Leeds Combination League - Top two still locked tight after lockdown

THE top two couldn’t be separated on the resumption of the Leeds Combination Jubilee Premier on Sunday.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 5:59 am
Lee Turner scores from the penalty spot for HT Sports against top-of-the-table rivals Kirkstall Crusaders. Picture: Steve Riding.

Lee Turner was among the goals – from the spot and open play – for hosts HT Sports who were locked at 2-2 after 90 minutes with Kirkstall Crusaders.

Kirkstall stay top by virtue of a better goal difference with HT second, both on 17 points after eight games of the stop-start season.

Sixth-place Bardsey Sunday, meanwhile, were no match for Main Line Social.

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HT Sports' Lee Turner scores his second goal in the 2-2 draw with visitors Kirkstall Crusaders. Picture: Steve Riding.

Social eased to a 4-0 victory with goals from Matty Dalton, Mark Ferguson (2) and Joseph Hudson, taking them to third in the table just two points adrift of the top two but, crucially, with two games in hand.

Only one fixture took place on Sunday in Division One, when second took on third.

Hunslet Club Sundays First and visitors Garden Gate are now level on 11 points in the standings after their meeting threw up a 3-3 result, Jonathan Dockerty, Mark Temple-Baker and Richard Wheelhouse netting for the hosts.

Both, however, are still way off the pace set by runaway leaders Wykebeck Arms who have 24 points from their nine fixtures to date.

Joe Bedford heads wide for HT Sports against Kirkstall Crusaders. Picture: Steve Riding.

That said, Hunslet Club do have games in hand on the two teams placed immediately above and below them on the league ladder. The next step in bridging that gap will be tested, no doubt, this coming Sunday when Hunslet travel to Wykebeck.

In Division Two, Western Juniors – now seventh – turned the tables on fifth-placed visitors Harehills WMC.

It finished 2-1 with Paul Cuthbertson and Ryan Howard on target for Juniors and David Morley netting for the Clubmen.

Liam Mallinson’s goal proved a point as visiting Pudsey Bojangles held leaders East Leds Celtic to a 1-1 draw.

In Division Three, third-placed Little London mowed down hosts AFC Daisy, 9-1.

Jonathan Daniel hit a hat-trick of goals, Kieran Deighan came off the bench and tucked away two, Macca McBurney also struck twice while Mark Hill and Ryan Mills added one apiece to the team tally.

Mid-table rivals Leeds Hyde Park and Energy FC couldn’t be separated.

However, when Kerem Eribilir struck twice to give the visitors a two-goal lead at half-time, Energy must have felt they were on their way to three points.

But Leeds Hyde Park clawed their way back into the game and netted three second-half goals to Energy’s one addition, put away by William Fenton for it to finish 3-3.

Goals from Birama Diallo and Scott Goodal were enough as travelling, second-placed Bramley Lions saw off Northern Star 2-0.

Leaders Old Crooked Clock made light work of their encounter with fourth-placed Crown & Anchor.

Danny Waite netted a hat-trick in the 6-1 win, with further goals coming from Abubacary Camara, Jamie Davies and Daniel Stimpson. Paul Jackson scored Crown & Anchor’s consolation goal.

In Division four, leaders North Leodis were pushed all the way by third-placed FC North Leeds before securing a 3-2 victory, but mid-table Spartak Leodis 1st found the going a bit tougher at second-placed Kippax OB where it finished 4-1 in favour of the hosts.

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