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District League teams should be proud of cup performances

FOR the second successive month of Huddersfield FA Cup and Trophy fixtures, shocks have been a rarity.

FOR the second successive month of Huddersfield FA Cup and Trophy fixtures, shocks have been a rarity.

But there are three District League sides who must be proud of their performances.

Kirkheaton Rovers and Britannia Sports from Division II and Upperthong from Division III were all drawn against County Amateur League opposition.

Whether it was a little complacency on behalf of their opponents or whether the District League teams raised their game, the matches were still in the balance right to the end.

Fourth in Division II, Kirkheaton Rovers were set the stiffest task when they were drawn at home to Bay Athletic.

To make matters worse for manager Danny Aylward, he was without seven players – modern day stag dos have a lot to answer for.

He was realistic in that his set up was defensive with the hope of a chance on the breakaway.

When Rob Holroyd scored for the Rovers, his plan seemed to be working but just before half-time, the pendulum swung in Bay’s favour. First a headed own goal made the tie level and then just before the break, Rovers were 2-1 down.

Bay’s superior class then took over and they went 3-1 in front. Perhaps they then took their foot off the pedal as Rovers regular third teamer and substitute on the day, Richard Whalley, scored to make the score 3-2.

Although at the that stage there was only a single goal between the teams, Bay were always on top and finished the scoring late on to end as 4-2 winners, but Kirkheaton took plenty from the game.

Upperthong are 10th in Division III and they were paired against Marsden. Like Kirkheaton, Upperthong also took the lead. A Phil Barber cross was headed home by Chris Dimpelow and, shortly after, an incident took place which could have had a bearing on the outcome.

The Thong then claimed a goal but were sympathetic towards the referee, who without the help of assistants, was unable to be certain if the ball had crossed the line.

Marsden, having ridden their luck, assumed control and mid way through the second half, they were 3-1 to the good.

Dave Peat pulled one back for the Thong but despite having a couple of half chances, they could not find an equaliser.

Perhaps the side who can claim to be the unluckiest are Britannia Sports, 10th in Division II.

They travelled to Golcar and after 30 minutes they were 2-0 in front. Firstly Josh Redshaw scored direct from a free kick and Daniel Walker half-volleyed home for the second.

A goal each side of the break meant that Golcar were level at 2-2 and after 65 minutes, the County Am side must have thought they had won the match when they went 3-2 in front.

Britannia fought back and levelled the tie at 3-3 with a goal from Keiran Lenihan 10 minutes from time.

Britannia’s search for a winner proved their undoing, however, as a long clearance by Golcar from their own penalty box cleared the defence and a forward latched on to it and scored – 4-3 Golcar.

The referee reported there were 24 seconds to play but it was still enough time for Britannia to work a one-on-one chance, only for full time to be called before the player could shoot.

After losing their last three League games, Division II Slaithwaite United recorded their second 4-0 Huddersfield FA Cup win, this time beating Division I team Moldgreen.

Nick Spurr opened the scoring in the 20th minute following an Ashley Beardsall corner. Spurr added his second in the 35th minute, this time being supplied by a Greg Bower free kick. The tie was over in the 65th minute when Gary Holmes created a chance for Chris Wilkins to head home the third. The scoring was completed 10 minutes from time when Josh Lang netted.

 

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