Leeds Combination League: City go 2-1 up in mini series with Seacroft
With Chapeltown Fforde Grene out of action in the Jubilee Premier Division for a fortnight, Leeds City Rovers capitalised on their chance to go top of the league.
Playing their fifth game of the season, remarkably they were up against Seacroft WMC for the third time, having played them once in the league and once in the cup in the first two weeks of the season.
After falling 2-1 in the opening game, Seacroft heaped revenge on Leeds City a week later in the Sunday Senior Cup, in an enthralling 5-3 result. Yet they remain winless in the league and were comfortably beaten 2-0 as Nick Clarke’s brace put his side top, ahead of Chapeltown.
Elsewhere, bottom side Main Line Social were at home to JB Celtic, who, after narrowly succumbing to a 1-0 defeat against the league leaders last time out, were back to winning ways with a routine 4-0 rout, goals coming from John Mallinson (2), Jack McMurrough and Richie Banks.
With just three league games completed between them, both HT Sports and Horsforth Fairweather had the opportunity to secure their first win. However, it was HT that came out on top with a resounding 6-1 win. A brace from Sam Hewitt along with goals from Sam Ackroyd and Barrie Danby had put the home side in a comfortable position, and the tie was firmly put to bed when substitute Baz Frankland added another two.
In the Premier Division, bottom duo Harehills WMC and FC Broadway met knowing that a win could put them as high as seventh.
And though Krystian Jaworski continued his fine form with another double for Harehills, Broadway went home victorious as Carlton Binks and Matt Walker each scored a brace in a thrilling 5-3.
With both Kippax Sundays and East Leeds Celtic yet to drop points, the pressure got to both. And though Kippax remain unbeaten after a 1-1 draw with Colton, East Leeds Celtic move down to third after a 5-2 defeat against fifth-placed Swillington Welfare.
Taking advantage of East Leeds Celtic’s defeat were Kirkstall Crusaders away at ninth-placed Hunslet Parnaby. Hubert Jamroz bagged two whilst James Burgess, Martin Loveridge, Kyle Wilcock and Mark Whittam all added one each as the Crusaders ran out 6-1 winners.
In Division One, there were just two games played but both featured teams from the wrong end of the table.
Hare & Hounds secured their second win of the season, winning 4-1 away at Oulton Athletic, who have now lost four from four.
But the more thrilling affair came at Moortown Albion as they welcomed Commercial HQ to their ground. Both were yet to win in the league this season, but, after a 5-3 victory, Moortown have climbed to eighth.
Phil Gomersal scored two, while Matty Hoddell, Hassan Dambatta and Kristian Johnson chipped in. For Commercial, Michael Hartley netted a double and Ryan McGee added the other.
But after six games their team have just one point along with the worst goal difference in the division.
With Division Two leaders Corpus Christi in cup action, West Leeds Armley knew a win against struggling AFC Elford would see them top, for the time being, on goal difference.
And they made that place theirs for a week, running out 6-1 winners. Level with Corpus Christi on 12 points, West Leeds Armley have played two games more, but they boast a plus-25 goal difference after just six outings.
Elsewhere, Sporting Pudsey’s 4-3 win over South Seacroft moves them up to fourth and level on points with their opponents.
Wortley Knights’ Division 3A tie with Amaranth was postponed, but in 3B there were four games.
League leaders Western Juniors sent a statement to their challengers by thumping struggling Millshaw Park Rangers Reserves 9-0, with Mik Brown and Dave Newsham each scoring hat-tricks.
Also on the wrong end of a whitewash were bottom side FC Retailers, losing 8-0 at home to AFC Armley.
There were closer affairs in the two games featuring the Bramley sides, however.
In the derby, Bramley Town Reserves stayed second with a 3-2 result over Bramley Villagers, whilst West Leeds Bramley scraped past Temple, 5-4.
In the Sandford Cup first Round, Hope Inn Whites knocked out Chapeltown Fforde Greene Reserves as Danny Maw scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory.
In the LUTY Cup, there were wins for Chapel Allerton, FC Horsforth Saints, Millshaw Park Rangers and New Pudsey.
However, in-form striker Phil Jarvis was unable to stop Corpus Christi being eliminated as they fell 5-4 on penalties to Beachwood.
And in the first round of the Mawson Cup, Old Hall Town, AFC Travellers, New Moorside, West Leeds Farnley and Halfway House Bramley are all comfortably through to the next round after breezing past their respective opponents.