Leeds Combination: HT Sports bounce back but Grene are still hot on their tails

Action from Queenswood Crusaders v Halton Moor.
Action from Queenswood Crusaders v Halton Moor.
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HT SPORTS bounced back from last weekend’s FA Sunday Cup upset with Sunday’s 7-3 success at home to Belle Isle WMC in the Jubilee Premier.

Jason Davis led the charge with a brace which was supported by strikes from Graeme Sides, Joe Jagger, Chris Howarth, Sam Ackroyd and player manager Lee Connor.

HT will now travel to Prospect on Sunday in the County Cup with boss Lee Connor relieved to have consigned the previous week’s cup loss to Hull outfit LIV Supplies to the past.

“That was much better and we are looking forward to the County Cup now,” he said.

The victory moved HT top of the table but second-placed champions Chapeltown Fforde Grene are just two points behind and with a game in hand.

Halton Moor maintained their title charge with a 4-3 victory at Queenswood Crusaders which saw Halton Moor player-manager Danny Walsh play 80 minutes in goal.

Walsh had to replace injured shotstopper Micky Lyons after just 10 minutes but the visitors dug in to record a victory through a Steven Copley brace, a Roy Stammer strike and a Paulie Graham penalty.

Along with Fforde, Halton Moor are one of only two teams yet to be beaten in the Jubilee Premier with Danny Walsh’s side sat fourth – seven points behind leaders HT but with two games in hand.

Walsh’s men travel to Millbridge WMC in the County Cup this weekend.

In Sunday’s only other top-flight game played, third-placed Pudsey Liberal Club were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-battling Seacroft AFC.

Goals from Ryan Robinson and Luke Coates gave Seacroft their first point of the season with Leeds City Rovers now bottom of the table.

Pudsey stay third but they have played more games than any other side in the division.

Manston Wanderers moved three points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 3-2 win at home to Pudsey Juniors Old Boys.

Pudsey dropped to fifth. Louis Cherkiaou bagged a brace for the visitors.

Barwick were held 3-3 by sixth-placed visitors Horsforth Fairweather.

Dave Howarth, Jamie Francis and Dave Scott all notched to give the away side a point.

Third-placed Main Line Social closed in with a 5-0 triumph at home to second-bottom Waggon Athletic.

Eamonn O’Hanlon bagged a double for Waggon whose Andy Horsman, Bradley Francis-White and Mark Wilson were also on the scoresheet.

JB Celtic moved fourth with a 5-2 victory at basement boys Original Oak.

Phil Evans and Darryl Whittaker both struck for the hosts but two goals from Steve Wells plus one each from Luke Kitson, Joe Campbell and Daniel King made up the JB nap hand.

Division One leaders Whitkirk Wanderers were held to a 1-1 draw by eighth-placed visitors Garforth Villa.

Kingsley Wetherald netted for the home side’s top dogs but a Jamie Scott goal ensured the points were shared.

Engine are now second only on goal difference after their 2-0 verdict at home to Commercial.

Glenn Machin struck for the victorious hosts who also benefited from Commercial scoring an own goal.

Seven goals were scored at third-bottom Pendas Arms who were eclipsed 5-2 by New Parnaby who moved fifth. Two Richard Wheelhouse goals led the way with Kyle Swithenbank, Robin Williams and Jamie Davies adding a goal each. A Darren Forbes double failed to save the hosts.

New Pudsey moved into fourth with a 2-1 win at home to Swillington Saints who drop to sixth.

Colton's Chris Hicks tries a shot on goal during Saturday's 4-2 Hancock Cup defeat at Shire Reserves. PIC: Steve Riding

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