IN the last 14 days, four District League clubs have been involved in various County Cup competitions and the score stands as one won, two lost and one to try again.
The one to try again are Holmfirth Town, whose game away at Sheffield Medics was postponed.
The two losers were Uppermill, 3-2 after extra time to Stanningley OB, and Hepworth United, who went down 3-1 to County Am side Kirkburton.
The winners were Newsome, who walloped Whitkirk Wanderers with a remarkable 14-0 scoreline – a score never seen at this stage of the competition, especially as Whitkirk are supposedly higher up the football pyramid.
The game went ahead after a late pitch inspection on the Newsome field as the visitors voiced their concerns. Could Whitkirk have lost the game before the kick-off?
Newsome took the lead when Wilkinson beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper.
Joel Bryce made it 2-0 following his mazy run and then both scorers each added another to their tally to make it 4-0.
Bryce became the first player to notch a hat trick when he found himself in a one-on-one situation with the keeper and, as half time approached, Lee Bradshaw converted a spot kick and the match was over at 6-0.
Whitkirk did reply with some effort early in the second half but were unable to beat Newsome keeper Danny Hadfield and his defence of Brown, Hussain, Slattery, Hill and Marshall.
It was no surprise that Newsome caught their opponents on the break and Bradshaw added his second with a curling shot.
Newsome’s manager then made three substitutions – Luke Hill, Neil Robshaw and Jamie Jobarteh all going on. This didn’t stop the flow of goals though as Jobarteh scoring almost immediately after being fed by man of the match Paul Pyke.
Pyke then got on the scoresheet to make it 9-0 followed quickly by goals from Robshaw, Jobarteh and Pyke again as the score increased to 12-0.
In the last 10 minutes, Newsome completed a hat trick of hat tricks as both Wilkinson and Pyke netted.
Although with such a score the forwards are going to receive the plaudits but the Newsome supporters paid tribute to the tireless work of midfield duo McMahon and Beckley.
Newsome have now reached the last 16 and will have to travel to Horbury Town.
Last week featured more matches in the League Cup. Last month there were no surprises but this time, three of the four competitions witnessed some shocks of variable levels.
The surprise in the Barlow Cup was relatively minor in that Division I Shepley lost to the Division II leaders Heywood Irish.
Heywoods played down the Shepley slope in the first half and led after 22 minutes with a goal from Adam Bell. With the score still 1-0 as the break loomed, Shepley must have considered themselves well in the game but the last minute of the half changed matters.
A free kick on the right was played in by Matt Roberts. Plenty of players challenged for the cross with the Shepley keeper expecting someone to get a touch.But as often happens, the cross eluded everybody and the cross sneaked in off the far post.
In the second period, it was Shepley’s turn to attack but they were thwarted by the central defensive duo of Tom Brennan and Matt Turner.
Heywoods almost added to their score as the central pair of Billy Callaghan and Matt Jaggar used the width of the field to bring the overlapping full-back into the game.
Shepley gained a consolation but it was too late to give them any chance of an equaliser. Heywoods will now meet Newsome in the quarter-finals.