Leeds Combination League: Relegation fears still exist for Main Line despite away win

Leeds Combination League Premier Division action between Harehills WMC and East Leeds Celtic.
Leeds Combination League Premier Division action between Harehills WMC and East Leeds Celtic.
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Main line Social eased their relegation fears slightly after coming out on top away from home at rock-bottom Horsforth Fairweather in their Jubilee Premier relegation six-pointer.

Goals from Sean Jeavons, Tony Garth and Adam Fowler ensured Main Line took the points home with them, creating a four-point gap between themselves and Horsforth, albeit having played a game more.

Dave Howarth grabbed a goal for the home side to make the 3-1 scoreline respectable. However, winless Horsforth have a lot of work to do in their mission to beat the drop this season.

In the Premier, strikes from Jamie Davis and Sammy Lindsay proved to be in vain for fifth-placed Hunslet Parnaby as they went down to a shock 3-2 defeat away at Garforth Sports and Social, the win taking Garforth off the bottom spot.

Third-placed East Leeds Celtic continued their run of good form with a 2-0 victory at bottom side Harehills WMC, while Matthew Wheeldon and Luke Wilson helped West Leeds Wortley to their third win of the season, seeing off eighth-placed FC Broadway, narrowing the gap between the two clubs to just three points.

In Division One, there were goals aplenty in an enthralling clash between the top two teams. Pendas Arms travelled to second-placed New Pudsey knowing a win would see them three points clear at the top.

New Pudsey knew avoiding defeat would put them in a very healthy position at the top of the league. Braces from Dave Turner and Kallum Long, and a goal from Phil Chryssanthou for Pendas Arms sealed an exciting 5-4 victory for the away side. A James Allan hat-trick and a goal from Ashley Forber were not enough to prevent Pendas taking the points. Elsewhere, a solitary strike from Dave Martyn could not prevent Chapel Allerton tasting defeat at home to third-placed Hair & Hounds.

The 4-1 loss leaves Chapel Allerton fifth. Commercial HQ edged a tight encounter 2-1 away at the leagues bottom club, East Leeds. Goals from Chris Jones and Paul Simon cancelled out a Paul Cuthbertson finish to lift Commercial to eighth.

In Division Two, four goals from Elliot Heeds helped Halfway to and 8-0 thrashing away to struggling second-bottom AFC Telford. Danny Broadhead, Scott Goodhall and Dale Hague-Fisher (2) also found the net for sixth-placed Halfway.

Elsewhere, FC West Leeds found themselves at the wrong end of a heavy 5-1 home defeat at the hands of eight-placed West Yorkshire Falcons, who helped themselves to their third win of the campaign. Concluding the action in Division Two, league leaders South Seacroft saw off plucky Acorn (Bramley) 5-3 at home. A brace from Danny Thorpe, and goals from Crossley, Johnson and Hunter were enough to cancel out replies from Simpson, Gittings and Fletcher for the away side.

Division 3A saw a brace from Paul Barrett decide the game between seventh-placed AFC Travellers at home to bottom side Original Oak. Defeat for Oak means they are still to pick up a point after nine games.

Goals from Lee, Adjibona and Liburd helped New Moorside hold fourth-placed West Leeds Farnley to a 3-3 draw, and Republica Internationale suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat at home to East End Park WMC. East End scorers Dix, Callaghan and Baker cancelled out a Hamaway strike and a Lundy penalty for the home side.


JB CELTIC blasted their way into the West Riding County FA Sunday Cup last 16 with a 10-1 hammering of visiting Bolton Woods.

Richie Banks and Andy Copper both bagged hat-tricks for Celtic with those trebles supported by strike from John Mallinson, Luke Kitson, Andy Campbell and Adan Jesusko.

Celtic will welcome either Lee Mount or Showbiz Whites in the next round on Sunday, January 8.

HT Sports also booked a place in the last 16 with a 4-1 triumph at Heavy Woollen League side Birstall.

Baz Frankland’s double was supported by a goal each from Jason Davis and Ash Crooks.

HT will now welcome Wakefield Sunday League side King George who ousted Combination League visitors Leeds City Rovers 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

A normal time strike from Nick Clarke plus a King George own goal took Rovers to spot kicks.

Chapeltown Fforde Grene exited the competition after a 5-2 loss at Halifax Hammers.

Strikes from Roy Foggerty and Dom Blair were in vain for Fforde as Hammers set up a last 16 date at Carrington.

But Colton moved through a with a 5-3 win on penalties at home to Swaine Green after a 4-4 draw.

Colton will now visit Heavy Woollen League side Woodkirk Valley who progressed with a 4-2 success at home to Ventus United.

From the Castleford Sunday League, AFC Cutsyke enjoyed a 3-2 win at Keighley Athletic to set up a last 16 tie at home to either Hope Inn Whites or Ferrybridge Progressive WMC.

