Horsforth Fairweather FC

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Sunday 21st January 2018 (Sanford Cup Round 3):

  Leeds City Rovers v Horsforth Fairweather postponed.

  Other Round 3 games: Hope Inn Whites v Kirkstall Crusaders (home walkover); Kippax Sundays v HT Sports.

  Outstanding Round 2 game JB Celtic v Chapeltown Fforde Grene being played 21st February. Winners to play New Pudsey in Round 3.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 4 included: Colton v Olympic.

  League games: Chapel Allerton v East Leeds Celtic; New Pudsey v Colton (depending on County Cup as above).

Sunday 14th January 2018 (Leeds Combination AFL Premier Division):
Swillington Welfare 0 Horsforth Fairweather 7

Team: Postle, Bell, Shapland, R.Wilson, T.Wilson, Howarth, Thorp, Lancaster, Litvinov, Hoyle, Skillern. Subs: Foster, Riley, Townend, Jones; unused sub: Monaghan. Scorers: Thorp 3, Litvinov 2, R.Wilson, Skillern. Cautioned: Thorp.

  Six weeks having elapsed since our previous game, Horsforth were nevertheless able to name an almost unchanged side, with club captain Tom Wilson replacing the unavailable Luke Molloy on defence, and making his 100th appearance for the club to boot. Other than that, it was as-you-were: Jonathan Postle in goal; Shane Bell, Dave Howarth and Dave Shapland making up the back four; George Lancaster, Rob Wilson, Kev Hoyle, Gary Litvinov and Steve Skillern across the midfield; and Thorpy up front.

  We started extremely well, a consequence perhaps of the way we've kept up training during the hiatus. Just six minutes had gone when Thorpy took the ball off a defender and bore down on goal to make it 1-0, and seven minutes later there was a rare headed goal from the same player when he met Skilly's accurate left-wing cross. The game settled down a bit after that, Horsforth defending well when called on to do so while playing some classy football through the midfield when the opportunity arose, and although we made more than a few chances to extend our lead, changed ends still just 2-0 up.

  We knew the next goal was going to be all-important, so when in the second minute of the second half Skilly's deadly corner from the left was slammed into the net by Gary, it looked like we'd broken the home team's resistance, and so it proved. After seven minutes, Rob went on a marauding run through the defence and made it 4-0. We introduced new signing Nick Foster into the side, on the left of the back four, then on 17 minutes Thorpy sealed his hat-trick with a shot from the edge of the box which the Swillington keeper could only parry and it trickled over the line. It was time to have a look at our other attacking options, and Henry Riley and Liam Townend were brought on as we looked to stretch the lead still further, with Chris Jones enjoying a comfortable runout in defence. We bagged another two goals in the last few minutes, Gary breaking through the now rather demoralised Swillington defence to make it 6-0, then setting up Skilly who deftly notched his first of the season. To their credit the home side never gave up, and Pos had to work hard for his clean sheet right up to the last minute, but the result had not been in doubt for a long while.

  I have to say this was another excellent display from a strong HFFC team on a day when there would have been plenty of excuses to have been below par. The balance of the side looked perfect throughout the game, the work-rate was admirable, and we earned ourselves a superb result against a team who have a formidable reputation, especially on their own ground. A day to be proud of, with hopefully more of the same to follow.

  Other league games: Chapel Allerton 2, Colton 6; New Pudsey v East Leeds Celtic postponed.

  Sanford Cup Round 2: JB Celtic v Chapeltown Fforde Grene.

  WRCFA County Sunday Trophy Round 4 included: AFC Leodis 5, Cutsyke 2; New Pudsey v Hunslet Club.

Sunday 7th January 2018 (Leeds Combination AFL Premier Division):

  Horsforth Fairweather v Colton postponed.

  All games on parks pitches called off by Leeds FA / Leeds City Council.

  Other league games: Chapel Allerton v East Leeds Celtic, New Pudsey v AFC Leodis, both postponed.

