Horsforth Fairweather FC

Archived reports 2019-20.

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01/09/2019 Burton Leonard (H) 08/09/2019 FC United of Baildon (H)
15/09/2019 Wykebeck Arms (A) Sunday Cup 22/09/2019 Horsforth Saints (H)
29/09/2019 Myrtle Park (A) 06/10/2019 Eldwick (A)
03/11/2019 FC United of Baildon (H) County Cup 24/11/2019 Yeadon FC (H)
08/12/2019 Eldwick (H) 15/12/2019 Sheepscar (A) Sunday Cup
05/01/2020 Leeds City Rovers (A) 12/01/2020 Salts (H)
19/01/2020 Shadwell United (A) 26/01/2020 Pudsey Athletic (A) League Cup
08/03/2020 Horsforth Saints (A)    



Wednesday 28th August 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Keighley Athletic 1, Yeadon FC 0.




Sunday 1st September 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Horsforth Fairweather 7 Burton Leonard 0

Team: Postle, Lancaster, Shapland, Hoyle, T.Wilson, P.Smith, Thorp, Francis, Litvinov, Hawes, B.Canning. Subs: C.Jones, Riley, Skillern, Pickering. Scorers: Hawes 4, OG, Litvinov 2. Cautioned: Thorp, Francis (both Unsporting Behaviour).

  So (as they say), after a pre-season programme which could hardly be described as encouraging, Horsforth took the field for the first game of the season against a side we'd beaten twice last campaign. Jonathan Postle was the obvious choice in goal; Tom Wilson, Phil Smith and Dave Shapland were the back three; George Lancaster and Ben Canning (the latter making his first start) the wing-backs; Jamie Francis, Kev Hoyle and Gary Litvinov made up the midfield; Thorpy and Hawesy the strikers. And a pretty decent bench too.

  This might have been destined to become the best match in the history of Sunday football, but we were never going to find out. After just five minutes, the game was ruined when the away side's goalkeeper took exception to a challenge from Thorpy, and was sent off for his reaction, Thorpy cautioned for the same incident. They keep telling you it's harder to play against 10 men, and for a while the Burton Leonard lads set out to prove that point. Horsforth, still more than a bit rusty, struggled to get into any sort of rhythm for the first half hour, and a goal for the visitors at this point would have made a difficult task harder, and indeed I'd have to admit that looked more likely for a while. But to their credit Horsforth kept trying to play football, and on 34 minutes Kev's astute through ball found Hawesy who turned his shot round the stand-in keeper to give us a lead which from then on we never looked like losing. Ten minutes later, Hawesy won a race to keep the ball in down the left wing and played Gary in, the resulting chaos ending in an own-goal. Almost from the restart Gary headed Hawesy's excellent left wing cross in at the far post, and the half time lead was 3-0.

  The second half was uneventful for a while, Horsforth unable to add to the lead but the away side not looking like eating into it. After 14 minutes, we hit them with a double blow, a passage of play that saw the ball crossed from both wings in turn ended up with a Hawesy snapshot for a third goal, and immediately a breakaway which could have seen any one of three Horsforth players find the net was despatched by Gary. Three minutes after that, the score began to look like getting out of hand, as Thorpy went marauding down the right and had his shot saved, only for Hawesy to follow up and score from close range. Horsforth's first sub Chris Jones came on in defence at this point, but the goals kept arriving, Ben's low left wing cross met unopposed by Hawesy at the far post for his fourth goal of the day. This was the cue to bring on the subs: Henry Riley in midfield, Steve Skillern down the left flank and finally Matty Pickering also in midfield. No more scoring though, and the game ended a fairly comfortable 7-0 win.

  There had been a few unconvincing moments during this game, especially the early stages, but I felt we deserved the points for the way we stuck to trying to play football at a time when it would have been easier to lapse into bad habits again. Much praise rightly goes to many of the lads on that pitch today, not least the man who bagged our first four-goal haul for six years, but I'd say a special mention should go to Thorpy, treading a tightrope after his early caution but more than justifying The Manager's faith in keeping him on with a performance of great skill and much self-control.

  Other league games: Eldwick 5, Shadwell United 1; FC United of Baildon 2, Leeds City Rovers 5; Keighley Athletic 1, Salts 2; Myrtle Park 1, Horsforth Saints 2.

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Sunday 8th September 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Horsforth Fairweather 0 FC United of Baildon 2

Team: Postle, Lancaster, Shapland, Hoyle, Howarth, P.Smith, R.Wilson, Francis, Litvinov, Hawes, B.Canning. Subs: Pickering, Riley, C.Jones, LD.Monaghan.

  Just the two changes today, welcome returns for Dave Howarth in defence and Rob Wilson up front.

  Won't waste too many words on this one, it was poor from the start, occasionally looked like it might get better, but didn't. We conceded an embarrassing own goal after nine minutes of the first half, and created precious little attacking play of our own. After the break, there were a few moments when we just might have done enough to salvage a draw, not least Kev Hoyle's through run and shot which trickled agonisingly past the post. An influx of quality subs was always an option, and the introduction of Matty Pickering and Henry Riley on the 70-minute mark ushered in one of our better periods. But we'd never looked comfortable in defence, and it all went wrong again with ten minutes left when a long ball up the middle bounced over everyone and somehow ended up an open goal for the away side. And that was pretty much that.

  Fair play to Baildon, they did what they needed to do, stuck to their game plan, and looked by a distance the fitter and sharper team. We had our chances for certain - with our array of strikers we'll always make chances - but too often the last pass went astray, and overall I'd say the better team won. Not a great day then, plenty of lessons to learn from this one, but not much to say in this medium other than the usual stuff about roll on next week.

  Other league games: Horsforth Saints 3, Eldwick 2; Rawdon FC 1, Myrtle Park 4; Salts 3, Leeds City Rovers 3; Shadwell United 3, Keighley Athletic 4; Yeadon FC 1, Burton Leonard 6.

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Sunday 15th September 2019 (LDFA Sunday Senior Cup Round 1):
Wykebeck Arms 1 Horsforth Fairweather 6

Team: Postle, Lancaster, P.Smith, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Howarth, R.Wilson, Francis, Litvinov, Hawes, Riley. Subs: Pickering, LD.Monaghan, C.Jones. Scorers: R.Wilson 3, Hawes 3. Cautioned: Riley.

