Leeds Combination League: Two-goal Watts is too hot to handle

Match action from New White Hart v Pendas Arms. PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from New White Hart v Pendas Arms. PIC: Steve Riding
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JORDAN WATTS had New White Hart cooking on gas in Sunday’s 5-3 defeat of LUTY Cup quarter-final visitors Pendas Arms.

Watts has been posted to work in Scotland for employer British Gas but is continuing a weekend return to Yorkshire to play for his beloved Combination side. And his brace proved crucial in Sunday’s cup victory with the goal-getter only denied a hat-trick by atrocious conditions.

Watts thought he had bagged his treble, only for the ball to become stuck in a mudbath on the goalline and cleared by Pendas defender Jordan Riley. Also on target for New White Hart were Lee Nutton, Anthony Robertson and Aiden Judge. White Hart will play either Seacroft Green Sunday or Sky Bet in the semi-finals.

That game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on Sunday – as was the last eight clash between hosts Whitkirk Wanderers and New Ireland Wood. The eventual winners of that clash will play South Leeds Independents who were 2-1 winners at Gardners Arms XI. Goals from James Cunningham and Danny Bray saw them to victory with a Mark Adams strike failing to save the hosts.

Only a handful of other league games survived the wet weather with Kippax Welfare thrashing Division One visitors Colton 5-0.

Scott Westerman made it a joyful comeback, after over a month out of the starting line-up, by scoring a double, while Alex Batley, Russell Hodder and Nicholas Mooring were also among the goals. Kippax are hot on the tails of league-leaders Horsforth Fairweather with both sides now on 29 points. However Horsforth have played two games less than their rivals.

In the only other Division One game played, Waggon Athletic eventually coasted past a brave Engine side 5-3. Goals from Leon Daniels, Dominic Whyte, Steven Keeling were not enough to get any points for the visitors who remain sixth in the league. Third-placed Waggon have two games-in-hand on the league leaders and are just six points off the pace.

One game went ahead in Division Three between promotion hopefuls Garforth Villa and out-of-form Royal Park FC, with the former running out 5-0 winners.

Moved to Temple Newsham due to a waterlogged pitch, the scrappy conditions suited Royal Park who limited their opponents to long range shots until a defensive error gifted Garforth a 1-0 lead at half-time. Garforth then upped the ante after the interval - showing why they have only dropped eight points all season. Adam Wood bagged a brace while Jonpaul Sharp, John Potter, Matt Eaglan also scored.

Sunday’s Sanford Cup matches were all postponed.

Only four games survived in the Leeds Sunday League with three of them coming in the Championship. That division is now led by Halfway who romped to a 6-1 success at home to fourth-placed East Leeds Celtic.

Halfway’s Dale Hague, Lee Robinson and Scott Goodall all bagged braces with Steven Johnson getting the Celtic consolation. At the other end of the Championship table, there was a fourth point of the season for bottom club New Farnley who drew 2-2 with third-bottom visitors Western Juniors. Danny Cox and Bryan Henderson struck for Farnley with Jordan Rosendale at the double for Western.

Second-bottom Acorn (Bramley) took a 1-1 draw from their clash at third-placed Corpus Christi with Grant Lether and Stuart Scales the scorers respectively.

The Championship’s second-placed club Farsley Twenty Tens were in Group A Hope Cup action. They found Terry Pears Premier title-chasers Carnegie too hot to handle with the hosts recording a 3-1 success.

Sam Ward, Matt Grocott and Ryan Gill struck for Carnegie with Michael Lofthouse the Farsley scorer.

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