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Kirkstall Crusaders Academy did anything but cruise past FC West Leeds in the first round of the Mawson Cup, edging a six-goal thriller, 4-2, to set up a second-round clash with Pudsey Athletic.

Kirkstall had to rely on Jaden Richards coming off the bench to score a brace and give them a 4-2 win.

Whitkirk Wanderers' Luke Coates fires in a shot at Leeds City Rovers. PIC: Simon Hulme

Whitkirk Wanderers' Luke Coates fires in a shot at Leeds City Rovers. PIC: Simon Hulme

Whitkirk Wanderers Sunday leapfrogged Chapeltown Fforde Grene into third place on the ladder in the Jubilee Premier with a 4-2 away win against Leeds City Rovers.

Joe Stuart found the back of the net twice for the visitors and Ryan Harwood and Luke Coates added to Whitkirk Wanderers Sunday’s tally before Alhassane Keita and Nathan Craine both scored for Leeds City Rovers.

Their fightback, however, proved to be to no avail.

Whitkirk’s win means that just three points separate the top four in Jubilee Premier.

Whitkirk's Ryan Robinson is squeezed out by the Leeds City defence. PIC: Simon Hulme

Whitkirk's Ryan Robinson is squeezed out by the Leeds City defence. PIC: Simon Hulme

HT Sports will have the opportunity to move, at least temporarily, top of the league next weekend when they face bottom-of-the-league Kirkstall Crusaders, who have amassed four points from their opening six matches – nine fewer than HT Sports at the same stage. Elsewhere, JB Celtic host Kippax Sundays as both sides look to escape the obscurity of mid-table and join the ever-growing list of this season’s title challengers.

Horsforth Fairweather trounced East Leeds Celtic by a 4-1 scoreline in the Premier’s only game of the weekend.

Replicating the feats of Richards and Stuart, Gary Litvinov scored two of Horsforth Fairweather’s four goals, with James Thorp and George Lancaster getting the other two.

Kendle Hardisty, meanwhile, was the goalscorer for East Leeds Celtic. The result means that Horsforth Fairweather move into second position in the Premier and are four points adrift of league leaders New Pudsey.

Leeds City Rovers goalkeeper Paul Diamond beats Whitkirk's Ryan Harwood to the ball. PIC: Simon Hulme

Leeds City Rovers goalkeeper Paul Diamond beats Whitkirk's Ryan Harwood to the ball. PIC: Simon Hulme

The gap between Horsforth Fairweather and New Pudsey could be tightened next weekend with both sides in action.

New Pudsey welcome the visit of Colton, who could bring themselves into promotion contention by making use of their games in hand.

Swillington Welfare are the opponents of Horsforth Fairweather and could produce a shock given their inconsistent form so far this campaign.

South Seacroft maintained their unbeaten record in Division 1 with a less-than-convincing 2-1 victory against nine-man Horsforth Saints.

Michael Coverdale and Arron Sekhri both left the field as a result of committing offences worthy of a second booking, allowing South Seacroftto overturn Daniel Azzaro’s goal for Horsforth Saints.

Horsforth remain at the bottom of the table, while South Seacroft have opened up a nine-point gap at the summit.

A Nathan Chadwick hat-trick was enough to secure New Armley Blues a 5-2 win upon the visit of Halfway House Bramley.

Kurtis Heyes and substitute Joseph Batt were on the scoresheet for Halfway House Bramley.

Dion Robinson and Jack Pennington added to Chadwick’s goals treble for New Armley Blues.

Brian Edwards scored for Bramley Town. Edwards’ fine vein of form continued against Commercial HQ but his goal proved to be nothing but a consolation as Bramley Town fell to a 5-3 loss.

Kris Robson’s double added to Edwards’ effort but Tesfa Walton (2), Chris Jones, Joe St Juste and Kyle Jeffery were all goalscorers for Commercial HQ.

The weekend’s results means that just two measly points divide the second-placed team from the one in eighth, with the Combination League fast-approaching the season’s halfway stage.

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Liam Robinson’s brace helped Beachwood Sundays to a 3-0 win over West Yorkshire Falcons in Division 2’s only game.

Brandon Stansfield was also amongst the goals in that encounter as Beachwood Sundays returned to the top of the table and creating a two-point gap between themselves and Hunslet Club Sundays, who have two games in hand.

FC Western Juniors were set to take on East Leeds Reserves on Sunday but the fixture was postponed. Next weekend sees Beachwood Sundays face-off against Crown & Anchor, where the winner will finish the weekend at the top of the division. Old Hall Town will also play Moortown Albion.

Pudsey Athletic claimed a shock 4-3 victory away at Churwell Blues as they registered their first win of the season.

Stanford Bube’s hat-trick was not enough for Churwell Blues and was overturned by an Adam Cole double, Matthew Wood’s effort and an unfortunately-decisive own goal.

Pudsey Athletic remain at the foot of the table but are now within three points of closest competitors FC West Leeds.

Bardsey dominated Republica Internationale on their own turf, finishing the match with a 7-1 scoreline in their favour. Jordan Deacey and Joe Gunby both scored twice for Bardsey as they looked to close the gap to league leaders AFC Travellers.

AFC Travellers, though, managed to maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the table, courtesy of a hard-fought 3-2 win against Headingley Rovers where substitute Christopher bagged the eventual winner.

The division’s other match-up saw Old Crooked Clock strike twice in comparison to FC Armley’s six-goal haul, leaving the former lingering dangerously close to the bottom of the table.

A battle between the two teams struggling at the bottom of the division saw Bramley Amateurs leave FC Armley Reserves six points adrift of anyone else as they ended the match on the right end of a 5-3 scoreline.

James Lewsley was the hero for Bramley, claiming three of their five goals.

Elsewhere, FC Elford beat fellow strugglers Amaranth Athletic, 3-0, and FC Crossgates took all three points against FC West Leeds Reserves by the same scoreline.

Steve Wales shoots for Gildersome Spurs past Leeds Medics Res defender Joe Timpson. PIC: Steve Riding

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