There was no international break in the Leeds Combination League, despite late calls for Richard Wheelhouse to be called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
There was just one fixture in the Jubilee Premier but HT Sports made up for the lack of games by scoring a glut of goals in a 12-0 romp at home to third-bottom New Armley.
Barry Frankland scored a double hat-trick while regular goal fiend Steve Palfrey ‘only’ managed a standard treble.
Lee Turner, Steve Wales and Dan Swift scored the other goals for HT who now sit in joint second place with Main Line Social and New Pudsey.
In the Premier Division, there was a battle of the East’s as East End Park hosted East Leeds Celtic in what turned out to be a goal frenzy. Second-bottom East End Park struck through Connor McIntyre but his strike was overshadowed by nine goals from East Leeds Celtic.
Kendie Hardisty, Adam Derradji, James Banner, Paul Hewson (3), Asaaf Rahman, Jack Twyford and Luke Rudd all scored for East Leeds who consolidated second place in the league with their 9-1 win. Rock-bottom Harehills arrested their slump in form with a barnstorming 6-2 win over Swillington Welfare. Ricky Smith (2), Chris Hart, David Allanson, Cameron Taylor and Craig Rhodes goals sealed Harehills first victory of the season.
Moortown Albion’s visit to Hunslet Club resulted in an enthralling 4-4 draw. Josh Stainthorpe and Liam Rennie-Jefferies stabbed home for Moortown whilst Ben Weir hit a brace. Hunslet hit back with goals from Mike Hall, Jake Francis and Carlton Binks (2). The stalemate keeps both marooned in mid-table mediocrity in sixth and seventh place respectively.
After losing their first seven games on the trot in Division 1, Northern Star displayed some of their form from last season as they smashed Sporting Pudsey 4-2. Kieran Dunn finished with a brace while Atal Habibi and Owen Callaghan rounded off the scoring for Northern.
Micky Brinn and Farris Emara scored the consolations for Sporting Pudsey.
Crown & Anchor were sunk on their visit to Commercial who ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Chris Jones, Kyle Jeffrey and James Hardisty. Michael Joyce scored for Crown & Anchor who remain in eighth place.
Division Two leaders Old Crooked Clock made heavy work of their fixture against bottom side Sporting Pudsey seconds, narrowly edging the encounter 3-2.
Jordy Cliffe and Liam Petit scored for Sporting Pudsey but Liam Mudd, Connor Charlton and Ben Milner sealed the three points for Crooked Clock.
Churwell’s hopes of catching Clock were dealt a blow in a 2-2 draw at home to struggling Headingley Rovers. Ash Wainwright and Lewis Fox scored for Churwell with Alex Burley and Mark Elgar grabbing the goals for Rovers.
Athletico Bramley remain the only side in Division Three with a 100 per cent record after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Elford.
It was men against boys in the clash between New Inn Whites and Bramley Amatuers with the Whites winning 8-2. The only highlight for Bramley was the two strikes from Liam Cooper and Mark Binns.
Armley Reserves ran out 3-2 winners over West Leeds on their own turf despite strikes from Paul Render and Tom Vare. That result was even more devastating for West Leeds when they found out that they had been leapfrogged at the bottom of the table by Republica Internationale who beat New Armley reserves 4-2.
Jack Smith, Liam Moran, Matt Booth and Waddah Alhasan scored for Republica, while strikes from Liam Cooper and Mark Binns put some gloss on a rubbish afternoon for New Armley.
HOPE INN WHITES will meet Leeds City Rovers in a clash of heavyweights in the Leeds & District FA Sunday Senior Cup semi-finals after Rovers rinsed visiting The Woodcock 10-0 in the quarter-finals, writes JOHN MCNAMARA.
Hope Inn, meanwhile, were awarded a home walkover against Whitkirk Wanderers, meaning the two sides with 100 per cent records in the Leeds Combination and Wharfedale Triangle top flights will clash in the semis.
Rovers, who were in the Combination League until last season, also have an FA Sunday Cup last 16 tie to look forward to at home to Sunderland Southwick on Sunday, December 9.
In the other Leeds & District FA Sunday Senior Cup quarter-finals, strikes from Jordan Heyes and Kurtis Heyes sealed a convincing 2-0 win for Rodley at home to rivals Bramley Town.
Rodley will next take on Main Line Social who edged a 4-3 success at New Pudsey for whom striker John Mallinson will no doubt be furious after finishing on the losing side despite scoring an impressive hat-trick.
Mallinson’s side were edged out by Main Line Social who continue to confound the critics with their early-season form. Bradley Francis-White was a happier hat-trick hero while Joe Hudson scored the decisive goal.
In the weekend’s Leeds & District FA Sunday District Cup quarter-finals, Oulton Athletic blitzed visiting Amaranth Athletic 8-1.
Phil Negelein continued his fine run of form for Oulton with yet another hat-trick. A Liam Atkinson brace and a Shaun Stead hat-trick rounded off the scoring for Oulton with Jack Harris netting the Amaranth consolation.
Oulton will now meet True Brit for whom Dan Ajibona and Jamie Halsall fired to a narrow 2-1 win away to Kirkstall Crusaders.
Temple AFC roared into the semi-finals with a 7-1 cruise at home to Western Juniors whose Karl Ferguson struck the solitary consolation.
Temple’s last-four opponents will be Acorn who won 3-0 at Pudsey Athletic – the goals coming from Mickie Fletcher, Lee Jowett and Chris Simpson.