BOSS Dave Harding insists the league remains Chapeltown Fforde Grene’s bread and butter in spite of Sunday’s 14-1 demolition of Manston Wanderers in the County Sunday Cup.
Fforde have unfinished business after losing the 2013 final to HT Sports in extra-time and their weekend first-round assignment was one-way traffic. Dom Blair and Dan Sherriffe both notched four timers for the Leeds Combination League champions whose Caldon Henson added a brace. A goal apiece was added by Dom Noteman, Chris Hitchins, Kaydon Fishley and Tenque Fishley with a Tony Cuthbertson strike of little use to the visitors.
Fforde must be seen as among the favourites for the competition but Harding - who has replaced brother Phil as manager – says winning the Leeds Combination League for a third successive year is the number one goal.
“We’re obviously trying and we’ve got the squad to go for everything,” said Harding.
“We’d love to win the County Cup but it’s on the day and you could get to the quarter finals and suddenly be knocked out. We’ll take it round by round but truthfully we’d love to win the league for a third year in a row.”
Fforde’s Combination League rivals and cup holders HT Sports were awarded an away walkover from their tie at Bradford outfit Cuedos Rangers. Boss Lee Connor said: “We were told on Wednesday they didn’t want to play us. It was bizarre.”
Combination League outfit Seacroft AFC also had their shooting boots on as they walloped visiting Bradshaw 10-2. Lee Mitchell, Mike Elliott and Macauley Milburn all bagged doubles with Liam Robinson, Mark Hill and Leslie Nelson adding a goal apiece.
And Halton Moor signalled their County Cup intentions with a 7-1 romp at Leeds Sunday League side Halfway House.
Ste Copley’s hat-trick was supported by a Paulie Graham brace plus strikes from Glen Wood and Mark Wittim but Halton Moor boss Danny Walsh is not getting carried away.
“It’s one game at a time!” he said. “And the league comes first.”
The Combination’s Queenswood Crusaders eased through with a 5-2 win at home to Beldon Sports. James Hochstrasser’s four-goal haul was supported by a James Burgess strike. Belle Isle WMC also overcame visiting Hollins Home 2-1 but top flight Combination outfit Leeds City Rovers were dumped out 6-1 at Claro League side Harrogate CSC. Fellow Claro League side Showbiz Whites also edged out visiting Sporting Pudsey in a 9-7 cracker after extra time. The game was tied 5-5 after 90 minutes.
Beeston St Anthony’s are one of several Combination League Division One sides through after a 5-0 triumph at home to Heckmondwike Sports Club. Paul McMullen was at the double with Matt Moon, Graham Stockdale and Andy Tate adding a goal apiece.
JB Celtic also progressed past visiting Pontefract Collieries 6-4. Matty Dalton’s JB brace was supported by strikes from Luke Kitson, Steve Wells, Andy Campbell and Dean Drake. And Barwick were 5-2 victors at Witburn Athletic. Liam Walker and Daniel Maw netted two goals each with Ben Roffe also netting. Daisy, though, came a cropper to Castleford Sunday League visitors Fryston who triumphed 4-1. FC West Leeds (Guiseley) are also in this year’s County Sunday Cup despite being in Division Three of the Combination League and their adventure continued with a 3-1 success at Smawthorne. FC’s Chris Parkin, Carl Lutkevitch and Chris Sharkey all bagged a goal each.
But Main Line Social were eclipsed 3-2 by visiting Top Club while Horsforth Fairweather lost out 4-0 at home to Wakefield Sunday League side AFC Alverthorpe.
Alverthorpe’s Danny Mckie, Stuart Bateson, Sam Illingworth and Danny Milnes were all on the scoresheet with the pace of Nathan Jones also causing problems. Unbeaten Wakefield Sunday League leaders King George also eased past visiting Lee Mount 5-2 while New Sharlston Welfare enjoyed a 3-2 triumph against visiting Apperley Bridge.
As far as Heavy Woollen League representation goes, AFC Chickenley eased to a 7-3 win at Wrenthorpe Rangers thanks to braces from Sean Housecroft and Gene Smith, plus strikes from Shaun McDaid, Michael Chadwick and Tim Clarke. Woodman Batley Carr also progressed after Michael Foulstone, Adam Gray, Greg Snowdon and an own goal saw them to a 4-3 win over Halfway FC. Millbridge WMC won 3-1 against Horsforth St Margaret’s to book a place in the next round.
Jonny Beverley bagged a hat trick for Oakwell Motel, but couldn’t prevent them losing 8-6 at Peel Park. Joe Lyttle, Nathan Hallas and Gary Foley netted the others.
Battyeford, though, lost 7-1 to Sandy Lane.
From the Castleford Sunday League, Pontefract Sports And Social United romped to a 7-1 win at AFC Elford but Oakwell Motel were eclipsed 8-6 at Peel Park.
North Featherstone lost out 3-1 at clinical Stanningley Albion who only conceded through an own goal.
In the first round of the West Riding County FA Sunday Trophy, Leeds Combination League Division One outfit Garforth Villa enjoyed a 6-4 success at Millshaw Park Rangers. Jamie Scott, Spencer Lund and Matthew Eaglen netted three, two and one respectively to put Villa in the next round. Villa’s divisional rivals Swillington Welfare went out after a 4-1 loss at home to Gallopers.
There was heartbreak for Combination League Division Two side Leodis United who lost 8-7 on penalties at home to Junction (Wyke) following a 3-3 draw after extra time. Leodis strikes from Jordan Mudd, Paul Cochrane and John Sykes were ultimately to no avail.
Fellow Division Two side Chapel Allerton lost 1-0 to visiting Bedford Arms Wakefield from the Combination League’s bottom tier Scott Reyner bagged the winner for second bottom Wakefield who were celebrating their first win of the season. Also through from Combination Division Three are New Unicorn who beat visiting Thorner 7-0.
AFC Travellers exited after a 3-2 loss at home to Armley Rangers as home strikes from Danny Hurley and James Wardle proved in vain .
WIBS also lost 7-1 at Heaton Athletic with an Abz Blair strike proving only a consolation. Keighley Athletic, from the Wharfedale Triangle League, lost 2-1 at home to Bingley, while league rivals Shipley Town also beaten 6-2 at Ryburn United.
Clifton Rangers Reserves hit the day’s highest score of the Heavy Woollen League teams, beating Parry Lane 10-1 in their County Trophy win. Marcus Pope led the way with four goals and Jordan Hoyle bagged a double with Kyle Matthews, Alex Bottomley, Will Sugden and Danny Hoyle completing the rout. The Yorkshireman also eased through to the next round after Ben Simpson (hat trick) and Liam Oldroyd both scored in a 4-0 win over Milford. Scholes Athletic won 5-1 at Westwood Park and Clifton Rangers won 3-2 at Eccleshill WMC.
Battyeford Reserves went down 5-1 at home to Queensbury, Birkenshaw Reserves lost 4-2 at Walkers Hounds and Punch Bowl were beaten 9-5 by Dalton. Danny Marshall scored for Overthorpe Sports Club Reserves, but they lost 2-1 against Henry Boons.