  Facing what appeared a daunting trip to Halton Moor to play the Wykebeck Arms, Horsforth switched the formation quite dramatically, opting for a very positive 4-3-3. Jonathan Postle was in goal; George Lancaster, Tom Wilson, Dave Howarth and Phil Smith the back four; Kev Hoyle, Jamie Francis and Henry Riley in midfield; and Gary Litvinov, Rob Wilson and James Hawes made up a three-pronged attack.

  In the event, it took just 52 seconds to open our account, as Jamie's throw-in caused more consternation than usual in the home defence and Rob was on hand to capitalise. The game settled down into a good contest after that, both teams playing some nice football on the hard Neville Road surface, Horsforth looking dangerous every time we got the ball in the Wykebeck half, but reliant on a couple of moments from Pos to preserve the lead. Having held our nerve defensively, we doubled the lead on 25 minutes when Gary's flick on created a chance for Hawesy. It got better and better as the first half wore on, Horsforth now playing some superb football, with and without the ball. In the 38th minute, a deep free kick from Pos was met by Gary beyond the far post, his header back across goal deceived the home goalie, and Hawesy bundled the loose ball into the net. On 43 minutes, a Jamie free kick broke the offside trap, and Hawesy completed his hat trick with a majestic header.

  The second half saw no let-up in Horsforth's positive attacking play. Five minutes had elapsed when Rob took a brilliant free kick from outside the box, and beat the keeper to make it 5-0. Ten minutes later, Hawesy went on a run down the right and his low cross was met by Rob for another hat trick. The Wykebeck lads, to their great credit, kept playing, and gained some measure of reward for their efforts with a well-taken strike soon after this. From this point, there was to be no further scoring, though chances were still being made at both ends, and the game ended in a thoroughly impressive 6-1 win.

  After the disappointment of last week, this was as good a response as any of us could have hoped for. For the most part sound in defence, industrious and creative in midfield, and eternally dangerous in attack, this had been a very good win against a very good side. Both teams played the game in the right spirit throughout, and all in all this was a day we should all be proud of.

  Other Round 1 games: Beck & Call 0, HT Sports 4; Colton 0, Hunslet Club 5; East Leeds Celtic 3, New Armley 7; Garden Gate 2, Leeds City Rovers 8; Main Line Social v Kirkstall Crusaders (being played 20th October); The Woodcock 1, Sheepscar 6; Whitkirk Wanderers 2, Seacroft WMC 2 (Whitkirk won 3-0 on pens).

  League games: Eldwick 3, Burton Leonard 3; Keighley Athletic 6, Rawdon FC 1; Salts 3, Horsforth Saints 1; Myrtle Park 3, Yeadon FC 6.

  Bradford FA Sunday Cup Round 1: FC United of Baildon 1, Peacock Bar 1 (Peacock won 4-2 on pens).

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Sunday 22nd September 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Horsforth Fairweather 1 Horsforth Saints 0

Team: Postle, Lancaster, P.Smith, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Howarth, Skillern, Francis, Litvinov, Hawes, Riley. Subs: Pickering, B.Canning. Scorer: Riley. Cautioned: Postle ("Delays the restart of play").

  It would have been harsh indeed to have made any changes following last week's impressive performance, and stand-in Manager Jamie Francis's only decision was the one forced on him by Rob Wilson's late withdrawal through injury, Steve Skillern getting the nod as HFFC opted to keep to the 4-3-3 formation that had served so well last match.

  The heavy rain before kick-off changed the pattern of the game a bit, as accurate passing was always going to be tricky on the wet surface. Fairweather had a few spells of control in the first period, but weren't able to make any of our chances count, and the side changed ends at nil-nil.

  The two sides began to play a bit more controlled football after the break, even though there were fewer chances than the first period. The only goal arrived after 17 minutes, as James Hawes headed a loose ball back across the box and Henry Riley's accurate header looped under the crossbar with the wrongfooted Saints keeper unable to keep it out of the net. Fairweather continued to make the better chances, but were never able to kill the game off, and right till the final whistle there remained the danger that the visitors would salvage something. As things turned out, for once a single goal proved to be sufficient, and Fairweather ended what was hopefully the first of many meetings between the town's only remaining Sunday clubs with bragging rights.

  Not a great game frankly, and far too many chances missed for comfort, but from our point of view a fairly solid performance overall. I thought we deserved the points, as much for the way we stayed focused on the task in hand as anything else.

  Other league games: Burton Leonard 7, Eldwick 6; FC United of Baildon 1, Rawdon FC 0; Leeds City Rovers 3, Myrtle Park 0; Salts 6, Shadwell United 0.

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Sunday 29th September 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Myrtle Park 4 Horsforth Fairweather 3

Team: Postle, Lancaster, B.Canning, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Francis, Thorp, Pickering, Litvinov, Skillern, Riley. Subs: Craske, LD.Monaghan. Scorers: Litvinov 2, Thorp.

  With Phil Smith and Dave Howarth unavailable, Jamie Francis moved himself the centre of the defence and brought in Ben Canning at left back, with Matty Pickering coming into the side in midfield. Thorpy replaced James Hawes in the attack.

  It started well enough, Horsforth looking some way the better side in the first half, with some very good passing moves and a relatively error-free performance from the reshaped defence. We'd already missed a few good chances before on 21 minutes, Henry Riley played the key pass that set Gary Litvinov away on goal, and we were finally one up. In the 30th minute, great work from Gary down the left resulted in a high cross which Thorpy bundled over the line, and in the 40th minute Gary found himself free again and beat the home keeper with a hard, low shot from the inside-right channel.

  But the second half was altogether a different story. Right from the start, the home team began to chip away at our dominance, and it came as little surprise when after 10 minutes a defensive lapse gave them a goal back. Horsforth's passing game never really reappeared after that, and the nervousness in defence grew steadily. Myrtle Park used their substitutes to good effect, whereas Horsforth had few proven replacements available, and on a heavy pitch and in the pouring rain the match turned completely. A second goal for the home team on 18 minutes was followed by a 30th minute equaliser, and by now the odds were stacked against us. We brought new recruit Tom Craske on for the closing stages of the game, in an attempt to regain the initiative, but the late winning goal had a touch of inevitability about it, and what had just 45 minutes earlier seemed like a convincing victory ended in ignominious defeat.