Sunday 17th December 2017 (Leeds Combination AFL Premier Division):

  Chapel Allerton v New Pudsey, Swillington Welfare v Colton, both postponed.

Sunday 10th December 2017 (Leeds Combination AFL Premier Division):

  Swillington Welfare v Horsforth Fairweather postponed.

  All Combination fixtures were called off by the league.

  Other league game: New Pudsey v Colton postponed.

Sunday 3rd December 2017 (Leeds Combination AFL Premier Division):
Horsforth Fairweather 4 East Leeds Celtic 1

Team: Postle, Bell, Shapland, Hoyle, Molloy, Howarth Thorp, R.Wilson, Litvinov Lancaster, Skillern. Subs: Pickering, Minshull, Townend, Monaghan; unused sub: Jones. Scorers: Litvinov 2, Thorp, Lancaster. Cautioned: R.Wilson (unsporting behaviour), Thorp (persistent infringement).

  Horsforth were without two of the previous game's stars in Dave Scott (injured) and skipper Tom Wilson (new baby - congrats from us all by the way), and made a series of what were in hindsight well-judged changes to cope with the loss. Dave Howarth dropped back into the defence, Rob Wilson moved to the holding midfield role, and stand-in captain Kevin Hoyle came into the side as one the three central midfield players, while James Thorp was moved up front with Steve Skillern restored to the starting line-up in the left-sided role.

  And once again, we got off to a good start, with Gary Litvinov reacting quickest to broken play following Thorpy's long throw and hitting his shot in off the turf after six minutes. The remainder of the first half was fairly even, and neither side really seemed able to get a grip on the game. On 39 minutes, we doubled our lead when George Lancaster hit a glorious cross from way out on the right wing and Gary judged his run and timed his header to perfection, a splendid goal to light up what had been a relatively dull contest.

  It got even better for Horsforth just three minutes into the second period, when Rob's pass was controlled by Thorpy running through the centre, the Horsforth striker keeping his head and beating the keeper calmly. I'd have to admit the 3-0 lead perhaps flattered us a bit though, and just three minutes later East Leeds pulled a goal back, not exactly undeserved but from our point of view a shocking episode of failing to clear a set piece, and it seemed we might be in for a long second half. Actually, Horsforth began to play the best football of the day now, making a series of chances and I'd say more than a bit unlucky not to have put the game to bed in this spell. The away side, who to their credit never stopped trying to play attacking football, forced a couple of saves from Jonathan Postle, while on the rare occasion he was beaten some goal-line acrobatics from Luke Molloy were required to keep them at bay, but in my opinion we were far the better side at this stage, and we still had a full bench to turn to for reinforcements. Matty Pickering, Liam Townend, Steve Minshull and Luke Monaghan were all called on to play their part in the game's decisive phase, a measure of the manager's faith in them, but we had to wait until injury time before Liam's corner was steered home by George to finally end the away side's resistance.

  We had played some really good football in patches today, and overall I'd have to say we were pretty good value for the win. Sound and relatively untroubled at the back, strong and purposeful in midfield and dangerous every time we got the ball up front, this may not have been the most comprehensive performance from an HFFC side, but it was certainly good enough for the three points today.

  Other league game: Swillington Welfare v New Middleton not played.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 3 included: Clifton Rangers 3, Colton 5.

  WRCFA County Sunday Trophy Round 3 included: AFC Leodis 7, Shadwell United 1; New Moorside v New Pudsey away walkover; Old Bank WMC 8, Chapel Allerton 1.

Sunday 26th November 2017 (Leeds Combination AFL Premier Division):
New Pudsey 3 Horsforth Fairweather 4

Team: Postle, Bell, Shapland, Howarth, T.Wilson, Molloy, Thorp, Litvinov, Scott, R.Wilson, Lancaster. Subs: Riley, Skillern, Hoyle; unused subs: Pickering, Townend. Scorers: Lancaster, R.Wilson 2, Howarth. Cautioned: T.Wilson (unsporting behaviour).

