ALL three scheduled matches in Division One of the District League went ahead.
Both Lepton and Scholes beat higher-placed opposition and consequently moved out of the bottom four.
Lepton beat fifth-placed Holmbridge 7-3 with two goals each from Cooke and Ianzito and a hat trick from Latham.
Scholes beat Netherton 3-1, taking almost all their chances while Netherton missed most of theirs.
The other game involved two clubs trying to avoid the one relegation spot.
Moldgreen had a run of six matches without a win behind them and played Shepley. The 2-0 win now places Moldgreen between Diggle and Shepley.
Diggle are currently bottom – three points behind Moldgreen and five points adrift of Shepley.
It’s the games in hand that could prove vital. Diggle have two games in hand of Moldgreen and four in hand of Shepley.
It’s been reported before that Division II Skelmanthorpe are renowned slow starters, but this season they have been joined by their second team.
The first XI started with three successive losses and since then have won five, drawn two and lost one, collecting 17 points out of a possible 24.
Their fifth win came last week in a 7-4 victory over Dalton Crusaders. Both sides traded blows in the first half and the score stood at 3-2 to Skelmanthorpe.
Dalton equalised just after the break and both teams fancied their chances at this stage, but two quick goals for Skelmanthorpe opened up a comfortable lead. Another two made it 7-3 before Dalton finished the scoring to leave a 7-4.
James Crosland scored one of Skelmanthorpe’s goals while Tom Barber added two. The other four came from the boot of Ben Dyson.
Their Reserves had a similar start, collecting only five points from their first six games. Since then, they have played another six games, but these have yielded 12 points.
Their win last week was, like the first team, a high-scoring affair – beating KKS Spartans Reserves 7-6, although the scoreline tells only part of the story.
Skelmanthorpe Reserves were 2-1 up after 45 minutes and, 20 minutes later, the game had turned upside down as KKS added five goals.
Skelmanthorpe then brought on James Gilbert and, shortly after, KKS were down to 10 men. This made Skelmanthorpe’s fightback easier and they gradually reduced the deficit with two being calmly-taken penalties by Richard Hinchliffe. The winner came from substitute Gilbert two minutes from time.
Following these wins, both teams at the club are now in fifth position – no certainties for promotion but sides to be feared by those around them.
It was a good day for away teams in the reserve section as there were six away winners from the 11 fixtures played.
Two of the away wins came in Reserve Division I and both ended 0-1.
Second-bottom Britannia Sports Reserves beat fourth-placed Kirkheaton Reserves and leaders Uppermill Reserves lost at home to third-placed Honley.
Having had a defeat in the cup, these results would have pleased second-placed Newsome.
The Cumberworth club may have lost two games in the Huddersfield FA cups, but their lower teams keep throwing up the odd shock. Two weeks ago it was the B team, but last week it was the A team.
They faced Reserve Division III leaders Hepworth United Reserves. Before kick-off, Hepworth were nine points clear at the top and 19 points above Cumberworth’s A team, so a 2-2 score must go down as a majorsurprise.
Reserve Division IV has a new leader.
The top two had their games called off so Scissett Reserves, who have games in hand, took advantage.
They beat Thornhill United Reserves 5-0 to go top and they still have games in hand on second and third, but fourth-placed Holmfirth Town could still catch them.