  So, we need to say fair play to the Myrtle Park lads, they dug in when many other teams might have folded, and they were rightly thrilled with their result. From our point of view, you're all entitled to your own views but I'd say today we played some nice stuff at times but simply weren't able to sustain the same level over 90 minutes, and paid the price.

  WTFL League Cup Round 1: Burton Leonard 1, Horsforth Saints 0 (abandoned); FC County 5, AFC Daisy 8; FC Milford of Bramhope v Rawdon FC postponed; FC West Leeds v Leeds City Rovers postponed; Republica Internationale v Odsal (I think this was away walkover); Saltaire Rangers 2, Eldwick 0; Shadwell United 6, Cullingworth Youth 2; Sporting Pudsey 4, FC United of Baildon 3 AET; Yeadon Athletic v Keighley Athletic postponed; Yeadon FC v Salts postponed.

  Byes: Horsforth Fairweather; Millshaw Park Rangers; Myrtle Park; Pudsey Athletic; Salts Reserves; Shipley Town.

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Sunday 6th October 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Eldwick 2 Horsforth Fairweather 4

Team: Postle, B.Canning, Lancaster, Howarth, T.Wilson, Smith, Thorp, Francis, Riley, Hawes, Hoyle. Subs: C.Jones, Pickering, Skillern, LD.Monaghan. Scorers: Thorp, Hawes 2, Hoyle.

  For the rapid return trip to Marley, there was only one enforced change, due to the prenuptial absence of Gary Litvinov, but Horsforth made a raft of positional alterations, switching back to 3-5-2 for the occasion. Pos was in goal as usual, Tom Wilson and Phil Smith the central defenders with Dave Howarth sweeping between them, George Lancaster and Ben Canning the wing-backs. Jamie Francis resumed the holding role in central midfield, with Kev Hoyle and Henry Riley pushing forward to support strikers James Hawes and Thorpy.

  As with the previous week's fixture, the game was switched to the least waterlogged of the available pitches, but it was still very heavy indeed, especially during the first half. The opening exchanges were inconclusive, Horsforth playing some nice but simple football at times, but unable to find the breakthrough until the 23rd minute when Phil's well-judged long pass put Thorpy through on goal to open the scoring. We contrived to concede a silly equaliser a few minutes later, poor defending from our point of view, but went ahead again on 28 minutes when Henry's weighted chip allowed Hawesy to take the ball round the keeper. In the 37th minute, with Horsforth now getting on top, Thorpy attacked down the right, and his low cross was steered into the net by Hawesy. But the home side never looked like giving up, and in the 40th minute cleared one of our less incisive corners and took the ball all the way downfield to peg us back to 3-2, leaving us with some serious talking to do at half time.

  Nor was the second period plain sailing. After seven minutes, key defender Phil Smith had to retire from the fray injured, Jamie Francis following him a few minutes later, though fortunately this week we had a rather stronger bench than of late. Chris Jones was the first reinforcement, with Matty Pickering, Steve Skillern and finally Luke Monaghan following as Horsforth tried to make the game safe. A switch to a back four didn't do the trick either - we made and missed chances, but the Eldwick lads had their fair share too, and the match was anybody's. The decisive moment didn't arrive until the 44th minute of the half, but in the end it was well worth waiting for, a solo run from Kev, with just enough left in the tank to outpace a tiring and stretched defence, and a superb finish to clinch the result.

  A welcome return to winning ways, in a game which never looked like being an easy one. Plenty of things we still need to work on, but also plenty of endeavour and team spirit, and above all a memorable last-gasp goal to make the points safe.

  Other league games: Burton Leonard v Rawdon FC postponed; Horsforth Saints 1, Shadwell United 1; Yeadon FC v Keighley Athletic postponed.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 1 included: FC United of Baildon v New Armley postponed; Myrtle Park v Rocking Horse postponed; Whitwood Metrostars 1, Salts 2. Byes included: Burton Leonard; Horsforth Fairweather; Horsforth Saints; Keighley Athletic; Leeds City Rovers; Rawdon FC.

  FA Sunday Cup Round 1: FC Walkers Hounds v Leeds City Rovers postponed.

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Sunday 13th October 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Salts v Horsforth Fairweather postponed - pitch waterlogged.

  Other league games: Burton Leonard 7, Keighley Athletic 1; Horsforth Saints 5, Yeadon FC 4; Rawdon FC 2, Eldwick 2.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 1 included: FC United of Baildon v New Armley postponed (again); Myrtle Park 4, Rocking Horse 1.

  FA Sunday Cup Round 1: FC Walkers Hounds v Leeds City Rovers home walkover.



Sunday 20th October 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Myrtle Park 1, Burton Leonard 1; Shadwell United 3, Eldwick 3; Yeadon FC 2, Rawdon FC 1.

  Leeds City Rovers 8, FC West Leeds 0 (I think this was the League Cup Round 1, but not sure...)

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 1: FC United of Baildon 4, New Armley 1. (Baildon now play ourselves in Round 2, 3rd November.)

  LDFA Sunday Senior Cup Quarter-Final: Hunslet Club 0, Whitkirk Wanderers 4.

  Other Quarter-Finals: Leeds City Rovers v HT Sports; Sheepscar v Horsforth Fairweather; to be played 17th November.

  Outstanding Round 1 tie: Main Line Social 3, Kirkstall Crusaders 3 (Main Line won 4-3 on pens). Main Line away to New Armley in Quarter-Finals, presumably also 17th November.

  Wharfedale FA Sunday Cup Round 1 (thought I'd include this as several teams from our league are in it): FC Milford of Bramhope 7, Saltaire Rangers 1; Ventus United v FC County postponed. Byes: AFC Titans; Atlanta; Burley Trojans Veterans; Burton Leonard; Esholt; FC West Leeds (Combination); FC West Leeds (Wharfedale); Harrogate Veterans; K Town United; Markington; Otley Town Veterans; Rawdon FC; Yeadon Athletic; Yeadon FC.

  Bradford FA Sunday Cup Round 2 included: Salts 2, Westwood Park 4.



