Leeds Combination: Seacroft lay down a timely title marker

Jay Kitchen of Seacroft WMC is tackled by Grahham Bingley of Halton Moor
Jay Kitchen of Seacroft WMC is tackled by Grahham Bingley of Halton Moor
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UNBEATEN SEACROFT WMC signalled their clear Jubilee Premier title intent by condemning hosts Halton Moor to their first defeat of the season.

Up until Sunday’s tie, Danny Walsh’s Leeds Sunday League champions had yet to taste defeat since their smooth transition into the Combination League.

But goals from Ryan Robinson and Mark Hill wiped out Halton’s strike from Adam Ryder to give Seacroft a 2-1 victory that pulls them five points clear of Moor in third.

Both teams have two games in hand on leaders Chapeltown Fforde Grene who stayed three points ahead of Seacroft with a 5-1 success at home to a Belle Isle WMC side who drop to fifth.

Fforde saw a home Dom Noteman double supported by strikes from Joel Hughes, Craig Harding and Ashton Campbell.

Also in the title mix are fourth-placed HT Sports who were 4-3 winners at home to third-bottom Rothwell Town.

Barry Danby fired in a hat-trick for HT who also had Adam Fowler on target. Two goals from Chris Peat and one from Tom Carter failed to save the visitors.

Fourth-bottom AFC Morley moved nine points clear of the dropzone with a 2-1 success at home to second bottom Leeds City Rovers.

Efforts from Jovan Kioseff and Marc Haley gave Morley their fourth win of the season with Leon Gentles on target for Rovers.

Queenswood Crusaders produced a notable result in the Premier with a 3-0 success at home to former leaders Pudsey Liberal Club who drop to second. A double from Richard Stevenson was backed up by a James Hochstrasser strike to leave Crusaders third but only off top on goal difference – and with a game in hand.

Yeadon Veterans are now top after a 4-3 triumph against seventh-placed visitors Beeston St Anthony’s. Tom Waddle, Matthew Wood and Aaron Connor were all on target for the visitors but a home Craig Nicholls hat-trick plus a Michael James strike proved decisive.

Three points back in fourth are Main Line Social who romped to a 5-0 win at bottom club Great Northern Pudsey. Braces from Ian Drazcwich and Brad Francis-White were added to by a Ryan Maquade strike.

A point further back in fifth are AFC Horsforth who drew a 4-4 thriller at sixth-placed Pudsey Juniors Old Boys.

Pudsey struck through Dave Thornton with a brace plus Mark Foley and Johnny Routledge but efforts from Liam Dixon, Daniel Petty, David Ford and Harry Leigh gave Horsforth a point.

Elsewhere, third-bottom JB Celtic boosted their survival bid with a 3-2 success at second-bottom New Pudsey.

Home strikes from Ashley Forber and Jamie Nolan were meaningless as Jamie Nicholas, Matty Dalton and Luke Kitson all netted.

Division One’s leaders were also beaten as Horsforth Fairweather were felled 3-1 at third-placed title contenders Waggon Athletic.

Two goals from Danny Walker plus one from Russell England kept Waggon rolling with a Simon Parker penalty consoling the visitors.

Second-placed Daisy could also only draw 1-1 at third-bottom Manston Wanderers with a Tefara Macherenze strike not enough to give them victory.

With games in hand, fifth-placed Colton could yet have a title say and they saw off eighth-placed visitors Engine 5-2.

Goals from Mark Maloney and Anthony Wilson fail to prevent Engine from stalling.

Old Ball moved sixth with a 5-1 success at home to New Parnaby who drop to seventh while hosts Swillington Welfare were 2-1 victors in the clash of the bottom two against Oulton Athletic.

Oulton remain without a single point.

Aimi Beresford bagged a decisive brace for Brighouse in the 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers.

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