Leeds Combination League: Steadfast HT Sports cut Kippax from cup

Harry Pickup, of Kippax, challenges HT Sports' Sam Ackroyd. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Harry Pickup, of Kippax, challenges HT Sports' Sam Ackroyd. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Goals from Steve Palfrey, Jason Davis and Lee Turner were enough to see HT Sports through to the fourth round of the Sanford Cup with a 3-1 win over Kippax.

Beechwood and Halfway House Bramley required penalties to decide who progressed in the LUTY Cup. The sides were two apiece at the end of the match but it was Beechwood who came out on top in the shootout, winning 5-4, securing their place in the fourth round.

Kippax's Liam Walton tackles Ben Thornton, of HT Sports, during Sunday's Sanford Cup encounter. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Kippax's Liam Walton tackles Ben Thornton, of HT Sports, during Sunday's Sanford Cup encounter. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Two doubles from Andy Thomas and Dan Adjibona eased New Moorside past Old Crooked Clock, 4-1, in the Mawson Cup and Jack Barker and Edwin Griffin were on the scoresheet as FC Armley beat Temple, 2-0. FC Armley and New Moorside are both in the fourth round of the tournament.

Main Line Social failed to bounce back from the previous weekend’s 3-2 defeat at home to Whitkirk Wanderers and suffered another loss by just one goal as Leeds City Rovers beat them 4-3 in the Jubilee Premier. Scott Carter’s brace proved to be the difference between the two sides as he added to Daniel Redfearn and Alhassane Keita’s goals for Leeds City Rovers. Adam Fowler, Alan Woodhouse and Joe Tasker were all on the scoresheet for Main Line, who will be overtaken by bottom-of-the-table Chapeltown Fforde Grene if they can earn any points from their five games in hand. The highly-anticipated match between the top two – Whitkirk and Hope Inn Whites – was postponed.

Horsforth Fairweather and AFC Leodis took advantage of New Pudsey’s cup commitments with a win each, propelling them both above Premier leaders New Pudsey. Fairweather are the new leaders, courtesy of a hat-trick from James Thorp and Rob Wilson’s goal that saw them beat East Leeds Celtic, 4-0.

AFC Leodis came out as 3-2 victors in a five-goal thriller away at Colton. Jonny Hadley, Anthony Booth and Glen Hewitt were the goalscorers for the visitors but Colton substitute Macaulay Walker struck late, adding to Ben Clark’s earlier goal, to give AFC Leodis an anxious last few minutes.

Ben Thornton (HT Sports) and Kippax's Ian Brown in Sanford Cup action. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Ben Thornton (HT Sports) and Kippax's Ian Brown in Sanford Cup action. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

They managed to hang on for the victory and are now one point behind new leaders Horsforth Fairweather, who they face next weekend.

The division’s bottom two – Swillington Welfare and Chapel Allerton – were also due to face each other but the match was postponed.

South Seacroft took some inspiration from Swansea’s midweek 8-1 drubbing of Notts County by inflicting a 7-1 defeat upon Oulton Athletic in Division One. Phil Negelein struck in the tenth minute for Oulton.

But their chances of winning soon evaporated with goals from Liam Gales, Macaulay Milburn, Daniel Thorp and Liam Sandford.

It was substitute Gary Crossley who stole the show, though, coming off the bench to provide an assist and score three goals of his own, leaving Harehills with the chance to leapfrog Oulton with their game in hand.

Braces from Mark Ferguson and Jack Pennington were to no avail for New Armley Blues as the floodgates opened for Bramley Town to score seven.

Elsewhere, Adam Shaw’s double earned FC Sporting Pudsey a 3-1 away win at lowly Horsforth Saints and The Woodcock replicated that scoreline away at Commercial HQ.

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len Goodman would have been impressed by Athletico Bramley’s performance against FC West Leeds in Division 3B, as they put seven past their opponents to reclaim top spot after Sporting Pudsey Reserves dropped points at home to unbeaten Kirkstall Crusaders Academy, writes JACK BRAIN.

Kirkstall held Sporting Pudsey to a thrilling 3-3 draw, with Jordy Cliffe (Sporting) and Taylor McKenna (Kirkstall) both grabbing two goals each.

Amaranth Athletic’s visit to Leeds Amateurs was more of a ransack than anything else. Star of the show Joseph Packer wasn’t travelling lightly with four goals in his back pocket. Edward Hanson (2), Liam Wilson and Jack Harris also contributed to Amaranth’s biggest win of the season. Meanwhile, Bramley Lions edged past AFC Elford, 2-1, and FC Crossgates claimed a routine 2-0 away win against Bramley Amateurs.

The two scheduled games in Division Two were postponed. Acorn were supposed to host league leaders Moortown Albion and Crown & Anchor were due to visit Hunslet Club as second took on third. Next weekend, Hunslet Club host lowly West Yorkshire Falcons and bottom side Western Juniors face a testing trip to Beechwood Sundays.

Two fixtures in Division 3A also failed to go ahead. Bardsey and Original Oak both looked to close the gap on leaders AFC Travellers as they faced eachother in another second versus third clash and AFC Travellers themselves had an away game against Northern Star postponed. In the games that did go ahead, Daniel Stillings and Rob Fenton bagged a brace each for FC West Leeds as they eased past Republica Internationale 4-1. Mahmoud Khdeir was on the scoresheet for Republica but it was nothing more than a consolation as they slipped down to tenth in the division.

Churwell Blues lifted themselves from eighth to fifth with a 2-0 win at Headingley Rovers, leapfrogging their opponents in the process.

There are four fixtures scheduled for this weekend, with leaders AFC Travellers hosting third-placed Original Oak and the two bottom sides, Old Crooked Clock and Pudsey Athletic, meeting.

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