The Sanford Cup quarter-finals took centre stage at the weekend, with all of the games going ahead as pitch conditions begin to improve, writes LOZ CONTRERAS.
In the pick of the ties, the two favourites for the competition, Chapeltown Fforde Grene and Seacroft WMC Athletic, went head-to-head, with the latter coming out 3-2 winners.
Ryan Robinson scored two while Jason Kitchen got another for Seacroft, while Dom Blair scored a brace for the Jubilee Premier leaders.
Queenswood Crusaders upset Pudsey Liberal Club 2-0 after strikes from James Hochstrasser and Chris Gibson, which will give them confidence to challenge their opponents to the league title as well.
HT Sports ended Leeds City Rovers’ impressive cup run after an emphatic 7-1 over the underdogs.
Andrew Richards goal was in vain as HT Sports romped to victory with hat-tricks from Sam Ackroyd, Ben Thornton, and a solitary goal from Steve Palfrey.
Beeston St Anthony’s Sundays’ run was easily ended by a strong performance from Halton Moor, who ran out 4-1 winners.
Beeston scored through and own-goal, but Halton’s Steven Copley, Mark Whittam, Liam Grimes, Eric Seed all scored to send them through to the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals Queenswood Crusaders will look to cause a big upset when they take on HT Sports, while Halton Moor are up against Seacroft WMC Athletic, the only team who have beaten them in the league all season.
In the Combination first division Horsforth Fairweather continued their dominance after they scraped past a tricky Colton side 2-1.
Ben Clark scored for Colton but it was not enough for a share of the points as the league leaders ran out eventual winners after a strike from James McCafferty and penalty from Jamie Francis.
Waggon Athletic kept the pressure on the league leaders after a surprisingly comfortable 3-0 win over a fourth-placed Daisy side.
A brace from Andy Wathen inspired the title challengers to victory, while Craig Tawton also scored.
Waggon Athletic, who have moved up a place into second, remain six points away from the top-spot, but have two games in-hand to close the gap on Horsforth Fairweather.
Engine have been sucked into the relegation battle after they were beaten at home by Swillington Welfare 2-1.
Ashley Gales scored a penalty for the hosts, but Kieran Turnbull and Kyle Andrew Addison-Foster both struck for Swillington.
Engine are in seventh but are amazingly only one-point from safety. New Parnaby stunned Kippax Welfare Sunday, strolling to a convincing 3-0 away win.
Jamie Davies bagged a brace for the winners, while a single goal from Richard Tebbut rounded off a fantastic performance for New Parnaby.
Kippax move down a place to third after Waggon Athletic’s victory. Manston Wanderers made the relegation battle very interesting after they beat rock-bottom Oulton Athletic 2-1.
A goal from Thomas Lee did not do enough for Oulton to get their first points of the season as Manston struck through Steve Pugh and Andy Mannion.
Following that success, Manston are now on 15 points, along with two other sides in the division, Swillington Welfare and Old Ball FC, the latter having a far inferior goal difference, which could be important come the end of the season.
With Engine losing this weekend as well, leaving them on 16 points, it makes the battle for survival in Division One incredibly close and impossible to call.