Leeds Combination - Main Line Social doing utmost to derail HT’s title hopes

main Line Social are trying their utmost to derail rival Jubilee Premier title chasers HT Sports.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 5:53 am
Mark Ferguson scores for Main Line Social in the Leeds Combination League Jubilee Premier clash with HT Sports. Picture: Steve Riding.

Sunday’s 10-goal encounter finished 6-4 in favour of Social who top the standings, two points clear of HT with a game in hand.

Matty Dalton, Mark Ferguson (2), Luke Kitson, Joshua Proctor and Joe Tasker scored for Main Line.

Second-bottom Kippax Sunday held the nap hand over cellar dwellers Seacroft WMC, winning 5-2 to open a three-point gap on the Clubmen but, crucially, while still having three games in hand.

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Joe Tasker delights the crowd with a goal for Main Line Social against HT Sports. Picture: Steve Riding.

Joe Hainsworth scored a 63rd-minute consolation goal for hosts Whitkirk Wanderers Sunday, who crashed 6-1 at home to Leeds Met FC.

Met are now three points clear of seventh-placed Whitkirk with a game in hand.

Third and fourth, meanwhile, couldn’t be separted. Kirkstall Crusaders FC were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Bardsey Sunday who, though a point adrift in the standings, have two games in hand.

In Division 1, bottom club Original Oak First gave fourth-placed New Inn New Inn FC a good run for their money before going down 7-3.

Lee Turner converts his penalty for HT Sports at Main Line Social. Picture: Steve Riding.

Joe Cooper, Dale Orange, Ben Howarth, Danny Byford and Oliver Ainsworth had their shooting boots on for New Inn, while goals from Luke Holden, Josh Hudson-Jacques and Adam Hughes kept the visitors in the hunt.

Second-top Sheepscar edged out second-bottom Oulton Athletic, 2-1.

In Division 2, leaders FC Scholes are six points clear with three games in hand on second-placed East Leeds Celtic after a 3-2 win over spunky visitors, Harehills WMC.

Daniel Marcinkowski scored both goals for Harehills.

A healthy crowd looks on as Joe Taskler, left of Main Line Social, gets the better of HT Sports' Joe Beddard. Picture: Steve Riding.

Celtic, meanwhile, edged out second-bottom hosts West Yorkshire Falcons, 1-0.

Billy Lumsden hit a hat-trick as hosts Churwell FC out-gunned Pudsey Bojangles 7-2.

Further goals were added by George Bowles, Connor Sikora, Steven Greenwood and substitute Liam Briggs.

The game became a little fractious with a number of yellow cards handed out before Bojangles were reduced to 10 men two minutes from the end of normal time.

Main Line Social players celebrate after beating title rivals HT Sports 6-4. Picture: Steve Riding.

Four-goal Jamal Stewart steered seventh-placed Leeds Alpha to a 5-2 victory at higher-placed Division 3 rivals, Crown & Anchor.

John Snalan was on target for fourth-placed Crown while Brandon Smith interrupted Stewart’s goals run with a goal sandwiched between the latter’s last two efforts.

It was a one-sided affair - almost - for leaders Old Crooked Clock at bottom club Northern Star.

James Hardisty scored for Star but Clock struck six, tucked away by Abubacary Camara, Jamie Davies, Jack Duncan, Danny Waite (2) and Tayler Cross.

Jordan Parkinson, Sam Flinn and Michael Evans all scored for visiting Headingley Rovers Firsts inside the opening 25 minutes at second-bottom Bramley Amateurs who rallied only to fall one goal short.

It finished 3-2, leaving Amateurs just a point ahead of basement club, Northern Star.

Sixth and fixth - Bramley Lions and Leeds Hyde Park - couldn’t be separated.

The rivals shared eight goals equally, leaving the league ladder effectively unchanged with Park a point adrift but with a game in hand. Armando Andrade, Dean Wood and two-goal Kynan Wrigglesworth were on target for Lions.

Andres Julian Ardila Garcia and Fraser Branton netted in 10th-placed Swarcliffe FC First’s 2-1 home victory over Farnley Rangers FC, who sit two places lower on the ladder.

In Division 4, Amaranth Crossgates made home advantage count to see off Headingley Rovers Reserves FC 3-1, Club 97 scored four goals but lost out 6-4 to visiting Sporting Pudsey, North Leodis ran out 5-0 victors over Oulton Athletic Res, and Spartak Leodis 1st picked off Bramley Amateurs FC Res 4-2.

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