Leeds Summer League: Wortley celebrate third trophy in just six months

West Leeds Wortley winners of the Leeds Sunday League Summer League. PIC: Steve Riding
West Leeds Wortley winners of the Leeds Sunday League Summer League. PIC: Steve Riding
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BOSS Richard Moorby is celebrating a perfect first season of the Leeds Summer League in which his West Leeds Wortley side have secured a glorious treble.

Having already finished top of the league, West Leeds Wortley saw off Horsforth Fairweather 6-3 in Sunday’s play-off final held at Otley Town FC.

Mark Ferguson and Liam Copland both bagged doubles, supported by a goal each from Josh Summers and Jordan Webb for the team that finished runners-up in the regular Leeds Sunday League and also won the President’s Cup.

And the successful last year has been particularly memorable for Moorby who created the west Leeds brand incorporating Wortley, Armley, Farnley, Bramley and a ladies side, and also co-created the first-ever Leeds Summer League.

“No words can describe the pride I’m feeling right now,” said Moorby.

“Three trophies in six months from a small squad means it is time to celebrate what is an unbelievable achievement.”

Saturday also saw the West Yorkshire League season get up and running, with champions Beeston St Anthony’s beginning the defence of their crown with a last-gasp 4-3 success at Sherburn White Rose.

Beeston’s Premier Division opener looked destined to end in a draw after Saints strikes from Liam Moore, Paul McMullen and an own goal but Adam Fowler came off the bench to snatch all three points in the last minute.

Six teams picked up opening day victories in the top flight with last season’s bridesmaids Carlton Athletic beginning with a 4-2 success at Headingley.

Carlton’s Reece Fennell, Matthew Jackson, Scott Hargreaves and Kris Robertshaw all bagged a goal apiece to put Athletic joint top with Horbury Town on goal difference. Horbury beat visiting Shelley 4-2.

Former champions Field began with a three-point haul as hosts Hunslet Club were chinned 2-1.

Oxenhope Recreation were also opening-day winners as visiting Knaresborough Town were beaten 2-1 while Ilkley Town edged a 1-0 verdict at Wetherby Athletic.

Leeds City had to settle for an opening-day 1-1 draw at home to Brighouse Old Boys for whom a strike from Luke Johnson earned a point.

Honours were also even at Robin Hood Athletic where Pool bagged a 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Thomas Fleming and Nicholas Hewitt.

Kippax are the early leaders of Division One after winning 6-1 at Leeds Modernians while new boys Rawdon Old Boys made an immediate impression in Division Two by annihilating visiting Middleton Park 10-0.

The County Amateur League programme also began on Saturday with Campion early leaders of the Premier after a 3-0 triumph at DRAM Community.

A full programme of action takes place on Wednesday evening.