Leeds Combination League: Pack takes one more bite out of Rovers’ lead

HT Sports' Graham Sides crosses the ball as Seacroft's Gavin Sellers closes in.
HT Sports' Graham Sides crosses the ball as Seacroft's Gavin Sellers closes in.
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LEEDS City Rovers’ lead at the top of the Jubilee Premier became ever more slender after suffering a shock 1-0 home defeat to sixth-placed Main Line Social. A Paul McMullen strike for the away side was enough to see Main Line take the points.

Elsewhere, a brace from James Thorp and another from Rob Wilson helped Horsforth Fairweather claim a point in their effort to beat the drop as they held mid-table JB Celtic to a 3-3 draw away. Goals for Celtic came courtesy of a brace from Andy Cooper and a Luke Kitson strike.

HT Sports piled on the pressure on the top as they edged past second-bottom Seacroft WMC away from home. Strikes from Palfrey and Irwin cancelled out Glenn Wood’s finish for Seacroft.

Jubilee Premier action concluded with a 2-2 draw between Hope Inn Whites and Chapeltown Fforde Grene. Chapeltown scorers Foggerty and Morton ensured they stay two points behind their opponents in fourth.

In the Premier, a brace from Dan Marcinkowsku and a goal from Bartoz Wisniewski confirmed a 3-2 away win at mid-table Chapeltown Fforde Grene Reserves for Harehills WMC. Harehills remain bottom but the win will help their survival chances.

Elsewhere, Kirkstall Crusaders maintained second spot with a 7-1 rout against East Leeds Celtic. Whitam and Wilcock, among the scorers for Crusaders.

Colton gained a 4-0 victory at home to fifth-placed Hunslet Parnaby. A Ben Clark brace along with efforts from O’Brien and Dyer ensured a comfortable outing for Colton.

Meanwhile, a brace from Scott and a Foster finish were not enough to prevent Swillington Welfare going down 4-3 away at second-bottom Garforth Sports and Social, and a Richard Jackson hat-trick helped Kippax Sundays to a 5-2 win, maintaining their lead at the top as they overcame West Leeds Wortley, who stay ninth.

In Division One, East Leeds strolled to a 12-1 win against rock-bottom Beechwood Sundays, Simon Daughty and Terry Palmer with hat-tricks. Pendas Arms maintained their lead at the top as Turner, Chrysantthou, Tempest and Riley settled a 4-3 scoreline against Hare & Hounds.

Elsewhere, Commercial HQ stay eighth after succumbing to a 3-0 home defeat to second placed Chapel Allerton, Freeman (2) and Martyn on the score sheet.

Second-bottom Oulton Athletic held third-placed New Pudsey to a 3-3 draw.

A brace from either side courtesy of Richardson and Thornton ensured the points were shared.

In Division Two, South Seacroft extended their lead at the top with an 8-1 thrashing to mid-table Halfway. West Leeds Armley maintained second spot as a Tate hat-trick helped them to a 9-2 win over ninth-placed Pudsey Athletic.

And a Whiteley strike edged a 1-0 win for FC Horsforth Saints over Sporting Pudsey.

Division 3A saw East End Park WMC edge past Amaranth Athletic thanks to a Cowlam hat-trick. Wortley Knights obliged 4-2 at Halfway House Bramley.

New Moorside comfortably saw off Original Oak 6-0, and the points were shared in the 2-2 draw between Old Hall Town and West Leeds Farnley. Finally, Republica Internationale beat AFC Travellers 2-1 at home.

In Division 3B, Bramley Villagers took the points after a 2-1 win at FC Retailers. Northern Star obliged 2-0 against Black Lion.

Three goals apiece saw West Leeds Bramley and Woodcock cancel each other out, and Temple succumbed to a 3-1 defeat away at Western Juniors.