Leeds Combination League: Seacroft bowling towards title after latest Lawns Lane win

Leeds Combination League action from Commercial HQ v Beechwood. PIC: Steve Riding
Leeds Combination League action from Commercial HQ v Beechwood. PIC: Steve Riding
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Seacroft WMC took a giant step towards sealing the Jubilee Premier title with Sunday’s 3-2 success against HT Sports at Lawns Lane.

Scott Jones has had a terrific season in front of goal and his brace on Sunday, along with Mark Hill’s strike, took Seacroft three points clear of second-placed Hope Inn Whites at the summit. Seacroft also have a much better goal difference than nearest rivals Hope Inn Whites with a game to play.

They have now won their last 14 games in all competitions and finish the season with a triple-header against Leeds City Rovers, including Leeds FA and Sanford Cup finals against the same opposition.

Second-placed Hope Inn Whites have one game left to play with fourth-placed Pudsey Liberal Club the visitors this weekend.

The equation is simple for JB Celtic in the Premier Division title race- win their last three games and they are champions.

JB look to have secured a top two spot alongside Main Line Social thanks to their 4-2 defeat of Whitkirk Wanderers Sunday at Selby Road.

Wanderers scored through Reece Kay and Oliver Mallinson, but goals from Andy Campbell, who netted twice, Joe Campbell and James French saw the visitors to three points.

Badri’s slim chance of promotion was kept alive with a 6-1 win over New Parnaby, for whom Richard Wheelhouse got a consolation. They will have to win their final game of the season against Whitkirk to have any hope of going up, although if JB Celtic take maximum points from one of their remaining three fixtures this hope will be extinguished.

There were walkovers for Colton against AFC Bramley and for South Leeds Independents at Queenswood Crusaders.

This means that South Leeds need just one point from their remaining two games to secure survival and condemn New Parnaby to relegation from the second tier.

In Division One, Amaranth Sundays could still have a say in who goes up after they beat Garforth Sports & Social 2-1 at Manston Lane.

Goals from Dave Turner and Robert Holt took Amaranth to their sixth successive victory and despite being a point behind Swillington having played a game more, their meeting with top-of-the-table Kippax Band Club next weekend could prove crucial.

In the league’s other game, Oulton Athletic took a point against Chapel Allerton with goals from Tom Lee, Dan Rose and Dan Nunns in a 3-3 draw.

With both promotion spots from Division Two wrapped up, attention turns to the fight for survival which is now out of AFC Travellers’ hands.

Their 6-3 defeat to East Leeds AFC now means they are reliant on other results to stay up. East Leeds shared the goals out evenly at Western Flatts, with goals from Paul Cuthbertson, Scott Donachie, Simon Doughty, Rickie Page, Craig Cuthbertson and Adam Kerrigan.

Gordon Booth and Daniel Flesher netted for Travellers.

Sporting Pudsey took control of their destiny with a 4-4 draw at Millshaw Park Rangers. Isaac Denny’s treble wasn’t enough for the visitors, as Pudsey notched through Matthew Good, Adam Shaw, Ryan Edwards and Jamie McGougan.

Champions elect Beechwood Sundays beat Commercial HQ 4-0 and elsewhere, Corpus Christi defeated Waterintobeer 4-3 thanks to braces from Phil Jarvis and Liam Atwood.

A 4-1 home defeat by Yorkshire Black Rose dealt a setback to Halfway’s promotion challenge. Two goals from Charlie Mills and strikes from Bradley Johnson and Diego Cervantes means that Halfway need to win their final game to guarantee going up.

Northern Star racked up the goals against Temple, winning 8-3. There was a hat-trick for Kieron Dieghan, braces for Ryan Smith and Danny Jones and a goal for Stuart Brown. Temple’s strikes were from Guarav Pugal and Calum Drysdale.

FC West Leeds Guiseley (Reserves) beat Republica Internationale 5-1 thanks to Andy Serotsky’s treble and two from Rick Woollin, while Wortley Knights and Acorn (Bramley) couldn’t be seperate in a 3-3 draw.

Graham Major scored two of Acorn’s goals and Josh Simpson got the other, while Mark Binns, Liam Cooper and Chris Moore got Wortley’s.