Leeds Combination: Arch rivals braced for semi-final showdown

Ball-watching New Pudsey and Garforth Villa players.
Ball-watching New Pudsey and Garforth Villa players.
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HT Sports and Chapeltown Fforde Grene set up a Sanford Cup showdown by both easing to victory in Sunday’s quarter-finals.

HT were 5-1 winners at home to Seacroft AFC with a Barry Franklin brace supported by a goal each from Sam Hewitt, Mick Mills and Steve Palfreyman.

Fforde were 3-0 victors at Leeds City Rovers thanks to goals from Dan Sheriffe, Dempsey Smith and Chris Hitchins.

The two sides will now lock horns in an eagerly-awaited semi-final at Swillington Miners Welfare on March 29 - which will be five weeks on from HT’s 4-2 defeat of the league champions last weekend.

HT also sit top of the league and boss Lee Connor said: “The Sanford Cup is important to us and we want to make it 11 consecutive Sanford Cup finals.

“Chappy in the semi, though, won’t be easy!”

Halton Moor will meet Belle Isle WMC at Amaranth FC in the other semi final with Belle Isle 4-1 winners against visiting Barwick on Sunday.

Jubilee Premier action resumes this weekend with the top three playing sides in the bottom four.

HT are at Belle Isle WMC, and Fforde host Queenswood Crusaders with Halton Moor at home to Leeds City Rovers.

The LUTY Cup final will be between New Pudsey and Leodis United with Leodis United romping to a 6-1 success at Division Two rivals East Leeds AFC on Sunday.

Jordan Mudd and John Sykes both notched doubles for Leodis, supported by a goal each from Luther Dore and Alex Johnson.

New Pudsey overcame fellow Division One side Garforth Villa 3-2 as strikes from Ashley Forber, Adam Hepworth and Chris McCarthy sealed a home victory.

Danny Waite and Michael Hick netted for Villa.

In the ‘Extra Cup Competition’, Premier outfit Main Line Social romped to a 6-0 success at bottom tier side Royal Park Leeds.

In league matters, Premier Division leaders Horsforth Fairweather triumphed 2-0 at home to title rivals Beeston St Anthony’s thanks to a goal each from Dave Howarth and Liam McHale.

Second-placed JB Celtic saw off plucky basement club visitors Original Oak 3-2 courtesy of strikes from Danny Firbank, Jack McMurrough and Andy Campbell.

Daisy eased their relegation fears with a 4-1 verdict at Pudsey Juniors Old Boys through doubles from Ryan McQuade and Fidel Mholo. Dave Thornton netted for the hosts.

Mid-table Colton were 3-2 victors at home to second-bottom Waggon Athletic thanks to a brace from Richard Varley plus a Mickey O’Brien strike.