SEVEN League cup matches were played in the various competitions and, of those, four were settled by a solitary goal.
That applied to both Barlow Cup games.
In January, Britannia Sports beat Lepton’s County Am team 1-0 in the Huddersfield FA Cup and, last week, they completed the double by beating their District League side by the same scoreline. It was a Kieran Lenihan goal 20 minutes from time that divided the sides.
In the other Barlow tie, Shepley had to come from behind before beating Moldgreen. Having trailed 1-0 at the break, two second-half goals from Sam Haigh and Jason Thorpe gave them a 2-1 win, but they then had to hang on as Moldgreen “threw the kitchen sink at them” in the last 15 minutes.
Linthwaite lost their first-round match in the Groom Cup but were reprieved when it was found out that their opponents had fielded an ineligible player.
They took advantage of this by beating New Mill 94 5-4. Linthwaite led five times in the game but New Mill 94 could only equalise four times. Linthwaite’s scorers were Sean Mee (2), Richard Metcalfe (2) and Darryl Haigh.
In the Richardson Cup there were wins for Cumberworth Reserves and Heywood Irish Centre Reserves.
However , the cup performance of the day belongs to a club who lost 4-3 after extra-time.
Division I team Uppermill faced County Am Premier Division leaders Bay Athletic and despite going behind early on, they found themselves 3-1 in front just after half-time.
By the hour mark, Bay had levelled and looked certain winners, but Uppermill weren’t going to go down without a fight and it was only after extra-time that they lost 4-3.
At the start of March, there has never been so many teams with chances of titles or promotion because there are still so many games to play.
In Division I, Hepworth had a 4-0 win over Meltham which extends their lead at the top to three points over Diggle, while Hepworth have a game in hand.
Newsome are third and Netherton fourth, but with three of the top four still having to play 13 games, no predictions can be made especially as Hepworth have still to face both Newsome and Diggle.
In Division III, it’s a case of no change at the top as all of them won, but there’s been movement at the bottom. Going into last week’s fixture, Paddock were on one point with HV Academicals below them without any. With only one side due to be relegated, this was a definite ‘six pointer’ and the Academicals gained their first points with a 3-0 win with goals from Clee (2) and Brown.
Division V was similar to Division III in that all the top five won with the exception of Linthwaite, who were involved in the Groom Cup, so AFC Waterloo still retain their top spot.
In Reserve Division I, Diggle Reserves are attempting to win the division for the fifth consecutive season but it’s going to be far from easy.
Following a 2-1 away against Westend Reserves, Newsome Reserves lead by three points from Diggle who have played a game fewer.
But it’s not just a two-club contest as the reserve sides of Cumberworth and Kirkheaton still have chances to do well.