MELTHAM Athletic earned top bragging rights after beating rivals Bay Athletic 3-1 in an enthralling Huddersfield FA Challenge Cup third round match.
It was a highly anticipated tie with both teams looking contenders for West Riding County Amateur League glory.
Meltham playing uphill with the sun in their eyes took the lead on 27 minutes.
The ball went over the goalline by as much as two foot according to some spectators, but it was however not given, and a Bay player tried to clear the danger but only as far as George Dawson who made no mistake.
Bay, however, grabbed an equaliser when goalkeeper Adam Lawlor made a terrific save but the Meltham defence failed to clear it and McKenley Taylor turned it over the line, despite protestations that the ball hadn’t crossed the line this time.
The second half was much the same chances were few and far between, neither side getting a grip of the game.
But on 78 minutes Meltham won a corner and it was a poor one, easily knocked out by the Bay defence, but only as far as Tom Matthews who swung a leg at it 30 yards out and it flew into the top corner.
Then, with a minute to go, a neat interchanging move between the Mathews brothers, Tom and Adam, led to a cross being provided for unmarked Nathan Addy to tap the ball home to make it 3-1 and book Meltham’s place in the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere, District League outfits Newsome WMC and Sovereign Sports took the prized scalps of West Riding County Amateur League sides Golcar United and Storthes Hall, respectively.
District Division I mid-table side Newsome beat Golcar 2-1 while Hall went down 4-2 at Division II leaders Sovereign Sports.
With both regular centre-backs Morris and Bray unavailable, Storthes Hall’s makeshift defence were all at sea against a keen Sovereign side.
Home keeper Andy Crowther made a fine save, palming away a fierce drive from Jason Battye but the home team went ahead on 30 minutes when Ben Fox found space to beat John Sykes low into the corner.
Just before the break a home defender headed a Tunnacliffe corner against his own bar and from the corner Crowther reacted well to tip over Alex Slack’s header.
On 65 minutes the visitors equalised through Dion Smith but two minutes later Sean Carter found space round the back of the Hall defence to score with an angled drive.
Battye pulled another goal back for Hall but Sovereign surged down to the other end and scored through Fox before a quick break by Sovereigns in the last minute lead to a penalty awarded and Smith beat Sykes to seal victory.