Sunday 27th October 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Keighley Athletic v Horsforth Fairweather postponed due to bereavement.

  Other league games: Eldwick v Yeadon FC postponed; Horsforth Saints 0, Salts 6; Rawdon FC v FC United of Baildon postponed; Leeds City Rovers v Burton Leonard postponed.

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Sunday 3rd November 2019 (WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 2):
Horsforth Fairweather 1 FC United of Baildon 3

Team: Postle, Lancaster, B.Canning, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Howarth, Thorp, Francis, Hawes, Pickering, Riley. Subs: Skillern, C.Jones, LD.Monaghan. Scorer: Hawes. Cautioned: Hawes (Unsporting Behaviour).

  In spite of the four-week gap since our previous game, Horsforth made just the one change of personnel, Matty Pickering starting in midfield. There were however a series of positional changes brought about by the absence of central defender Phil Smith: a switch to 4-4-2 for a start, with George Lancaster and Ben Canning orthodox full-backs and a four-man midfield featuring Kev Hoyle and Henry Riley wide and Jamie Francis and Matty central. Jamie, stand-in Manager for the last three games, reclaimed the captain's armband.

  The first half saw Horsforth playing the better football, strong and well-organised behind the ball and looking dangerous every time the ball went to our strikers. The lead goal seemed inevitable, and duly arrived after 21 minutes. Thorpy outnumbered but undaunted down the right wing, won a ball he had no right to win, and squared it across the penalty area for James Hawes to bundle in at the far post. Frankly, the one-goal lead was no more than our superiority merited at this stage of the contest, and we could and perhaps should have had a couple more by the half-hour mark. After that, however, the away side made an early substitution, and the game became a lot more even. By the break, just a single goal to the good, we knew we were in for a tough second half, especially so when Jamie had to leave the pitch injured.

  Horsforth changed to a 4-3-3 shape after the interval, Steve Skillern on as a left-sided attacker. By now the assured defending of the first half was just a memory though, and the away side quickly equalised with a soft, but undisputed, penalty, then took the lead when a deep free-kick was headed down to an unmarked striker. It would be harsh to say Horsforth were second-best at this stage - we were still creating half-chances, and were denied two very good shouts for penalties ourselves - but it did seem the initiative had passed from us. There was a brief moment of Sunday football history, as two of the Baildon lads talked their way into the Sin Bin, meaning they were forced to play with ten men for twenty minutes all told, but this didn't turn the tide our way as might have been hoped. A third goal for the visitors arrived when we were caught giving the ball away while chasing the game, flattering them a bit I thought but by that point they were looking worthy winners.

  So, a rather disappointing defeat, from a game which at one stage we looked to be in control of, not the first time we've said that in recent months. Injuries and absences continue to take their toll of another HFFC season, but we're not doing a lot wrong, in my opinion anyway, playing some great football in patches and morale as high as ever, just need to try and get all our players back before the season is over.

  Other Round 2 ties included: AFC Titans 2, Leeds City Rovers 10; Burton Leonard 7, AFC Chickenley 2; Myrtle Park 4, Salts 2; Peacock Wakefield v Keighley Athletic postponed; Rawdon FC v Beck & Call postponed; West Bowling 10, Horsforth Saints 1.

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Sunday 10th November 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  FC United of Baildon v Horsforth Fairweather postponed - pitch waterlogged.

  Other league games: Leeds City Rovers 5, Eldwick 0; Myrtle Park v Shadwell United postponed.

  League Cup Round 1: Burton Leonard 6, Horsforth Saints 0; FC Milford of Bramhope v Rawdon FC postponed; Yeadon Athletic v Keighley Athletic postponed; Yeadon FC 1, Salts 4.



Sunday 17th November 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Salts v Horsforth Fairweather postponed - pitch waterlogged.

  LDFA Sunday Senior Cup Quarter-Finals: Leeds City Rovers 1, HT Sports 5; New Armley v Main Line Social postponed. (Whitkirk Wanderers already through to Semi-Finals.)

  League game: Shadwell United v FC United of Baildon postponed.

  Wharfedale FA Sunday Cup Round 2: Burley Trojans Veterans v Yeadon FC postponed; Burton Leonard v AFC Titans postponed; Esholt v FC West Leeds (Combination) postponed; Markington v Otley Town Veterans - away walkover; Rawdon FC v Atlanta postponed; FC West Leeds (Wharfedale) 5, FC Milford of Bramhope 2; Harrogate Veterans 6, Yeadon Athletic 3. (Round 1): Ventus United v FC County postponed.

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Sunday 24th November 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Horsforth Fairweather 5 Yeadon FC 4

Team: Postle, C.Jones, B.Canning, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Howarth, Pickering, Francis, Lancaster, Hawes, Riley. Subs: Skillern, Thorp, LD.Monaghan, Donkin; unused sub: H.Canning. Scorers: Pickering, Hawes 2, Thorp, Francis (pen).

  Only one actual change of personnel again today, though quite a big reshuffle as a consequence. Chris Jones came into the side at right-back, with George Lancaster moving up to the forward line. With the formation switched to 4-3-3 again, Henry Riley also moved forward making a three-man attack with James Hawes.

  Despite the heavy pitch, both teams made a go at playing decent football in the first half. Horsforth knocked the ball around well, and went in front on 17 minutes when Matty Pickering volleyed into the net from some distance with the away keeper grasping thin air. But defensive issues continued to cause concern, and Yeadon hit back to take the lead, with two goals which were both well-struck shots, but should really have been prevented at source. At half-time, we felt we'd been the better team overall, but knew we'd have to work hard for any sort of result.

