Leeds Combination: Victorious high-fliers keep feet on the ground

Craig Harding blocks a shot from Barrie Franklin.
Craig Harding blocks a shot from Barrie Franklin.
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BOSS Lee Connor won’t get giddy in light of his HT Sports side condemning champions Chapeltown Fforde Grene to their first league loss of the season.

A double from Barry Franklin supported by a goal each from Ben Thornton and Sam Hewitt gave HT a 4-2 victory on Sunday, sending Connor’s side two points clear at the top of the Jubilee Premier.

The hosts even missed two penalties through Connor and Ben Thornton as a Dempsey Smith double was in vain for Fforde but HT’s manager’s feet are staying firmly grounded.

“It was a great result and we played well,” said Connor.

“But there’s a long way to go yet and some big games coming up.”

A further two points back in third are Halton Moor who were awarded a home walkover against second-bottom Queenswood Crusaders while fourth-placed Seacroft AFC enjoyed a 4-2 win at home to third-bottom Leeds City Rovers for whom strikes from Adam Bond and Scott Carter were in vain.

Seacroft visit HT this weekend while Fforde are at Rovers.

JB Celtic lit up Division One at the weekend as a 9-1 hammering of visiting Colton sent them second. Four goals from Michael Kelsey were supported by doubles from Matty Dalton and Steve Wells plus a Daniel King strike with a Mikey O’Brien consoling Colton.

With Barwick not in action, Horsforth Fairweather moved top with a 4-2 defeat of visiting Main Line Social thanks to a double from Dave Scott plus efforts from Liam McHale and Steve Skillern.

Elsewhere, goals from Patrick Courtney and Steve Crawford gave promotion-chasing Beeston St Anthony’s a 2-0 triumph at Daisy.

Whitkirk Wanderers moved three points clear at the top of Division One with a 6-1 romp at Engine who drop to third.

Joel Fisher, Jordan Walker, Oliver Mallinson, Ashley Hoddel, Lee McKenzie and Daniel Duree all notched for Whitkirk with Mark Adams the solitary Engine scorer. New Parnaby moved second with a 4-1 win at Commercial achieved through a Richard Wheelhouse double plus a goal each from Chris Storey and Jamie Davies.

New Pudsey sit fourth after obliging 6-2 at Seacroft thanks to an Ashley Forber double plus strikes from Tim Lane, James Allen, Jamie Nolan and Patrick Sutton. Wayne Woods and Barry Edwards struck for Seacroft.

A Shaun Longden winner gave Garforth Villa a 1-0 verdict at home to Swillington Welfare while Pendas Arms edged a 5-4 thriller at Waterintobeer. Braces from Jordan Riley and Paul Baker plus a David Turner strike settled the tie with Andy Vernon’s treble and an Andy Griffiths effort in vain for the hosts.