Leeds Combination League: Fforde and HT march through to semi-finals

Match action from Fforde Grene v Halton Moor.
Match action from Fforde Grene v Halton Moor.
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Chapeltown Fforde Grene sent league rivals Halton Moor crashing out of the Sunday Senior Cup after a 2-0 win.

Dan Sherif and Fernando Moke got the goals for Chapeltown to book them a place in the semi-finals.

HT Sports overcame a brave performance from Queenswood Crusaders, winning 5-3 away.

Braces from Steve Palfrey and Barry Danby sent them on their way and a Ben Thornton strike sealed their place in the semi-finals.

Seacroft WMC Athletic turned up the heat in the Jubilee Premier League title race by hammering AFC Hannover Arms 7-1.

Dave Lowther scored a solitary goal for Hannover as Seacroft were inspired by a five-goal-haul from Glenroy Hilton and strikes from Alex Wilson and Ryan Robinson.

The result leaves Seacroft just two points adrift of league leaders Chapeltown Fforde Grene.

Meanwhile, rock-bottom Leeds City Rovers held out third- placed Belle Isle in a 0-0 draw to gain what could turn out to be a crucial point in their battle for survival.

It was their first point in over two months, when they stunned the league by drawing 3-3 at Seacroft.

In the Combination Premier League, Yeadon Veterans blew the title race wide open after emerging victorious in a top-of-the-table clash with fierce rivals Pudsey Liberal Club.

Yeadon edged to a fantastic 3-2 win to reduce the gap at the summit to ten points, with the chasers having three games in hand.

Scott Firth bagged a brace for the winners while Michael James also scored. Rick Simpson and John Mallinson netted for Pudsey.

Pudsey Juniors took out their local rivals New Pudsey 3-1.

Goals from Dave Thornton, Chris Mason and Keelan Milner were enough to overcome an Adam Hepworth strike and secure all three points.

In Division One, Horsforth Fairweather’s title campaign looks as if it is beginning to falter after they were stunned at home by Engine, going down 3-2 to the mid-table side.

Matty Walker bagged a brace for Engine while Aaron Myers scored a vital goal to edge out Horsforth, who could only muster a Rob Wilson strike and an own goal.

Horsforth’s lead is now six points, but they have played more games than the teams below them.

Waggon Athletic took advantage of Horsforth’s slip-up by coasting to a 4-1 win away to Outlon Athletic.

A single goal from Ryan Brear was in vain as Waggon scored through a Danny Walker double and Liam Hickinson and Andy Wathen singles to run out comfortable winners. Athletic are now only six points off the pace, but have three games in hand to potentially take the lead and knock Horsforth Fairweather off their perch.

Kippax Welfare Sunday’s poor run of form continued as they suffered their fourth straight defeat in the league, this time 2-0 at home to strugglers Old Ball. Goals from Karl Pearson and Joshua Foley were enough to seal the win for the visitors.

Daisy edged to a 3-2 win away to New Parnaby. Kyle Swithenbank, Craig Glossop were on the mark for the hosts, but it was not enough as Daisy scored through Shane Collins and a double from Kayne Hague, one of which went in direct from a corner.

Colton were too strong for Swillington Welfare, easing to a 3-1 win.

Ashley Bell, Richard Varley and Ben Clark struck for Colton while Kieran Turnbull scored a consolation for struggling Swillington.

Colton’s good form sees them move up to third, but promotion looks unlikely.

Ben Jones, left of Old Centralians and Matthew Martin of Swillington challenge.

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