  And it got even harder within a few minutes of the restart with another goal wastefully conceded when we'd had enough chances to clear the ball beforehand, and should have been able to deal with the cross anyway. We hit back immediately when Kev Hoyle's 8th minute chip over the top deceived the Yeadon defenders and bounced around the danger area before Hawesy beat the keeper from close range. Thorpy and Steve Skillern come off the bench at this stage, and it's no exaggeration to say this double substitution turned the game our way quite decisively. Within a minute, Thorpy went through on his own and equalised with a shot from a narrow angle. Five minutes later, Dave Howarth's free kick from deep was met with a glancing back header from Hawesy, and we were in front. In the 20th minute, Skilly was fouled in the box, and Jamie Francis put the penalty away. Yet, having splendidly turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead, Horsforth were unable to capitalise on the well-earned advantage, nor to close the game down. The pattern of the match changed once more, as the away side settled their defensive shape down a bit and began to get on top in midfield, while Horsforth dropped ever deeper in response. The score was pegged back to 5-4 in the 33rd minute, a breakaway from one of our own set pieces, and the remainder of the contest was something of a rearguard action. We still had a few subs available, and introduced Luke Monaghan in midfield, then debutant Chris Donkin in defence. By the time the referee blew the full-time whistle, I'd say we had weathered the storm and were looking the stronger side again, but we were still glad to hear that whistle.

  We faced a more than decent team today, hard working, full of running and with a keen eye for goal. That we came away with the points should probably be seen as a fair achievement as I suspect they'll take points off some of the better sides in this league. If we did things wrong today, we also did a lot of things right, and I'd say the current HFFC side, while not quite the finished article in some respects, is still a formidable unit, and will hopefully get better as the season goes on and our squad gets deeper again.

  Other league games: Eldwick 1, Salts 3; Horsforth Saints 1, Leeds City Rovers 8; Myrtle Park v FC United of Baildon postponed; Shadwell United v Burton Leonard postponed.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 2: Peacock Wakefield v Keighley Athletic; Rawdon FC 4, Beck & Call 0.

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Sunday 1st December 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Yeadon FC v Horsforth Fairweather postponed - all games on pitches called off.

  Other league games: Eldwick v Horsforth Saints postponed; Shadwell United v Salts postponed.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 3 included: FC United of Baildon 1, Peacock Bar 1 (Baildon won 4-1 on pens); Hollins Home v Rawdon FC postponed; Leeds City Rovers 1, Westwood Park 2; Myrtle Park v Bolton Woods postponed; Northern v Burton Leonard postponed; and Round 2 included: Peacock Wakefield v Keighley Athletic postponed.

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Sunday 8th December 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Horsforth Fairweather 6 Eldwick 3

Team: Postle, Donkin, B.Canning, Hoyle, C.Jones, Howarth, Lancaster, Francis, Litvinov, Hawes, Skillern. Subs: Riley, Pickering. Scorers: Skillern 2, Litvinov 2, Hawes 2.

  For this hastily-rearranged game in awful conditions, Horsforth brought new recruit Chris Donkin into a three-man back line, alongside Dave Howarth and Chris Jones. George Lancaster and Ben Canning were the wing-backs with Jamie Francis, Kev Hoyle and the welcome return of Gary Litvinov in midfield. Steve Skillern joined James Hawes up front. Jonathan Postle was in goal as usual.

  A bizarre first half saw Horsforth struggle at first defensively, and we could have been a couple of goals adrift before the 10th minute, when George's accurate right-wing cross was met by Skilly's head and we were in front. The game swung our way quite dramatically at this point. With twelve minutes gone, Dave's beautiful free kick from the left found Gary who scored with a powerful close-range header, and two minutes after that Jamie's delightful through ball was controlled by Hawesy for a third. On 23 minutes, with the away side's defence falling to bits, Hawesy coolly took the ball round the stranded Eldwick keeper, and the lead was an astonishing 4-0. What could go wrong? Well, the visitors might have been excused for throwing in the towel, but they deserve great credit for the way they reorganised, and before too long they were the ones playing the better football. They tore through our defence to pull one goal back on 36 minutes, and four minutes later a free-kick from some distance found the wall unusually ineffective and Pos unable to get to the shot in time. The 4-2 scoreline at the interval gave more than a bit of cause for concern.

  Rightly so. A few minutes into the second period, we gave the ball away particularly badly in a dangerous area, and at 4-3 it now seemed more likely we'd end up losing than winning. What saved the day was - in my opinion - the fact that we still had a couple of effective subs to bring on whereas the away side had a bare 11 players to see them through the 90 minutes. Henry Riley helped to regain the initiative in midfield again, George shoring up the defence, and I'd say the balance was back with us by the time we scored the fifth goal with 15 minutes left. It was a strange one though, a stray backpass from an Eldwick defender setting up Gary for the chance, but he took it with his usual aplomb. Matt Pickering added even more stability to the team for the latter stages of the game, by now Horsforth looking clearly the stronger side, and a final flourish from Skilly four minutes from the end set the seal on what probably looks on paper a fairly impressive win.

  It wasn't. Even allowing for the conditions and the team changes forced upon us, this was bit of a Jekyll and Hyde performance from Horsforth, some glorious stuff going forward but more than few chances spurned, a defence that looked solid for long phases of the game but went to pieces on a couple of occasions. My own impression was that, if Eldwick had brought a couple of subs with them, they could well have gone on to win the match. Much credit for the way we overcame the period of adversity, but, if we can't play great football for 90 minutes every week, we at least need to learn how to avoid these spells when we take our collective eyes off the ball.

  Other league games: Salts 1, FC United of Baildon 1; Leeds City Rovers 3, Shadwell United 1.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 3 included: Hollins Home v Rawdon FC postponed; Myrtle Park 0, Bolton Woods 5; Northern v Burton Leonard postponed; and Round 2 included: Peacock Wakefield v Keighley Athletic.

  WTFL League Cup Round 1: Yeadon Athletic v Keighley Athletic postponed.

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Sunday 15th December 2019 (LDFA Sunday Senior Cup Quarter-Final):
Sheepscar 5 Horsforth Fairweather 1

Team: Postle, Lancaster, B.Canning, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Smith, Thorp, Francis, Litvinov, Hawes, Skillern. Subs: H.Canning, C.Jones, Pickering. Scorer: Francis.

  The much-delayed Sunday Cup quarter-final found Horsforth once again much changed at the back, where George Lancaster and Ben Canning switched to full-backs and Tom Wilson and Phil Smith came back into the side as central defenders in front of regular goalie Jonathan Postle. Kev Hoyle, Jamie Francis and Gary Litvinov made up a three-man midfield, with James Thorp joining James Hawes and Steve Skillern in attack.

