Leeds Combination League - Seven-goal HT Sports close gap on the leaders

HT Sports closed the gap on the Jubilee Premier leaders to three points once again with a 7-3 home victory over Whitkirk Wanderers Sunday.

Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 5:56 am
Maxmillian Ballard heads wide for North Leodis North Leodis in their Leeds Combination League Division Four encounter with Spartak Leodis. Picture: Steve Riding.

Sixth-placed Wanderers kept Sports on their toes throughout and were rewarded with goals, scored by Dwight Nelson, Carl Robinson and Raymond Spencer.

Barry Frankland and Steven Palfrey netted two apiece for HT with Jason Davis, Lee Turner and Steve Wales adding to the magnificent sevteam tally.

Cellar dwellers Seacroft WMC belied their lowly league status to give fourth-placed Leeds Met FC a scare before eventually losing out 4-3 after being level, 1-1, on the turn.

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Grady Marshall shoots for North Leodis. Picture: Steve Riding.

Andrew Slinger and substitute Mathew Hatch were among the scorers for the clubmen while Lewis Barker, Jack Berman (2) and sub’ Louis Rafter found the back of the net for Leeds Met.

In Division One, bottom club Original Oak First grew into the game at New Armley but eventually succumbed 3-2.

Gavin O’Connor netted twice for Oak with Lee Harris, Jordan Tate and sub’ McCauley Elliott on target for Armley.

Fourth-placed Garden Gate took a while to shut out hosts New Inn New Inn, 4-3.

Maxmillian Ballard heads wide for North Leodis against Spartak Leodis. Picture: Steve Riding.

Scorers for the hosts were Dalton Pearson and Shane Sowden (2).

Fifth-placed Sheepscar enjoyed a nap hand at home to Hunslet Club Sundays First but, not surprisingly, didn’t have everything their own way against the third-placed visitors. It finished 5-2.

Second-bottom Swillington Welfare First belied their status in the standings against visitors Wykebeck Arms - the top-placed team on the ladder.

Wykebeck eventually secured the three points with a 2-1 victory over a game host outfit.

Churwell went level on points at the top of Division Two by edging leaders Scholes in their own back yard.

George Bowles scored the all-important goal for the visitors who are now level on 13 points with top team Scholes, who still have a game in hand on their nearest rivals. Beck & Call saw off Halfway House 4-0, East Leeds Celtic FC also netted four but conceded one to Republica Internationale, and Harehills WMC were held to a 2-2 draw by visitors Western Juniors OB.

In Division Three, Old Crooked Clock hold a two-point advantage at the top after their 4-1 victory over third-placed hosts Crown & Anchor AFC.

Daisy hit Farnley Rangers for six - it finished 6-1 - Athletico Bramley were held to a 3-3 draw by Leeds Alpha, Bramley Amateurs got the better of neighbours Bramley Lions, 1-0, Energy FC saw off Leeds Hyde Park 4-2, Northern Star First and Headingley Rovers Firsts drew one apiece, and bottom club Swarcliffe First were swamped 7-0 by Little London.

In Division Four, goals from Suniel Makh and Omar Camara were not enough to prevent Spartak Leodis 1st going down 5-2 at North Leodis.

Amaranth Crossgates lost out 4-1 at home to Kippax OB, North Leeds and Club 97 drew 2-2, Headingley Rovers edged Bramley Amateur Res 6-5, Oulton Athletic Res crashed 7-1 at home to Oakley First, and Sporting Pudsey went one (or two) better by beating hosts Stanningley Albion JFC 8-0.