Leeds Combination: Topsy-turvy top flight take yet another twist

Chris Ovington of Belle Isle WMC.
Chris Ovington of Belle Isle WMC.
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PUDSEY LIBERAL CLUB are the new leaders of the Jubilee Premier after a 3-1 success at home to Belle Isle WMC knocked the visitors down to third.

An unpredictable Combination top flight took another twist as goals from Declan Forber, Shane Gaughan and Rob Nicholson sent the Libs top of the pile and one point clear of Hope Inn Whites who have two games in hand.

Hope Inn Whites still have a 100 per cent record and are ahead of Belle Isle WMC on goal difference with a Chris Ovington strike failing to save last year’s County Sunday Cup winners.

Whitkirk Wanderers moved second in the Premier with a close fought 2-1 victory over New Parnaby. The visitors’ goals came from Ash Hoddell and Kingsley Wetherald.

Swillington Welfare made it three wins out of three in Division One to keep up the pressure on league leaders Amaranth. Swillington produced a 6-3 victory over Garforth Sports & Social to move level on points with the leaders but just a place behind on goal difference. Their opponents meanwhile sit in ninth position with just one victory so far this season. The hosts’ goals came from M Marshall, D Waite, T Micklethwaite, D Jackson, D Matteson and K Turnbull.

Bedford Arms Wakefield produced back-to-back wins to move up to fifth in Division Two. They beat Commercial HQ 5-2 which saw them move above their opponents in the league. Jack Pearson bagged a brace for the hosts, with Danny Williams, Danny Brown and Tom Smith also hitting the back of the net.

Sporting Pudsey produced a fine away performance as they triumphed 5-1 at Royal Park Leeds. Omar Caines netted twice for the visitors, with Alex McNichol, Mike Tofton and Ste Kelsey grabbing a goal each. Saul Abbis netted Royal Park’s only goal.

FC Horsforth Saints thrashed Wortley Knights 10-2 to bounce back from last week’s 2-1 defeat against Halfway. Victory extended their lead at the top of Division Three above second-placed Moortown Albion. Jack Pennington grabbed a hat-trick for the visitors whilst Peter Darbyshire and Matthew Whiteley both bagged braces for Horsforth, alongside strikes from Richard Hall and Christopher.

A magnificent double hat-trick from Reece George saw Moortown Albion thrash Millshaw Park Rangers Reserves 9-3 to keep up the pressure on Horsforth. Adam Biddles and Pete Hill also netted for the hosts, whilst Jordan Fox, Jordan Smith and Robert Smith bagged Millshaw’s consolation goals. Barwick Stallions pulled off a narrow 4-3 victory over Yorkshire Black Rose thanks to goals from Peter Benn, Kieran Dunn and a brace from Gary Crossley.