  We looked to be in contention early on, creating as many chances as the home team, but came undone in the 18th minute as the back four waited in vain for an offside decision that wasn't forthcoming, and we were a goal down. From this point, it went downhill rapidly, as the home side began to dominate the game, with our recent defensive uncertainties resurfacing yet again. Sheepscar quickly doubled their lead from another move that should have been stopped at source, then made it 3-0 with a long range strike of exceptional quality. Horsforth sneaked back into the game when Thorpy's cunning left-wing corner baffled the defence and was bundled home by Jamie, and for a while it looked like we might be staging somewhat of a recovery, but a fourth goal just before the break, conceded maddeningly from our own free-kick, left us very much chasing the result.

  Stand-in Manager Jamie made a change at the break, bring on Ben Canning's brother Harry on the right of midfield as we switched to a do-or-die 3-4-3 formation. The contest was a lot more even in the second half, though I must admit it always seemed like the outcome was already assured. Further changes were made, Matty Pickering in midfield and Chris Jones in defence, maybe you'd say we were on damage limitation at this point, but I thought we gave a decent account of ourselves overall from here on. As it transpired, the only goal of the second period was a particularly dubious penalty for the home team, but I have to say the 5-1 final score was a pretty fair reflection of the game.

  The inquest...? Well, firstly you have to give most of the credit to the home team, who were excellent in just about every department. Horsforth played some nice football going forward, but never quite got that last pass to its target. We weren't exactly overrun in midfield either, though we didn't get our normal passing game going, largely due to the fitness and work-rate of the Sheepscar players. I'd say this was a below-average display from Horsforth, who needed to be rock solid defensively if we were ever going to get anything from the game, but paid the penalty for spells of disorganisation and over-reliance on offside.

  Other LDFA Quarter-Final: New Armley v Main Line Social postponed. (HT Sports and Whitkirk Wanderers already through to Semi-Finals.)

  LDFA Sunday District Cup Quarter-Final: Little London 4, Horsforth Saints 2.

  Wharfedale FA Sunday Cup Round 2: Burley Trojans Veterans v Yeadon FC; Burton Leonard v AFC Titans; Esholt v FC West Leeds (Combi); Rawdon v Atlanta all postponed. Round 1: Ventus United v FC County (Winners away to K Town United in Round 2).

  League games: FC United of Baildon v Eldwick postponed; Salts v Keighley Athletic postponed.

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Sunday 22nd December 2019 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Horsforth Saints 0, Keighley Athletic 5; FC United of Baildon 5, Shadwell United 0; Rawdon FC 3, Salts 6; Leeds City Rovers 6, Yeadon FC 0.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 3 included: Northern v Burton Leonard - away walkover I'm told.

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Sunday 5th January 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Leeds City Rovers 0 Horsforth Fairweather 0

Team: Postle, Lancaster, Shapland, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Howarth, Thorp, Pickering, Litvinov, Riley, Skillern. Subs: H.Canning, B.Canning; unused sub: C.Jones.

  Three weeks on from the Sunday Cup exit, Horsforth faced the Wharfedale Triangle's undefeated champions with yet more team changes forced on us by the absence of top scorer James Hawes, defensive stalwart Phil Smith and club captain Jamie Francis. So, we moved Gary Litvinov into the attack, and brought Henry Riley and Matty Pickering into the side in midfield, alongside Kev Hoyle. There was some good news, the welcome return to the defence of Dave Howarth and, at long last, Dave Shapland.

  The result was actually a thoroughly solid performance from start to finish. George Lancaster, Tom Wilson and the two Daves dealt with the threat from the City strikers quite admirably, and when called upon Jonathan Postle was in fine form behind them. The midfield played some simple but effective stuff, nice passing moves (which of course we hadn't been able to do in the mud at Chapeltown) and more efficient at getting the ball forward to the strikers Steve Skillern, Thorpy and Gary, all dangerous in their own way and any one of them more than capable of settling a game at this level. Skilly had perhaps the best chance of the first half, his shot well saved, and the best shout for a penalty, turned down by the referee. Overall, I'd venture to say we were the better side over the 45 minutes, but it would be wrong to deny City had their moments too, and the game was very much in the balance at the interval.

  And to be honest, that's how it stayed. The home side came a bit more into the game after the break, and there were a few moments when class defending was required, plus as always the safe hands of Pos (and on one occasion, his feet), but as the game opened out we had a couple of superb opportunities, notably when Thorpy almost took the ball round the City keeper and when Gary's close-range header was somehow palmed away. Horsforth brought both the Canning brothers into the fray for the last 15 minutes or so, but were unable to break the deadlock. Fair to say, either team might have won it, equally fair perhaps to admit neither side deserved to lose.

  So, the first nil-nil since 2010 (Pudsey Libs, since you ask), a game that deserves to be remembered more for the performance than the result, but worth bearing in mind these were the first points Leeds City have dropped at home since joining the Wharfedale Triangle. For Horsforth, other tough games lie ahead, but for now I'd say rumours of the season being dead seem to have been greatly exaggerated...

  Other league games: Myrtle Park 2, Eldwick 1; Burton Leonard 6, Shadwell United 1; Salts 4, Yeadon FC 2.

  WTFL League Cup Round 1: Yeadon Athletic 1, Keighley Athletic 4.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 3 included: Hollins Home v Rawdon FC - abandoned according to County FA web site.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 4 included: FC United of Baildon 0, Rock Inn 1. Burton Leonard v Main Line Social or Crossflatts Village turned out to be walkover for Burton Leonard.

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Sunday 12th January 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Horsforth Fairweather 0 Salts 0

Team: Postle, Lancaster, Shapland, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Howarth, Thorp, Pickering, Litvinov, Hawes, Riley. Subs: Thorpe, C.Jones; unused subs: B.Canning, H.Canning, Smith. Cautioned: Pickering, Thorp (both unsporting behaviour).

  Horsforth made just the one change, forced on us by the non-HFFC injury to Steve Skillern. But top scorer James Hawes was available again, and came into the side in midfield, Henry Riley moving over to the left.

  The heavy pitch meant there was to be little chance to repeat the quality football from last week, but nevertheless both sides did their best to play some decent stuff, and the first half was far from uneventful. Horsforth's defence continued to look strong, our approach play was at times inspired and the work-rate admirable. The game was inevitably punctuated by errors, but for that I'd say the conditions were mostly to blame.

