Leeds Sunday League: Struggling Western turn tables on leaders in cup

Ashley Anderson whips in a cross for RXA Red Star in a 3-2 win over Richmond Hill.
Ashley Anderson whips in a cross for RXA Red Star in a 3-2 win over Richmond Hill.
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In a weekend dominated by Cup action, it was Championship side Western Juniors who took the headlines with a spirited performance in a 2-0 defeat at Chapeltown Fforde Grene Sunday.

This Hope Members’ Cup tie brought together Fforde, the hosts, who are sitting at the top of the Premier Division after winning four of their six top -tier fixtures this season, and the second tier’s only winless side, Juniors, who have conceded 41 goals, picked up just one point and sit firmly at the foot of the the Championship table after losing their last six league games.

The writing looked to be on the wall ahead of kick off with Chapeltown 7-0 winners at Hare and Hounds the week before, while Sunday’s visitors lost 10-2 at home to West Leeds Wortley.

Chapeltown’s record 14-0 win, at Richmond Hill earlier this month looked all set to be broken, but, despite the eventual outcome, courtesy of a Kieron Goodison brace, Western took all the plaudits.

And they will now be looking for their first win of the campaign when they welcome The Woodcock to Osmondthorpe Rec on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the Members’ Cup, top-flight Harehills battled to seal their progress to the next round with a hard-fought 2-1 win against second division Kirkstall Crusaders.

Ricky Smith gave the home side a half-time lead before Krystian Jaworski made it 2-0. Martin Loveridge’s penalty reduced the arrears, but Harehills hung on for the win.

Meanwhile, SB United’s home tie with West Leeds Wortley was postponed, as HT Sports demolished East End Park 13-0 in a delayed Leeds FA Sunday Cup tie.

The weekend’s only Terry Pears Premier fixture saw Shane Anderson score a hat-trick, including a last-minute winner, as RXA Red Star overcame Richmond Hill 3-2 on home turf.

Richmond’s goals came from James Hardisty and a debut score for James Cowlam.

The Championship’s only League clash brought together Halfway House Bramley and The Woodcock, hosts Halfway House coming out on top 2-1 thanks Alex Waters and Enxhi Merdani.

Goals in response included a Lee Robinson effort, assisted by Luke Henderson.

An all-Championship Members’ Cup tie rounded off the weekend’s action as East Leeds Celtic travelled to and overcame West Leeds Armley, 3-2.

It proved to be a tight encounter at Armley Park, but Celtic’s Joe Phillips led the way with a brace while Dale Venables also on the scoresheet, meaning home goals from Craig Mullaney and Joe Matthews meant little when the referee blew the final whistle.