-3 defeat of Calverley United whose own Division One promotion hopes took another battering.
Second-placed Calverley led 2-1 at the interval but a Nick Rozycki double plus goals from Ben Vickers and Jono Goodwin gave the hosts their first success of the season, in addition to three draws. Two goals from Rob Nicholson plus a Mark Waterhouse strike were in vain for the hosts who are a point behind leaders Drighlington, who have three games in hand.
Grangefield Old Boys Reserves are another point back in third and with two games in hand following a 5-1 success at home to seventh-placed Rothwell Reserves. A brace from Tyler Gill plus strikes from Jack Hill, Andy Dougan and Sam Russell brought up the home nap hand with Rothwell collapsing after being level 1-1 at the break.
St Bedes moved fifth by trouncing third-bottom and 10-man visitors Wheelwright Old Boys 6-1. The home side’s Jordan Northin, Jamal Nash and Nathan Bailey all bagged doubles.
Runaway Division Two leaders Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves dropped points for the first time this season in a 1-1 draw at third-placed Churwell Lions. Churwell led at the interval through Michael Carroll but Farsley salvaged a point when Steve Wells netted on the hour.
In Division Three, Ealandians Reserves took over top spot with a 7-2 romp at Leeds Modernians thanks to a hat-trick from Ollie McEwan plus a brace from Jonny Pickles and a George Haigh-Gill strike.