Queen did the Kirklees Sunday League proud when beating Town Rangers of the Heavy Woollen League 4-0 in the West Riding County Trophy.
Despite having some key players missing – Paddy Maylett and Andy Hunt were suspended and Ryan John, Callum Crosby and Richard Hirst unavailable – midfielder Dave Brennan inspired Queen to a terrific win at Leeds Road Playing Fields.
Danny Naidole was the man who did the bulk of the damage with a hat trick – two goals in the first half and one in the second – while Stephen Brook got the other goal in the closing minutes.
Queen will now face Skybet or Wrose Bull at home on Sunday, February 1, in the quarter-finals.
The match against Rangers, who also had men unavailable, started slowly with few chances for either side in the opening 20 minutes on a tricky surface.
On 21 minutes, Naidole opened the scoring for the visitors after collecting a slide-rule pass from Brennan.
For much of the half Naidole and Brennan stood out for Queen, with Rob Piercy solid in a defensive midfield role.
On 35 minutes Naidole saw a six-yard effort saved at point-blank range by outstanding Rangers’ keeper Leon Stephenson – who was the overall man of the match.
Had it not been for him the score could have been doubled as he pulled off some amazing acrobatic saves, brave blocks and clearances and showed he’s a top-class shot-stopper, moving instinctively to be in the right place at the right time.
Despite this performance, Naidole’s probing paid off to earn his second goal, when he unleashed a fierce 20-yard shot which was deflected on its way to goal.
In the second half, both sides cancelled each other out until 19 minutes in, when a brilliant 24-yard shot by Brennan, which looked bound for goal, was superbly tipped over by Stephenson.
Just a minute later, Naidole grabbed his and Queen’s third following good work by Kiero Lawrence inside the six-yard box.
On 69 minutes, Lawrence again set up Naidole with a good chance from close range, but the resolute Stephenson somehow contrived to make another fine save.
Then, on 82 minutes, in a similar move, Naidole burst down the left and crossed for what appeared to be a certain goal for Lawrence, but the Rangers’ keeper heroically blocked the shot yet again.
Rangers earned a few rare corners towards the end, but Queen keeper Ryan Haigh and his defence easily snuffed out any danger.
Four minutes from time, a 25-yard shot by Queen’s Josh Lang brought out a text-book save from Stephenson but, with two minutes remaining, he was finally beaten again as Stephen Brook made it 4-0, when well set up by Lawrence.
For Rangers, Danny Berry worked tirelessly throughout and Scott Thornton made many tricky runs down the left wing.
Piercy, Naidole and Shaun Barron caught the eye for Queen and there were also solid shows from the rest of the team in Haigh, David Mackenzie, sub James Haley, Tom Hampshire, Lang, Cartwright, Lawrence and sub Ash Barron. Chris Wiley was the unused sub.
In the league, Field Head defeated Meltham Victoria 4-1 at Reinwood Rec to enable them to rise from ninth place to joint sixth alongside their opponents and Mooreside Colts (on 10 points).
On target for Head were Jamie Metcalf and Daniel Wright, while Richard Taylor notched a brace.
Jack Ellis-Powell replied for Meltham.