Leeds Combination league: Fforde into national last eight after taming Lyons

Jamie Bull in the Daisy goal tries to stop Barwick's Danny Maw. PIC: Steve Riding
Jamie Bull in the Daisy goal tries to stop Barwick's Danny Maw. PIC: Steve Riding
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BOSS Dave Harding is still pinching himself after Chapeltown Fforde Grene’s sensational 7-4 win against Hetton Lyons Cricket Club in the FA Sunday Cup, admitting: “I don’t think you’ll ever see the likes of it again.”

Leeds Combination League champions Fforde arrived at Spennymoor Town FC in the unusual guise as underdogs and found themselves 3-0 down with 35 minutes to go against the most successful team in the competition’s history.

But Fforde came roaring back to score seven unanswered goals as strikes from Dempsey Smith, Joel Hughes and Daniel Freeman forced extra time. Dan Sheriffe’s effort then put Fforde ahead for the first time before Smith and Hughes bagged their second goals and Chris Hitchings then put Fforde in seventh heaven before a demoralised Hetton Lyons were reduced to ten men.

Fforde will be back on their travels in the quarter-finals with a trip to Liverpool outfit Allerton awaiting on Sunday, February 15. It is likely it will take to at least them for the magnitude of Sunday’s sensational win to sink in. Harding admitted: “We’ve done comebacks before but this is a whole different criteria. I’d be surprised if Hetton Lyons recovered from it.

“It was unbelievable to come back from being 3-0 down - against Hetton Lyons - four time winners. They were billed as the world’s best Sunday team and the comeback shows you our character.”

At a different level, Belle Isle WMC also did the Combination League proud in the fourth round of the West Riding County FA Sunday Cup as visiting Thornton United were seen off 7-5. A Joe O’Neill hat-trick and Chris Ovington double was supported by a goal each from Tom Carter and Jordan Stafford for the hosts.

There was also a shock in the Jubilee Premier at Leeds City Rovers who upset Halton Moor 4-2. An Adam Bond double plus a goal each from Helmo Silva and Rob Holliday helped to seal victory.

Elsewhere, Barwick remain unbeaten in the Premier after a 3-1 success at Daisy but Beeston St Anthony’s were felled 3-2 at JB Celtic who notched through Danny Dalton, Steve Wells and a Graham Stockdale penalty against Steve Crawford and Daniel King strikes.

Horsforth Fairweather moved third with a 4-2 success at Waggon Athletic achieved through Dave Scott’s double plus goals from Ed Banham and Dave Shapland. Danny Walker and Nath Newton struck for Waggon. Hosts Pudsey Juniors Old Boys and Original Oak shared a 1-1 draw with Chris Mason and Jon Hart netting respectively.

But the weekend belonged to Fforde, who deservedly celebrated in style. Harding laughed: “After all the alcohol we had I was still walking a bit tentatively on Monday evening!”