THE Leeds Combination League is ready to rumble with boss Danny Walsh hoping it’s second time lucky for his Halton Moor side.
Multiple Leeds Sunday League champions Moor joined the Combination in the summer of 2013 and have quickly settled into life alongside big guns Chapeltown Fforde Grene and HT Sports.
And while Moor had to settle for a third-placed finish last term, Walsh hopes five new additions to his squad can work the oracle.
Halton Moor begin the new Jubilee Premier campaign this Sunday at home to newly-promoted Horsforth Fairweather with five new signings in Ben Potter, David Stead, Danny Leaf, Martin Dixon and Antony Greenfield.
Walsh says all five are “local lads” and footballers charged with the task of bringing a first ever Leeds Combination League title back to Halton Moor.
“We’re all set for the new season with five new signings and all the lads from last year,” said Walsh. “Hopefully it’s Moor’s year for the title this year. “We needed to strengthen for the title push so we have done that.”
Asked who he thought Halton Moor’s main rivals would be, Walsh joked: “(Lee) Connor – the HT Sports boss – has already been moaning about his team to me so it’s Chappy. They are still a good side.”
Reigning champions Chappy begin their campaign at home to Pudsey Liberal Club this weekend with West Riding FA County Sunday Cup champions Belle Isle WMC taking on visiting Seacroft WMC in the only other top-flight fixture.
HT Sports begin the following weekend at Pudsey Liberal Club with the division completed by Leeds City Rovers and Hope Inn Whites.
There had been much talk of Ferrybridge Progressive joining the Combination but the Castleford team have stayed put in the Castleford Sunday League and have quickly resumed normal service.
Last season’s champions have won their first two games with visiting Castleford Town seen off 4-1 on Sunday. Mikey Dunn was at the double for Ferrybridge for whom Kingsley Weatherald and Jimmy Williams added a goal each.
Newly-formed Pontefract Squash were 6-2 winners at Nags while FC Byram Munich were sunk 4-1 at Queens Head.
Yeadon Veterans were also linked with a move to the Combination but they have also stayed put – in the Wharfedale Triangle League – which is one of many leagues to begin this weekend.
The Leeds Sunday League is another league to begin this weekend with the league proudly soldiering on despite dwindling numbers.
Seven teams led by Chapeltown Fforde Grene’s reserve team contest the Terry Pears Premier with another eight in the second tier Championship.
There are five divisions in the Combination League which now has a total of 57 teams competing.
The Heavy Woollen League also starts this Sunday with champions St John Fisher Old Boys away at Oakwell Motel.
The Wakefield Sunday League also starts with champions King George at home to New Sharlston Welfare.
On the Harrogate front, the Claro League also begins on Sunday with Bramham hosting Kirk Deighton Rangers in something of a local Wetherby derby.
West Yorkshire League: Carlton Athletic have made it a perfect five wins out of five upon their return to the West Yorkshre Premier.
Last season’s Division One champions sealed a 1-0 win at Otley Town on Saturday thanks to Andrew Payne’s winner to stay two points clear at the top of the pile. Carlton were also 3-1 winners against visiting Beeston St Anthony’s last Wednesday evening thanks to strikes from Scott Burns, Scott Hargreaves and Joseph O’Neill.
Sean Jeavons notched the sole reply for Beeston who bounced back with Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at home to Wyke Wanderers for whom a Karl Fawcett goal was in vain.
Beeston sit third after three and victories and two defeats from five games with reigning champions Field second after Saturday’s 2-1 victory against visiting Horbury Town. Neil Samardzija netted early for Horbury but they were undone by strikes from Andrew Hawker and Curtis McMahon.
Field obliged 4-2 at Oxenhope Recreation last Wednesday evening with a goal each from Aiden Day, Nicholas Doherty, Christopher Wood and Tom Hiley in the face of home efforts from Leon Smith and Owen Williamson. Field remain unbeaten and two points off top with their only blemish so far being an opening day draw with visiting Otley Town.
But Leeds City have slipped to fourth as a result of last Wednesday’s surprise 3-0 setback at home to Pool in which City’s Steven Tierney was sent off. City were not in action on Saturday and have nine points from their first four games. Horbury are fifth with Saturday’s loss at Field preceded by Wednesday’s 4-3 success at Shelley.
Hunslet Club slipped to tenth after Saturday’s 3-1 loss at seventh-placed Oxenhope Recreation followed Wednesday’s 2-1 win at home to Robin Hood Athletic, achieved as goals from Christopher Thornton and Lee Turner wiped away the effort of James Finlayson. Robin Hood drew 1-1 with visiting Brighouse Old Boys on Saturday with Brighouse drawing 2-2 at Wyke last Wednesday. Bardsey picked up their first point of the season last Wednesday when drawing 1-1 at Wetherby.
Knaresborough Town moved ninth with Saturday’s 5-2 win at Shelley in which Pride Chikosha bagged a treble.
County Amateur: The nature of Littletown’s yo-yo season in the County Amateur Premier continued with Saturday’s 6-1 hammering at second-placed Halifax Irish.
Littletown were 12-0 winners at home to early basement boys Hunsworth on the opening day but have won only once in four games since.
Lee McKeown netted for Littletown on Saturday but Anthony Brown and Eli Hey both bagged trebles for Irish who are three points behind early pacesetters Huddersfield YMCA.
YMCA were 3-0 victors at home to Salts – a result which made it five wins out if five.
YMCA were also 5-0 winners at home to Golcar United on Wednesday on a night when Littletown were defeated 2-1 at Lepton Highlanders.
McKeown was again the sole scorer for Littletown but goals from Paul Swallow and John Flynn won the day for the hosts. Steeton are third with ten points from five games after Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Ovenden West Riding.
But Wakefield City are still looking to build on their opening day win in Division One with Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Holmfirth Town following Wednesday night’s 3-1 loss at Overthorpe Sports Club.
Overthorpe are fourth after beating visitors Westbrook YMCA 2-1 on Saturday through goals from Reece Patterson and Lewis Ward in the face of an away strike from Richard Terry.
Bottom club Westbrook drew 1-1 at Wibsey on Wednesday.