HT Sports are heading for another County Cup final with dreams of a cup treble and possible quadruple still firmly alive.
HT tackled Wakefield Sunday League big guns King George in Friday’s semi-final at Woodlesford and it was King George who took the lead.
After a goalless first half, substitute Alan Gilbert forced the ball over the line following a left flank corner from Daniel Critchlow. King George and Critchlow in particular then missed a glut of golden opportunities and HT clawed their way into the match with a tremendous close range strike from Barrie Danby to force the game into extra time.
The New Farnley outfit then bagged a dramatic winner through substitute Adam Fowler. A late rally from King George saw them almost force the match into a penalty shootout with Neil Samardzija hooking his late chance past the keeper.
HT were then jubilant in the Jubilee Premier just two days later as fellow title hopefuls Seacroft WMC Athletic were hammered 7-2.
Player manager Lee Connor was at the double with strikes from Dave Dennison, Sam Hewitt, Barrie Frankland, Steve Palfrey and an own goal putting HT in seventh heaven. HT now visit another side chasing the title – Halton Moor – tomorrow evening.
Elsewhere, Horsforth Fairweather were finally crowned champions of Division One after Waggon Athletic’s late title assault ended with a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Manston Wanderers.
Danny Walker maintained his recent good form for Waggon, bagging a brace for the home side for the third time in the last four games, but Adam Haigh, David Pugh and Tony Cuthbertson – from the half-way line – each scored to give Manston a surprising victory. Back-to-back defeats for Waggon means they need one win from their final two games to seal promotion.
Swillington Welfare went down at home in a bizarre match which resulted in a 9-3 win for New Parnaby. Kieran Turnbull, Kyle Andrew Addison-Foster and Daniel Taylor scored for the relegation battlers, but a hat-trick from Kyle Swithenbank and braces from Ryan Ellis, Jamie Davies and Craig Glossop helped New Parnaby stroll to victory.
Old Ball almost certainly secured safety after winning 4-2 at cup winners Daisy. Nathan Chadwick bagged a brace for Daisy but Old Ball netted through a Paul Geddes double along with goals from Mark Birks and Chris Claughton. Daisy were celebrating earlier in the week when winning the Leeds And District FA Sunday District Cup after a 2-0 win against Manston Wanderers at Bracken Edge.
The race for second spot in the Premier is hotting up with three sides fighting it out for that coveted promotion spot.
Yeadon Veterans thrashed relegated New Pudsey 7-1. Patrick Sutton’s goal counted for nothing for New Pudsey, as a Craig Nichols hat-trick inspired Yeadon who also scored through a Lee Poole double and singles from Andy Scatchard and Lewis Higgins.
Queenswood Crusaders eased past Great Northern Pudsey 5-0, relegating their counterparts in the process. Danny Redfearn hit a clinical hat-trick, while Jayden Armstrong and Richard Stephenson also netted. Main Line Social were awarded a walkover at JB Celtic to keep their slim promotion chances alive.
The game of the weekend saw eight goals shared as Pudsey Juniors Old Boys and Beeston St Anthony’s played out a 4-4 draw. Dave Thornton bagged a brace for Juniors, who also struck through Chris Mason and Daniel Cawkwell, but Graham Stockdale took the plaudits with a superb hat-trick, which Thomas Kaye added to with a penalty.