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Josh Simpson scores for Acorn(Bramley) from the penalty spot past Northern Star goalkeeper Tony Dyer. PIC: Steve Riding
Josh Simpson scores for Acorn(Bramley) from the penalty spot past Northern Star goalkeeper Tony Dyer. PIC: Steve Riding
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Swillington Welfare bounced back from their crushing defeat last weekend with a commanding 3-0 win at home to Oulton Athletic, writes Tom Harle.

After an agonising 7-6 loss at FC Broadway last time out, Welfare went top of the Division One with goals from Waite, Woolley and Scott.

This was at the expense of New Pudsey, unbeaten, but not in action this Sunday.

Broadway themselves made it back-to-back victories with a 4-1 defeat of KKS Zubry.

Luke Boyes, who helped himself to five goals in the Swillington success, doubled up while Az Myers and Mark Gunj also got on the scoresheet in the game at Cross Flatts. Broadway climbed to seventh at Oulton’s expense.

In Division Two, Waterintobeer leapfrogged Beechwood Sundays – the team to beat who had cup commitments – into top spot with a comprehensive 6-0 win at FC West Leeds that featured five goals from Andy Vernon.

Elsewhere, East Leeds are now unbeaten in five after they beat Commercial HQ 4-2.

In an entertaining game at Ellerby Lane, East’s goals were shared around evenly between Paul Cuthbertson, Jordan Stocks, Nicholas McGreavy and Tom Dent.

In the division’s other game, Royal Park Leeds inflicted a first reverse of the season on Brick in a surprise 5-3 win. Braces from Jamie Halsall and Brendan Muntren, added to a strike from Loz Contreas, saw Royal Park climb to seventh but they must be wary as sides beneath them have games in hand.

There was practically a full fixture card in the bottom tier, led by a thrilling 3-3 draw between top two teams Moortown Albion and FC Horsfoth Saints.

Cramner Bank was silenced when the visiting Saints surged into a 3-2 lead with goals from Pennington, Darbyshire and Whiteley.

Just as their 100 per cent record looked to have been shattered, Ste Kay’s last-minute equaliser sent Albion into raptures and saw them keep hold of top spot by the skin of their teeth.

Third-placed Barwick Stallions piled misery on basement boys AFC Elford with a 10-0 win, Meanwhile, Northern Star were condemned to their third defeat on the trot by Acorn, whose in-form hitman James Murphy bagged a hat-trick in a 6-2 triumph. The other goals in the winning cause came from Sam Jennings and Josh Simpson, who scored twice. There were also wins for Republica Internationale and Wortley Knights.

The Sanford Cup continues next Sunday, as Jubilee Premier leaders Pudsey Liberal Club face a tricky tie against newly-promoted third tier outfit Leodis United.

In the Premier, table-toppers Mainline Social host table-proppers Hare & Hounds. In Division One, KKS Zubry, searching for consistency, face Amaranth Sundays and New Pudsey play Garfoth Sports and Social, who have lost their last four.

The only game in Division Two is an intriguing one nonetheless, as high-flying Waterintobeer, clearly fallable after their recent defeat to Royal Park, face another stumbling block as AFC Travellers come to visit.

In the bottom tier, AFC Elford face Wortley Knights, while Temple play Moortown Albion and West Leeds Reserves host International Republica.

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The Terry Pears Premier Division leaders Chapeltown Fforde Grene increased their lead at the top of the table thanks to a 5-2 win over visiting RXA Red Star.

Kieran Goodison led the way with a hat-trick to go with goals from Rhys Goodison and Chris Lowe.

The Red Star reply came via goals from Leon Gentles and Shane Anderson.

Harehills WMC were well in command when visiting Elland-based SB United and a Ricky Smith hat-trick set them up for a 6-0 victory with Karl Young, Bradley Proctor and Nils Linstrum also netting.

East Leeds Celtic moved up into third spot in the Championship Division thanks to a 8-4 away win over Bramley Villager. 3-0 up at half-time East Leeds were never really troubled.

Joe Phillips was in hat-trick form for the winners with their other goals coming from Adam Wood (2), Luke Rudd, Lee Johnson and James Banner.

The Villager’s men on target were Sam Brook (2), Phil Robson and Matthew Lofthouse.

West Leeds Armley were another side running out 6-0 winners, this at home against Halfway House Bramley.

Joe Matthews and Craig Mullaney both netted twice to go with goals from Stephen White and Steven Quinn.

The clash of the bottom two sides went the way of Western Juniors who gained their first win of the season to move off the foot of the table and go above The Woodcock. 4-0 up at half-time through goals from Jay Harding (2), Danny Lee and Andrew Fryer, Western looked on for a comfortable victory.

But The Woodcock hit back with three second-half goals from Chris Ward, Luke Henderson and a Dylan Place penalty to leave Western hanging on for the three points.