Success in 
showdown gives City title boost

Leeds City Rovers' Kevin Brough, challenges Hope Inn Whites' Charlie Stephens in the Leeds Combination League Jubilee Premier Division.
Leeds City Rovers' Kevin Brough, challenges Hope Inn Whites' Charlie Stephens in the Leeds Combination League Jubilee Premier Division.
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leeds City Rovers strengthened their Jubilee Premier title challenge in the Leeds Combination League.

Just three points separated the top four before Sunday but Rovers went clear with a 3-2 win at challengers Hope Inn Whites.

In a well-fought affair, goals from Ams Wadda, Jonny Wilson and Ferdinand Annor were enough to see the visitors triumph against a side who had lost just once previously this season.

The early pace-setters, unbeaten Chapeltown Fforde Green, have been playing catch-up due to cup commitments but they suffered a blip against winless visitors Horsforth Fairweather.

A second-half equaliser from Oli Roper meant the home side had to settle for a point after Dom Blair had given Chapeltown, who have now won just once in their last three games, a half-time lead.

That result meant that JB Celtic would close the gap on the top four with a win at third-placed HT Sports.

Despite a hat-trick from HT’s Steve Palfrey, Celtic were able to earn a 4-4 draw as the league’s top-scorer, John Mallinson, added another two to his tally.

In the one remaining fixture, five different goalscorers earned Seacroft WMC their second win of the season as they beat Main Line Social 6-1.

In the second round of the Luty Cup, Division One leaders New Pudsey fell 3-2 at West Leeds Armley, who sit 16 places below them in Division Two.

The Premier Division saw some shock results with 26 goals being scored across five games.

Bottom side Garforth Sports and Social, with just one point, welcomed second-placed Kirkstall Crusaders.

In an eight-goal thriller, the visitors were forced to settle for a point while third-placed Colton were dealt a blow, falling 3-1 at seventh-placed FC Broadway.

Runaway leaders Kippax Sundays moved nine points clear with a 3-0 win against East Leeds Wortley.

Half of the division’s goals came at Hunslet Parnaby, who ran out 9-5 winners against West Leeds Wortley, in-form striker Kyle Swithenbank netting four goals.

Harehills WMC moved of the foot of the table with their first three points, winning 1-0 against Swillington.

In Division One, at Chapel Allerton, Millshaw Park Rangers leapfrogged their opponents into third after a 3-1 win, while basement outfit East Leeds moved to within two points of eighth-placed Moortown Albion thanks to a 4-2 victory.

Bramley’s 2-1 win at Commercial HQ means there are just two points between the top five.

There was a drab 1-1 between Halton and Hare & Hounds, but things were more exciting at Beachwood, as Oulton Athletic were the victors in a 12-goal thriller, winning 7-5.

In Division Two, Acorn Bramley inflicted a crushing 9-1 defeat on AFC Elford as Matt Lofthouse celebrated a hat-trick.

Leaders South Seacroft sailed to a comfortable 5-1 victory against Corpus Christi as Joe Johnson also netted three, whilst Halfway won 5-0 at struggling FC West Leeds.

Horsforth Saints are four points off the top with three games in hand after a 1-0 win at West Yorkshire Falcons.

In the Pudsey derby, Athletic’s Nick Dent, Adam Cole and Matt Hartley cancelled out goals from Sporting’s Jamie McDougan (2) and Matty Durrans.