  As the second half wore on, Horsforth if anything grew stronger, and looked the fitter team before the 90 minutes were up. We were able to bring on two defenders as subs, the worthy Chris Jones and new recruit Tom Thorpe (no relation), allowing George Lancaster and Dave Howarth the rare luxury of a move into midfield. As it began to look ever more likely the contest would be settled by the odd goal, we also switched Hawesy to the striker's role, as we searched for that vital breakthrough. While it's true we could have lost the game through one mistake, I'd venture to say we were by some way the more likely winners in the concluding stages, but for the second week running (never, since you ask!) the match ended scoreless.

  Yes, we really needed to win this one, and were disappointed to end with just the one point, same as last week. However, there were many positives from this game too: the defence is as solid as it's been for a long while, the side's fitness level is impressive, and the squad is looking a bit deeper than hitherto. So that's a point off the undefeated league champions, and a point off the (also undefeated) league leaders: we just need to channel the improved performances into results now.

  Other league games: Burton Leonard v FC United of Baildon postponed; Keighley Athletic v Eldwick postponed; Shadwell United v Leeds City Rovers postponed; Yeadon FC v Myrtle Park postponed.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 3 included: Hollins Home v Rawdon FC - postponed yet again.

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Sunday 19th January 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Shadwell United 0 Horsforth Fairweather 6

Team: Postle, C.Jones, Shapland, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Howarth, Thorp, Riley, Litvinov, Hawes, Pickering. Subs: Thorpe, B.Canning, LD.Monaghan, Francis; unused sub: Smith. Scorers: Howarth, Thorp, Hawes 3, Litvinov. Cautioned: Thorp (unsporting behaviour).

  Horsforth made just the one change in personnel, Chris Jones starting at right-back in the absence of George Lancaster, but altered the shape a bit, with James Hawes and Thorpy operating as a front two, and Gary Litvinov reverting to midfield.

  The game was in doubt until shortly before the kick-off, due to the hard ground, and the opening phases were indecisive, Horsforth having more of the ball but not really making any clear-cut chances. All that changed in the 14th minute when Dave Howarth's free kick from the right was only half-cleared, and the set piece taker himself followed up to volley us into the lead. It was a precarious one for a while, as the home team, strong and physical, started to dominate the midfield, and we were asked to call on our defence more than once to keep them at bay. But Horsforth always seemed to have that extra touch of class when needed, and in the 29th minute an astonishing through pass from Dave, deep in his own half, found Thorpy in space, and the Horsforth striker coolly strode past the remnants of the Shadwell defence before inevitably making it 2-0. This turn of events ushered in a very good spell for us, and we might have had a goal or two more before the break, but at half-time we knew we still had work to do.

  As it turned out, the home team enjoyed their own best spell early in the second period, as their hard-working midfield combined with our propensity for conceding free kicks caused more than a few moments of concern. Fifteen minutes in, Gary went on a great run down the left, and his low cross was met at the far post for a tap-in from Hawesy. At 3-0, the points always looked to be ours, but the home team never gave up, and we still had to work hard for the clean sheet, Tom Thorpe making another impressive appearance from the bench to bolster the defence. On 28 minutes Dave's corner bounced clear to Gary, who bundled his shot into the net from close range, and with Ben Canning on as sub down the left we continued to torment the home team down this channel. In the 34th minute, Thorpy's persistence resulted in his having an opportunity to cross from the left, and Hawesy was on hand again to do the necessary. Two more subs were thrown on: Luke Monaghan up front and the welcome return from injury of club captain Jamie Francis. The final goal arrived in the 44th minute, Ben's left-wing cross being headed home by Hawesy for his hat-trick, and 6-0 it ended.

  There had been a general feeling in the last few weeks that Horsforth had turned something of a corner from the relatively indifferent form of the first half of the season. A couple of good results, and more importantly outstanding performances, against the league's top two sides, had been very welcome of course, but today we wanted the points from one of the division's (supposedly) weaker sides, and duly took them in a manner suggesting that we have indeed taken things up a level. I'd say on reflection this game wasn't anywhere near as easy as the scoreline would suggest, the home team were combative and motivated, and as already mentioned there were phases when they seemed to be getting on top of us. But we held firm at the back when required, and exploited our range of attacking talent when we could. The defence worked well as a unit, our passing was inspired in difficult conditions and every time we got the ball down we looked dangerous. A good day's work.

  Other league games: Eldwick 2, Horsforth Saints 1; Keighley Athletic v FC United of Baildon postponed; Leeds City Rovers 2, Salts 1.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Round 3 included: Hollins Home 4, Rawdon FC 2.

  LDFA Sunday Senior Cup Quarter-Final: New Armley 0, Main Line Social 4. (HT Sports, Sheepscar and Whitkirk Wanderers already through to Semi-Finals.)

  Wharfedale FA Sunday Cup Round 2: Burley Trojans Veterans 2, Yeadon FC 2 (Yeadon won on penalties); Burton Leonard 1, AFC Titans 3; Esholt 1, FC West Leeds (Combi) 5; Rawdon v Atlanta away walkover for some reason. Round 1: Ventus United 6, FC County 1.

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Sunday 26th January 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Cup Round 2):
Pudsey Athletic 6 Horsforth Fairweather 2

Team: Postle, C.Jones, Shapland, Hoyle, Thorpe, Howarth, Thorp, Francis, Pickering, Hawes, Riley. Subs: Smith, B.Canning, H.Canning, LD.Monaghan. Scorers: Hoyle, H.Canning. Sent off: Howarth (Denying goalscoring opportunity), Thorp (Second caution for dissent).

  Other Round 2 games: AFC Daisy 3, Shadwell United 0; FC Milford of Bramhope or Rawdon FC v Keighley Athletic (date TBA); Myrtle Park 1, Shipley Town 2; Saltaire Rangers 2, Salts Reserves 4; Sporting Pudsey 0, Leeds City Rovers 1. Salts and Burton Leonard byes (due to various Championship teams dropping out).

  WTFL League Cup Round 1: FC Milford of Bramhope 4, Rawdon FC 6.

  Revised Round 3 draw... AFC Daisy v Burton Leonard; Rawdon FC or Keighley Athletic v Pudsey Athletic; Shipley Town v Salts Reserves; Salts v Leeds City Rovers.

