Leeds Combination: Double cup final joy lifts Moor boss Walsh

Action from Halton Moor v Belle Isle WMC. PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Halton Moor v Belle Isle WMC. PIC: Steve Riding
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THEY saY a week is a long time in football – and Halton Moor boss Danny Walsh is suddenly eyeing a glorious double.

This time last week Walsh was lamenting his “worst week in football management” with the boss insisting defeat to Belle Isle WMC and a 3-3 draw with HT Sports had ended his side’s Jubilee Premier title bid.

Yet Moor bounced back by defeating HT Sports 3-2 with 10 men in Wednesday night’s Leeds and District FA Sunday Senior Cup semi-final – a result backed up by Sunday’s 4-1 triumph against Belle Isle WMC in the Combination League’s Sanford Cup semi.

Chapeltown Fforde Grene await in both finals after winning 3-2 at HT in Sunday’s other Sanford Cup semi, Fforde having already booked their place in the Leeds and District FA Sunday Senior Cup final with a 2-0 win at JB Celtic. Walsh, though, is particularly determined to win this year’s Sanford.

“We’ve come good!” said Walsh, whose men visit Fforde this Sunday in the league.

“Both cups are important but to be honest we’ve won the District Cup five times so the Sanford would be nice but Fforde are in top form this year so it will be hard.

“We should still be on for the league as well but we blew that in seen days. Like I said when we joined this league, we’re not in it just to make up the numbers. We want to win cups.”

Halton Moor goals from Roy Stamer, Glenn Wood and Jay Kitchen sunk HT on Wednesday evening with Ste Mallory, Tom Claisse, Chris Pacevitch and Glenn Wood all on target in Sunday’s success against Belle Isle at Amaranth.

Fforde booked their place in the Sanford Cup final as a Fernando Moke double and Joel Hughes strike sealed a 3-2 win against HT at Swillington Miners Welfare. Goals from Joe Jagger and Steve Palfrey were in vain for HT. The Sanford Cup final will be held at Farsley, at a date to be confirmed.

Away from the cup competitions, title-chasing Barwick lit up Division One with a 14-0 romp at Pudsey Juniors Old Boys in which Danny Maw scored six. Ben Roffe and Josh McLean added hat-trick with Cal Budd and Sam Walker getting a goal each. The title bid of Beeston St Anthony’s was ended as they were held to a 3-3 draw at home to Waggon Athletic who finish second-bottom.

Original Oak finish bottom and with three points after their 4-1 loss at home to fourth-bottom Daisy who were on target through Jamie Carrington, Shane Collins, Kayne Hague and an own goal, Daisy ’keeper Jamie Bull also saved a penalty.

Beeston were felled by a G Stockade brace and an A Tate strike but an Andrew Wathen double and Shawn Mitchell strike gave Waggon a draw.