  For the trip to face the league leaders, Horsforth had - for once - something of an embarrassment of riches to choose from, and reverted to four at the back, with Shane Bell and Luke Molloy back in the side alongside regulars Tom Wilson and Dave Shapland. Dave Howarth moved up beside Rob Wilson and Gary Litvinov in a five-piece midfield with James Thorp out on the left and George Lancaster on the right, leaving Dave Scott as the lone striker. Perhaps the most significant change, however, was that newly-wed Jonathan Postle returned in goal.

  Playing against the slope at Queens Park, Horsforth had already survived the scare of the home side having a goal disallowed for offside before, in the fifth minute, George found himself with room to turn and hit a shot past the keeper. At first, we coped quite well with Pudsey's attacks, but in the 17th minute and I'd have said against the run of play at the time they broke through and Tom conceded a penalty from which they equalised, the Horsforth captain earning a yellow card to add to his woes. Although we continued to give as good as we got for a while, gradually Pudsey wore down our resistance, and when they finally went in front after 38 minutes, from a corner it was but the latest in a sequence of chances they'd made. At half-time, we felt unlucky to be behind overall, but there could be no denying the home team had turned the contest around and had dominated the latter stages of the period.

  With the advantage of the gradient in the second half, Horsforth set about their business with a self-belief that had been sadly lacking in recent games. With seven minutes played, Rob alertly followed up on a half-blocked shot to equalise, and there was time for Thorpy to miss a penalty before in the 16th minute a superb free-kick from Dave Howarth put us ahead again. By now, the home team realised we were not just there to make up the numbers, and they redoubled their efforts, the game getting steadily more intense. On 21 minutes, another equaliser ensued as Gary was tormented into sticking out a trailing foot and giving away the softest penalty of the season. But we didn't only have probably the best starting XI we'd had for a while, we also had a bench loaded with talent today, and we brought on left-sided midfielder Steve Skillern and debutant Henry Riley who took over on the right. What turned out to be the winning goal arrived very quickly, after 26 minutes of play, Gary pulling the ball back low from the left and Rob forcing it over the line. It was still a long way from game-over, injury to Dave Scott giving cause for concern even if we at least had a more than adequate replacement available in Kev Hoyle, but there was still ample time for another comeback from the home team, and the last few minutes were a bit fraught at times, though we had plenty of attacks as well and might even have added to our lead.

  This had been a very good game of football, reflecting great credit on both teams in my opinion. Our own performance had been excellent right throughout the side, and yes, we could have played that well and lost today, such was the mettle of the opposition, but we got the result through lots of hard work, a smidgen of luck here and there perhaps, but also through playing quality football whenever the situation allowed it. All in all, a great win against a very good side, and the sort of performance that makes you wonder why we can't play like that every week.

  Other league games: Chapel Allerton 0, East Leeds Celtic 3; New Middleton v Colton postponed.

  Sanford Cup Round 2: Hope Inn Whites 5, AFC Leodis 1; JB Celtic v Chapeltown Fforde Grene postponed.

  Sanford Cup Round 3 draw: Hope Inn Whites v Kirkstall Crusaders; JB Celtic or Chapeltown Fforde Grene v New Pudsey; Kippax Sundays v HT Sports; Leeds City Rovers v Horsforth Fairweather. Dates TBA.

Sunday 19th November 2017 (Sanford Cup Round 2):

  Horsforth Fairweather v New Middleton - not played, away team couldn't raise a side.

  LDFA Sunday Senior Cup Round 2: AFC Leodis 2, Whitkirk Wanderers Sunday 2 (Whitkirk won 4-3 on pens); HT Sports 2, Chapeltown Fforde Grene 3; JB Celtic 2, Colton 3; Kirkstall Crusaders 1, Hope Inn Whites 7.

  League game: Chapel Allerton 1, Swillington Welfare 2.

  This page last updated 21/01/2018.

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