Leeds Combination: Halton cup goals are the numbers that count

Luty Cup winners New Pudsey.
Luty Cup winners New Pudsey.
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DANNY Walsh watched Halton Moor floor Chapeltown Fforde Grene to claim Sanford Cup glory and then declared: “I always said we’re not here to make the numbers up.”

Fforde needed to avoid defeat at Belle Isle WMC last night to claim the Jubilee Premier title and approached Sunday’s Sanford Cup final hoping it would be the second part of a treble.

Chapeltown had already bagged the Leeds and District FA Sunday Senior Challenge Cup by beating Halton Moor at Bracken Edge but Moor gained their revenge with a dramatic victory on penalties.

Mickey Nelson gave Moor a second-half lead but a Dempsey Smith double then had Fforde heading for victory.

However, Glen Wood’s strike four minutes from time enforced a shoot-out with Moor then holding their nerve to win 4-3 on spot kicks.

Halton had been winning the Leeds Sunday League pretty much every year before joining the Combination in which they finished third last year but Walsh said: “I always said we’re not here to make the numbers up. We’re here for silverware and both teams above us in the league haven’t beaten the moor this year in the league.

“It’s been an up and down season we should have won more but that’s football look forward to next season and maybe get the league title.”

Earlier, New Pudsey lifted the LUTY Cup with a 3-2 success against Leeds FA Sunday Jubilee Cup winners Leodis United.

Patrick Sutton, Ashley Forber and Levi Forber all netted for Pudsey who finished the season sixth in Division One with Leodis fifth in Division Two.

New Pudsey boss Craig McDade reasoned: “We’ve had a mediocre season, so to get the silverware at the end of it has put a nice sheen on the campaign. It gives us something that allows us to take stock of the players we have available to us. We’ve also now got a platform on which to build for next season.”

In league matters, Garforth Villa comfortably sealed a second-place finish in Division One despite Sunday’s final day 7-5 loss in a goal-fest at home to already crowned champions Whitkirk Wanderers.

Liam Whiteman notched a double for Villa whose Danny Waite, Michael Hick and Robert Fothergill also netted but braces from Ashley Hoddell and Dale Manson plus strikes from Oliver Mallinson, Lee McKenzie and Kingsley Wetherald saw Whitkirk end a glorious campaign in style.

But Villa had already ensured they would finish second with through last Tuesday’s 5-1 success at fourth-placed Seacroft in which Fothergill slammed in a four-timer.

Substitute Darren South also struck for Villa who edged out New Parnaby for second spot.