  League games: Eldwick 2, Yeadon FC 3; Horsforth Saints 2, FC United of Baildon 2; Salts 1, Burton Leonard 4.

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Sunday 2nd February 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Salts v Horsforth Fairweather postponed, pitch damaged.

  Other league games: Eldwick 1, Myrtle Park 0; FC United of Baildon v Horsforth Saints postponed; Yeadon FC 0, Leeds City Rovers 11.

  WTFL League Cup Round 2: Keighley Athletic 12, Rawdon FC 1.

  WRCFA County Sunday Cup Quarter-Finals included: Burton Leonard v Shepherds Arms seems to have been postponed.



Sunday 9th February 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Rawdon v Horsforth Fairweather postponed.

  Other league games: Burton Leonard v Horsforth Saints; Eldwick v FC United of Baildon; Myrtle Park v Salts; Shadwell United v Yeadon FC - all postponed.



Sunday 16th February 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Horsforth Fairweather v Shadwell United postponed, all games on Leeds parks pitches called off by council.

  Other league games: Eldwick v Keighley Athletic; FC United of Baildon v Salts; Leeds City Rovers v Horsforth Saints; Myrtle Park v Rawdon FC - all postponed.

  Wharfedale FA Sunday Cup Round 2: K Town United v Ventus United postponed; Quarter-Finals: Harrogate Veterans 7, FC West Leeds (Combi) 0; Otley Town Veterans v Atlanta; Yeadon FC v AFC Titans postponed. Remaining Quarter-Final, date TBA: K Town United or Ventus United v FC Milford of Bramhope.



Sunday 23rd February 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Horsforth Fairweather v Myrtle Park postponed, all games on Leeds parks pitches called off by council.

  Other league games: Horsforth Saints v Rawdon FC; Shadwell United v FC United of Baildon; Yeadon FC v Eldwick - all postponed.

  WTFL League Cup Round 3: AFC Daisy v Burton Leonard; Keighley Athletic v Pudsey Athletic; Salts v Leeds City Rovers; Shipley Town v Salts Reserves - all postponed.



Sunday 1st March 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Burton Leonard v Horsforth Fairweather postponed, pitch waterlogged.

  Other league games: Keighley Athletic v FC United of Baildon postponed (not 0-0 as first reported); Leeds City Rovers 8, Rawdon FC 2; Salts v Eldwick postponed; Shadwell United v Myrtle Park postponed; Yeadon FC v Horsforth Saints postponed.

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Sunday 8th March 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):
Horsforth Saints 3 Horsforth Fairweather 3

Team: Postle, Harrison, C.Jones, Hoyle, T.Wilson, Smith, Pickering, Francis, LD.Monaghan, Hawes, Riley. Subs: B.Canning, Roper. Scorers: Hawes 2, Harrison.

  On a long-awaited return to league action, injuries, suspensions and no-shows more or less dictated the team selection for the all-important Horsforth derby. Jonathan Postle continued in goal, the season's only ever-present. The back four saw Tom Wilson and Phil Smith in the middle, with Chris Jones switching to left-back, and, after over a year out injured, Craig Harrison lining up on the right. The midfield was less affected, Matty Pickering and Henry Riley changing wings and Kev Hoyle and Jamie Francis continuing in the centre, while up front Luke Monaghan started for the first time this season, alongside James Hawes.

  Despite early misgivings, Fairweather settled the quicker, and went in front on 8 minutes as Kev's pass found Hawesy, who lobbed the ball into the net from outside the box. With 14 minutes played, Hawesy's neat footwork down the left gave him a chance to cross, and Craig's accurate header doubled the lead. We had a few more chances to sew the match up around this point, but didn't take them, and the home team gradually came into the game more as the half wore on. It wasn't much of a surprise when they hit one back five minutes before the break with a free-kick that took a couple of deflections before going in, but when the equaliser arrived right on the whistle, a glancing header at a corner, the scene was set for a very tight second half.

  We were forced to use our only fully fit sub, Ben Canning, at the break, replacing Phil, with Jonesy moving to the centre-back role. The second half was a fairly even affair, both teams had chances, I'd have to admit maybe Saints had slightly more of them than us, but we stole the lead again on 23 minutes when Jamie's cross from the left was headed home powerfully by Hawesy from beyond the far post. It didn't last long though, just eight minutes elapsing before the home team were level again, this time a very simple ball into our box and an unchallenged striker getting his head to the ball before the onrushing keeper. Another club servant returning from long-term injury, Olly Roper, was brought on for the last few minutes as the contest hung in the balance, and there was one astonishing open goal miss from the home side, but in the end a draw was perhaps a fair enough result.

  In my opinion, a point wasn't a bad return from a game when we had so many players absent for various reasons. It hadn't been a great performance, for which perhaps we could blame the conditions, but the players we had on duty had all shown great commitment, and I'd say character, throughout. A game we badly wanted to win, maybe needed to win, but a game we might easily have lost.

  Other league games: Eldwick 4, Rawdon FC 1; Leeds City Rovers 3, Burton Leonard 3; Myrtle Park 0, FC United of Baildon 2; Salts 3, Keighley Athletic 3; Shadwell United 2, Yeadon FC 0.

  Wharfedale FA Sunday Cup Quarter-Final: Otley Town Veterans 1, Atlanta 7.

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Sunday 15th March 2020 (Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division):

  Horsforth Fairweather v Shadwell United postponed.

  We had two players in self-isolation due to the coronavirus, and under the circumstances the opposition were not prepared to accept the risk, so the game was called off. For the record, we were prepared to play, but fully understand and support their decision.

  Other league games: Eldwick v Leeds City Rovers - away walkover; FC United of Baildon 4, Burton Leonard 1; Rawdon FC 4, Horsforth Saints 3; Salts 5, Myrtle Park 4.

  Wharfedale FA Sunday Cup Round 2: K Town United 2, Ventus United 9; Quarter-Final: Yeadon FC 2, AFC Titans 1. Remaining Quarter-Final, date TBA: Ventus United v FC Milford of Bramhope.

  Semi-finals: Atlanta v Yeadon FC, 19th April; Harrogate Veterans v Ventus United or FC Milford of Bramhope, date TBA.

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