THE Get Smart Group Kirklees Sunday League have been rocked by the withdrawal of Woolpack (Almondbury).
The Division II side had not played for several weeks, but the League have only now expunged their details, following fulfilment of their obligations.
The reason for their demise is not due to lack of players, finance or having the equipment for playing – but unfortunately this season they have new leadership and have failed to attend to essential administration.
This left the club no option but to resign.
The team was run totally unconnected with the Woolpack (Almondbury) Saturday side and was organised separately in every way.
In the Get Smart Group Challenge Cup first round, the shock result of the day was the defeat of holders Wellington A, who went down 6-5 after extra time to Dalton – last season’s Lockwood Taxi Cup losing finalists.
Dalton took the lead through Reece Nyland but Wellington then stormed into a 4-1 lead before, shortly into the second half, appearing to put the tie out of reach by extending their lead – goals were scored by Doran Jordan (2, inset), Eddie Hamlett, Jamaine Hamlett and Mattie Waller.
But Dalton produced a stunning fightback inspired by the introduction of Jamie Hartley from the bench.
Bradley Ramsden-Reilly pulled one back with a cross-cum-shot, before Hartley took the game by the scruff of the neck with a fine hat trick, including a well-taken free-kick and a stunning goal from outside the area.
This took the tie into extra time, when both teams piled forward looking for the winner.
And it was Ramsden-Reilly, with his second of the game, who grabbed the honours for Dalton with a strike from outside the area after Wellington failed to properly clear a corner.
Division I leaders Pak Rangers thumped Helion Albion 8-2 with the help of a five-goal salvo from Jamal Simpson, who was voted man of the match.
Ben Simpson, Declan Thomas and Adam Walsh also got on the scoresheet, while Salm got Helion’s goals
It was mostly one-sided, with subs for Pak going on late in the game – Reece Thomas, Khahill Shafir and Aamer Hussain making valuable contributions before Helion’s late replies
Second Division leaders Queen beat Division I basement side Marsh 3-2. On target for Queen were Jake Vickerman (2) and Craig Cartwright.
Top-flight Black Bull defeated Second Division Field Head 4-2 with two goals apiece from Damian Sykes and Sam Haigh.
In the all-Division II clash between Clifton Rangers and Wellington B, Rangers won 5-3. Wellington’s goals came from Shooter (2) and Cumiskey.
Inter Athletic from Division I comfortably defeated Division II Town Rangers 7-1.
In Division II, Club Kirkheaton defeated basement side Escorpians 3-0 with goals from Oldroyd (2) and Hurst.