KIRKSTALL crusaders signalled a clear sign of Championship title intent with Sunday’s 8-2 romp at leaders West Leeds Wortley.
West Leeds remain top of the table but only by one point with Kirkstall poised perfectly in second with two games in hand.
Sunday’s success made it a perfect four wins from four for Crusaders for whom Connor Charlton blasted in a hat-trick.
Anthony Williamson added a brace for the visitors whose tally was completed by a goal each from Dan Smith, Martin Loveridge and Kyle Wilcock.
Sam Miller and Mitchell Davis struck for Wortley who were falling to their first league loss of the season.
East Leeds Celtic remain in third spot after their 5-1 win when visiting bottom club Western Juniors. Kendle Hardisty, Luke Rudd, Adam Wood, David Melnyczuk and Stephen Johnson all notched a goal each for Celtic with the Western response coming from Chris Evans.
And West Leeds Armley are fourth after coming away from a visit to neighbours AFC Woodcock with a narrow 2-1 victory with Kayne Hauge and Ryan McQuade scoring. Danny Alcock was the Woodcock marksman having been set up by Lee Robinson.
In the Terry Pears Premier, the recent good form of last season’s Champions Chapeltown Fforde Grene continued with a 6-0 away win over fourth-placed Harehills WMC. With nearest pursuers East End Park WMC held to a 1-1 draw at home to third-placed RXA Red Star, Fforde’s success stretched their lead to three points.
John Allanson led the way with a hat-trick for the Chapeltown side with other goals coming from Kane Blair, Kenan Bailey and Leon Ruddock.
Meanwhile, East End Park WMC and RXA Red shared a goal each at Skelton Road.
Paul Sykes notched the Park goal with Shane Anderson netting for the Star.
At the other end of the table, SB United had their first win of the season as a 4-3 success at home to Richmond Hill left their victims bottom of the pile.
SB clinched victory in dramatic fashion thanks to a last-minute winner with two goals from Matthew Buckley plus one each from Danny Stocks and Jamie Lee seeing them to all three points.
Richmond opened the scoring but were never again in front with their goals coming from Nathan Swires with a double and James Hardisty.
Owing to District Cup action there are only three league fixtures scheduled this weekend with SB United at home to second-placed East End Park WMC in the top flight. Bramley Villagers welcome AFC Woodcock in the Championship with Western Juniors at home to leaders West Leeds Wortley.