Two of the Huddersfield and District League’s sides were action in the second round of the West Riding County Challenge Cup – one of them won through to the next stage while the other suffered a last minute exit.
Berry Brow, who have had a slow start to the season by their standards due to three long term injuries, entertained Thackley.
Their first hiccup game an hour before the kick off when the appointed referee had to withdraw and the Brow had to find a replacement – their problems ended there though.
Brow started well and took the lead after just two minutes with a goal from Alex Thomas.
Despite this early lead the match was an even contest and Thackley drew level just before half time and at that stage it would have difficult to pick the winner.
Two quick goals, one in the 53rd and the other in the 57th minutes gave Brow a 3-1 lead with both goals coming from Thomas and the hat trick followed his four against Newsome the week before.
This two-goal cushion did not last long as within a minute Thackley were back in the game at 3-2.
Despite this slight set back, Brow were on top but it wasn’t until the 79th minute that they were two in front again when substitute Tom Dyson scored.
Ten minutes later, it was 5–2 as Dyson scored the best goal of the game when he cut in from the right and fired home a left foot shot.
Thackley made the score a bit more respectable with another goal in added time. Brow have now reached the last 32 and will face Skipton LMS.
The other team from the League in County Cup action was Heywood Irish who can feel either that they were robbed or at least had their pocket picked as their failure to defend long throw ins cost them dearly.
With only regular keeper Kevin Ashe missing, Heywoods fielded their strongest team to face County Amateur League team Lepton Highlanders.
Heywoods took the lead when Ben Fox finished well from the edge of the box and after 30 minutes it was 2-0.
Keeper Andy Mellor’s quick throw started the move that when the length of the field and ended when Nathan Eastwood fired home.
At this stage, Heywoods were well on top mainly due to the midfield trio of Billy Callaghan, Daniel Carr and Craig Reid.
Things got even better when another left foot shot from Eastwood made it 3-0 at half time.
In the second period, Lepton fought back. Firstly, a mix up in the Heywood’s defence ended by them giving away a penalty that was fired home by Heywood’s former player Adam Bell.
Heywoods then conceded a second after a long throw in was bundled home and ten minutes from time, the fight was completed when Lepton equalised causing extra time.
In the first period, Eastwood was brought down in the box and Callaghan converted the spot kick as Heywoods led again.
This was followed in the second part of extra time by another Lepton goal from a long throw in and the tie was heading for penalties but this was not to be. With just 30 seconds to play, yet another long throw troubled the Heywood’s defence and the ball fell to ex-Heywoods man Bell who completed his hat trick and cruelly ended his former club’s cup run.
In the West Riding County Challenge Trophy, both Brook Motors and Meltham Athletic were beaten by Rotherham Town and Lindley Saddle respectively, but the League’s continued interest in this competition was certain because fourth division Salendine Nook had been drawn to play second division Kirkheaton Rovers and it was the Second Division side that progressed.
Two first half goals sealed the win. The first came when Johnny Askin netted after he found himself in a one-on-one situation with Nook’s keeper. James Arnold made it 2-0 just before the break.
Overall it was a close game played in a good spirit with Kirkheaton just having too much for their opposition.
They are now in the last 32 and will play Farsley Celtic Juniors open age team.
In league action, Newsome have an even stronger grip on the Division One title. They extended their winning League sequence to nine wins but were made to work hard for the second week in succession as they overcame Shepley 4-3.
Shepley had been in fourth position behind Newsome and sandwiched between them are Diggle and Holmfirth Town. With both these only drawing, Newsome’s lead now stands as six points with a game in hand.
Division Two has a new leader.
Skelmanthorpe faced bottom club KKS Spartans and both came away with a point – KKS being only the second team this season to take points of Skelmanthorpe, but they were close to taking all three points as they led 2-0 at the break. The new leaders are Heyside who beat Lepton 4-0. Below the top two, prior to last week’s matches, there were four teams all on 15 points.
Kirkheaton were in cup action so remain on 15 points.
Two of the sides met and Cumberworth just edged Aimbry by 4-3. Cumberworth move on to 18 points the same as HV Academicals who travelled to Linthwaite and came back with all three points winning 2- 1.
In Division Three, it a case of “as you were” as all the top five clubs registered wins which means Lindley are still three points clear of Marsden with Flockton a further two points adrift.
In Division Four, Almondbury Woolpack remain top following their 8-1 win at Cartworth Moor. The losers on the day were 3D Dynamos who went down 2-0 at home to Moorside.
Moorside reamin second but with wins for Junction and Uppermill, 3D Dynamos drop to fifth, but all the top five have an eye on Salendine Nook who have several games in hand.
The fight for both the Reserve Division Four title and the other promotion spot is destined for a close finish.
The top played each other in two matches and both were drawn affairs. Leaders Salendine Nook Res shared the points with second placed Fantastic Reserves while third placed Aimbry Reserves drew with Heyside A. Only a point seperates the top three but Heyside A are only seven points behind the leaders with three games in hand.