Sunday League round-up: Palfrey in the goals as HT end on a high

Action from Oakwell Motel v St John Fisher in the Heavy Woollen League Championship.
Action from Oakwell Motel v St John Fisher in the Heavy Woollen League Championship.
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HT SPORTS brought the curtain down on the 2013-14 Leeds Combination League season with Thursday night’s 4-1 win at home to Belle Isle WMC.

Steve Palfrey bagged a hat-trick for HT who also had Sam Akeroyd on target as the New Farnley side consolidated their second-placed finish in the Jubilee Premier.

Chapeltown Fforde Grene finish one point ahead of HT who will now hope to add the Leeds and District FA Sunday Senior Cup to their bow when they take on Stanningley Albion in the final at Elland Road on Thursday, May 22.

But whatever happens later this month, player manager Lee Connor admits his men are still celebrating after winning the County Sunday Cup last month for the second time in a row.

“The County Cup win was amazing and to win it two years on the bounce was a great achievement,” said a proud Connor.

“Elland Road is next but Stanningley won’t be easy.”

The only other action of note concerning the Leeds Combination League at the weekend came through a 4-0 success for Rothwell Town in a friendly at home to Millshaw Park Rangers.

But there was plenty of competitive action in the Heavy Woollen League led by a 6-3 Championship win for Premier Division-bound Oakwell Motel at home to St John Fisher Old Boys Reserves.

The success bagged the hosts the Championship title on the last day of the season and they will be promoted to the Premier alongside runners-up Battyeford FC who were pipped to the title by a single point on the final day.

The destination of the Premier Division title has yet to be decided but St John Fisher Old Boys kept their hopes alive with Sunday’s 2-0 success at third-bottom Towngate. Towngate were leapfrogged by AFC Chickenley who moved sixth with a 6-1 triumph at fifth-placed Overthorpe Sports Club. Title-chasing Thornhill Lees were in Brook Butler Cup action with Division Two champions Woodkirk Valley finally defeated 5-2.

The Division One campaign was concluded with a 4-2 success for Mount Pleasant at fifth-placed Savile Arms that saw Mount seal a second-placed finish. White Horse were demoted to third on the final day. Town Rangers secured the Division Three championship with Sunday’s 5-3 victory at home to third-placed Hanging Heaton Cricket Club. Bottom club Black Horse FC Reserves enjoyed a 4-1 triumph at home to second bottom Gomersal West – a result which was only Black Horse’s third win of the season.

There were major celebrations in the Claro League as a 2-1 success at sixth-placed Bramham bagged Harrogate Cosmos the Division Two title and a brilliant treble. Simon Dale and Scott Worsley both struck for Cosmos who have also won the Supplementary Cup and Intermediate Cup. Also in Division Two, fifth-placed Hornblower FC were 2-1 victors at second-placed Markington. Hornblower’s Mark Marsden and Andrew Ball netted a goal each.

In the Leeds Sunday League, Halfway House’s relegation from the Premier was confirmed after a 4-4 draw at third-bottom Original Oak. Daniel Ajibona, John Prowse, Chris Garnett and Marcus Liburd all netted for Halfway but Jon Hart’s brace supported by a Ste Sharp strike and an own goal gave Oak a draw.

Despite a John Dolan effort, Second-bottom Richmond Hill came a cropper in a 3-1 loss at fourth-placed East End Park.

In the Wakefield Sunday League, Shepherds Arms kept up their pursuit of a second-placed Premiership One finish with a 9-2 hammering of second-placed visitors Hemsworth Miners Welfare. Hosts City Of Wakefield FC also shared a 3-3 draw with Kinsley Hotel.

Ben Jones, left of Old Centralians and Matthew Martin of Swillington challenge.

Slideshow: Swillington v Old Centralians