Leeds Combination League: Grene post notice of top-table credentials

Chapeltown Fforde Grene look set to return to the top of the Jubilee Premier after Sunday's 4-2 win away at Horsforth Fairweather, their fourth victory in as many league games.

Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 5:31 am
Swillington's Jamie Scott crosses under pressure from David Silverwood, of Harehills, in the Leeds Combination League Premier Division. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Fforde Grene had not played a league match in four weeks which had allowed Leeds City Rovers to move to the summit.

But after Hope Inn Whites shocked Rovers with a 5-0 rout, Chapeltown moved to within two points of their rivals as Roy Fogerty netted twice, along with solo strikes from Kieran Goodison and Ashton Campbell.

Winless duo Seacroft WMC and Main Line Social met and it was the home side, Seacroft, who came out on top as star strikers Scott Jonesm (4) and Sallu Dawo (3) shared the goals.

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Elsewhere, mid-table sides JB Celtic and HT Sports shared the points in a scintillating 5-5 draw as John Mallinson second successive hat-track was not enough for JB. Mallinson is the in-form striker in the league and has scored 12 goals in eight matches this season.

In the Jubilee Premier, league leaders Kippax Sundays, recorded their biggest win of the season so far as they ran riot at East Leeds Celtic; Robbie Clayton scoring a hat-trick in an 8-2 result. They remain four points clear of second-placed Kirkstall Crusaders who narrowly overcame FC Broadway 2-1, courtesy of goals from Kyle Wilcock and Danny Hart.

And there was a similar scoreline for Chapeltown Fforde Grene Reserves, in third, as Aiden Parker and Kane Blair put the game against West Leeds Wortley beyond any doubt.

Swillington Welfare kept the pressure on the top four with a win at home to Harehills WMC. But they may well have been disappointed with the scoreline as they managed only a 2-1 win against the side who have just two points from seven games.

But it was Hunslet Parnaby who recorded the most noticeable result of the weekend as they hammered Garforth Sports & Social 9-1. Prior to kick-off the two sides were equal on three points but braces for Kyle Swithenbank and Jamie Davies saw Hunslet on their way.

It is heading for a dogfight at the top of Division One with four sides in flying form. But the real standout side is New Pudsey who kept their 100 per cent record intact as James Allen scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 defeat of Beachwood Sundays.

While the leaders have played five, joint-second sides Millshaw Park and Chapel Allerton have played a game more but find themselves a point behind on 14.

Both remain unbeaten after their wins over Commercial HQ and Halton, Millshaw Park trouncing Commercial 7-0 and Chapel Allerton battling to a 2-1 away victory at Halton.

Pendas Arms, in fourth, could yet go above them though after playing a game less and kept the pressure on their rivals as Dave Turner scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Moortown Albion.

Bottom-side East Leeds finally have points on the board after drawing 5-5 at Hare & Hounds. Oulton Athletic recorded their first win as Rob Rogers came off the bench to score two late goals in a 4-3 win over Bramley Town.

In Division Two, Corpus Christi beat Sporting Pudsey 4-3 and have now won five from five.

Leaders West Leeds Armley, also on 15 points, fell 5-3 to third-placed South Seacroft and have now lost three games in the league.

Pudsey Athletic leapfrogged AFC Elford – at the wrong end of the table – after a 4-3 success while there were also victories for Horsforth Saints and Halfway.

In Division 3A, after Wortley Knights dropped points in the 3-3 draw with West Leeds Farnley, Republica Internationale moved closer to the top with a 3-0 away win at third-placed East End Park WMC.

Original Oak lost their sixth consecutive game at home to Old Hall Town, while AFC Travellers trounced Amaranth Athletic 7-1 – Paul Barrett scored four – and New Moorside and Halfway House Bramley shared the points in an eight-goal thriller.

In Divison 3B, the top four sides – Western Juniors, Bramley Town Reserves, Woodcock and FC Armley – were all victorious and are beginning to move away from the chasing pack, while Black Lion secured their first three points with a 7-0 hammering of Millshaw Park Rangers Reserves.