Heavy Woollen League champions St John Fisher Old Boys were warded a home walkover from their clash at home Heckmondwike Sports Club and a clash at home to Wellington Westgate or Lyceum awaits in the next round.

The remaining last 16 games will see West Bowling visit either Oakenshaw or Beehive and Crosskeys, with Olympic also welcoming Sandy Lane.

Several Leeds Combination League sides were in action in the Sunday Trophy, with Kirkstall Crusaders edging out visiting Station Hotel 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

James Burgess was the normal-time scorer for Kirkstall.

But Millshaw Park Rangers saw their memorable run come to an end after a 3-1 loss at Heaton Athletic after a 2-2 draw.

Millshaw strikes from Scott Carter and Adam Jarrett took the game to spot kicks.

Pudsey Athletic also lost 5-1 at home to Hounds with Luke Clifford getting a home consolation while Swillington Welfare were beaten 5-1 at Sabille Arms. Kippax Sundays were beaten 4-2 on penalties at home to Steel Bangle Spartans

But Halton scorched to a 5-1 success at Clifton Rangers A while Claro League outfit Kirk Deighton Rangers enjoyed a 7-1 triumph at hosts Scholes Athletic.

Claro side Atlanta also savoured a 3-1 success at Hambleton while Old Ball obliged 4-2 at Westgate 23.

But Burton Leonard were beaten 3-1 at Peacock.

Heavy Woollen League side FC Slip Inn Hounds barked the orders in a 8-0 win at Shepherds Arms.

Meanwhile, Savile Arms enjoyed a 5-1 success at home to Swillington Welfare in the same competition.

Castleford Sunday League Division One leaders Redhill Sports & Social were 2-1 winners on home turf to Wrose Bull.

Elsewhere, Linthwaite hammered visiting Old Pond 11-0 while Waiters Arms were 2-0 winners at home to Salts

Steel Bangle Spartans obliged 4-2 on penalties at Kippax after a 1-1 draw while Hounds went in 5-1 at Pudsey Athletic.

Shipley Town beat visiting Whitwood Metrostars 3-2.


Mirfield Town climbed to second place in the Heavy Woollen League Premier Division after demolishing Birkenshaw 11-2.

Michael Rounding and Adam Brown both hit hat-tricks for Town with Oliver Rounding (2), Thomas Doran, Niall Raymond and Chris Meeson completing the tally. Nathan Foster scored twice for Birkenshaw who lie second-bottom.

AFC Chickenley climbed out of the dropzone as they won 4-1 at Woodman Batley Carr. Sean Housecroft bagged a brace for Chickenley, who had Shaun McDaid and David O’Keefe also on the score sheet. Greg Snowdon hit Woodman’s consolation.

In the Championship, Hanging Heaton Cricket Club took an early lead at Overthorpe Sports Club but the home side hit back through doubles from Lee Brook and Elliot Brooke plus strikes from Sam Sweeney and Kristian Angus to win 6-1.

Clifton Rangers won 4-1 at Battyeford to move up to third, despite Nigel Saddington’s goal for the hosts. The Yorkshireman won 1-0 against fellow strugglers St John Fisher Reserves.

In Division One, Roberttown Rovers moved up to third place with a 9-0 win over St Ignatius to move up to third place.

FC Liversedge won 2-1 against Deighton WMC whilst Ravenswharfe enjoyed a 2-1 win at Old Bank WMC.

Wire Works continue to lead the way in Division Two after Jordan Greig, Steven Massey and Simon Pell all netted in a 3-0 win over bottom side Wike Horse.

Level on points at the top are Overthorpe Sports Club Reserves who won 6-4 at home to Snowdon.

Dewsbury United had a hat-trick from Tom Lund plus strikes from Danny Laidlaw and Connor Wilson to thank for a 5-2 win against Linthwaite Reserves who replied through a Clayton Phillips double.

Only one game was played in the Castleford Sunday League top flight, with Upton Wrangbrook enjoying a 4-1 win at home to second-bottom Pontefract Sports & Social to move three points clear the top.

Mark Lynch and Marvin Buckley both bagged doubles for the hosts while Matthew Clayton struck for Ponte.

In Division One, fourth-placed Pontefract & Castleford United enjoyed a 3-2 success at home to fifth-placed AFC Bass House thanks to a Mick Callister double and Rikki Banks strike.

Tom Baker and Gary Norfolk notched for Bass House.

Third-bottom hosts Townville Allstars and second-bottom Halfpenny Lane also shared a goalless draw.

In Wharfedale Triangle League highlights, Leeds-based Sky Bet moved five points clear at the top of the Premier with a 6-1 romp at Salts.

In Division One of the Claro League, leaders Sherwood romped to a 9-0 win at second-placed Markington.