SKELMANTHORPE’S keeper Matt Shepherd was the hero as they booked a place in the Gee Cup final.
He made several fine saves to thwart Hade Edge in a closely-fought semi-final and help them clinch a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Richard Hinchliffe.
With a tricky wind and high bouncing ball, it was no surprise that the first half was goalless as Reserve Division III side Skelmanthorpe looked to break down their Division IV opponents.
Straight after the break Hade Edge looked the livelier and only some solid defensive blocking and sound keeping from Shepherd kept Skelmanthorpe in the game.
It was then Skelmanthorpe’s turn to attack and, in the space of five minutes, they struck the bar and took the lead.
Following a break from the halfway line, it was Hinchliffe who applied the finishing touch to break the deadlock.
Hade Edge responded and will probably think they deserved to take the tie into extra-time, but they were denied a great chance in the 85th minute by that man Shepherd, who certainly deserved to keep a clean sheet.
Skelmanthorpe will now face the winners of the other semi which is between Shelley Reserves and Britannia Sports A at Lepton on Tuesday.
In the Richardson Cup semi-finals, Newsome WMC Reserves progressed after overcoming Lepton Reserves.
Playing with the slope in their favour, Newsome took a 2-0 half-time lead with goals from Dave Thornton and Brett McDonagh. In the second period, the boot was on the other foot as Lepton did the bulk of the attacking, but it took them until the 85th minute to open their account with a Paul Gilbertson goal.
In the last five minutes of normal time and a few minutes of added on, the ball hardly left the Newsome penalty area with a succession of long throws and corners, but they managed to hold out.
Newsome are one of the few teams to reach a final, having lost in a previous round.
Upperthong beat them in the second round but played an ineligible player and Newsome were re-instated.
In the final they will play the winners of the Berry Brow v Diggle game which takes place at Holmbridge on Tuesday.
At the top of Division I, Newsome and Lepton were scuppered by the weather, but on Thursday Newsome bounced back from their Monday Barlow Cup semi-final defeat by putting six past Hepworth without reply.
They now have a five-point lead over Shepley, who have played one game more and are now seven clear of Lepton with two games in hand.
If First Division Newsome bounced back from their Barlow cup semi defeat, the opposite can be said of the victors in that semi, Netherton.
Their record showed 11 wins and a draw from 12 matches but they were they suffering from a hangover as they could only draw 4-4 with second-bottom Scissett despite a Dean Wharam hat-trick.
They still look odds-on to gain promotion but can’t afford many more results like this if they are to overhaul Berry Brow for the top spot.
It’s six points in five days for Division III leaders Holmbridge and it was music to their ears when they learned that Savile Town had beaten Royal Dolphins 2-0 on Thursday.
Mathematically, Holmbridge need another seven points to guarantee promotion and they have still five games to play.
The Savile Town-Dolphins result has now put a question mark over second spot in this division. The Dolphins are just eight points in front of Savile who have two games in hand.
Last Saturday, Division Four outfit Shelley became the first side to win some silverware when they beat second-placed Heyside 3-2. It could be an exceptional season for Shelley as their Reserves need only three points to win their division and both teams have reached the semi-finals of their cups.