HEPWORTH United reached their second semi-final of the season when they overcame neighbours New Mill in the Barlow Cup – but only after penalties.
Having lost in the Sheffield FA Challenge Cup last four, they now face Honley at Marsden on Monday (2.30) to see who will make the trip to the Galpharm.
The New Mill tie started badly for Hepworth when a tackle by their last man was deemed a foul and a red card was shown.
Benji Taylor gave Hepworth the lead 10 minutes after half-time.
It was all square 10 minutes later, however, and although plenty of chances came Hepworth’s way, they breathed a huge sigh of relief when New Mill missed a good chance in the final minute.
There were no goals in extra time and the Division I side reached the final with a 4-2 shoot-out win.
Because of bad weather, April has been reached and, unusually, not one divisional title has been settled.
Newsome’s challengers in the top flight are trying their best to make it easy for them.
Their two nearest rivals both dropped points – Lepton drawing 1-1 with Meltham while Shepley lost to the bottom club Wooldale.
Shepley’s season has fallen apart in the space of two games – both of which they lost 4-2.
Defeat at the hands of Lamb was followed by the loss to Wooldale.
Netherton remain favourites for Division II after their 4-2 win at Kirkheaton, but they have played only half their league fixtures.
Berry Brow beat Honley 2-1 to stay 11 points clear of Netherton, who have five games in hand.
Lamb Inn look booked for third place as all they can do is win their matches and hope the wheels fall off for one of the others.
Skelmanthorpe appear to have left it too late, but they have won their last six and are only four points behind Lamb.
Division III has been led by Holmbridge for almost the whole of the season.
Having won 14 of their 15 games, it will take a massive drop in form for them not to win the title.
They are being chased by Royal Dolphins, who beat second-bottom HV Academicals 2-1.
Dolphins are 10 points behind and have two games fewer.
The only other side that could upset the top two are Savile Town, who have 11 still to play.
At the bottom are AFC Waterloo, formerly Stag.
With just one point, they are almost certain to be the first to be relegated.
Shelley, in Division IV, are on course to become the first champions of the campaign.
Already promoted, they collected nine points last week, with six awarded because two clubs failed to fulfil fixtures against them.
They then beat FC Railway 7-1 and need only two points from two games to land the crown.
Heyside, who beat Hade Edge 6-2, are the only side that can catch them and these two, both relegated last season, look as if they are going back up together.
In Reserve Division I, only two points separate the top four, while in Reserve Division II, leaders Honley dropped a valuable two points when they could manage only a 3-3 draw with Wooldale.
The prospect of them hanging on to top position looks remote as Diggle A, with an 8-0 win over New Mill, are just a point behind with four games in hand.
Shelley seconds are emulating their first team. A 4-0 win over HV Academicals sealed promotion, and they need only three points to win the Reserve Division III title.