Walkers Hounds, Linthwaite and Wellington A all had convincing victories in round four of the West Riding County FA Sunday Trophy as they joined Queen in the quarter-finals.
It’s a tremendous feat for four clubs, from a modest size league, to reach that stage of the competition.
Walkers Hounds beat Station Hotel 6-1 at Longfield Avenue and will now entertain fellow KSL outfit Linthwaite at Golcar on Sunday, February 1.
On a pitch that was only just playable, Hounds faced a tough test against a determined Station Hotel team.
Hounds were first to strike, when Nicky Shaw reacted quickest to nod the ball home, and shortly after Chris Cornelly doubled the lead with a neat chip from 25 yards.
The arrears were halved when the visitors pulled one back after 35 minutes, but Hounds could have gone in at the break 3-1 up, however Cornelly’s tame penalty was saved by the Station keeper.
Hounds came out in the second half and played some superb football despite the worsening conditions.
Striker Connor Woodruff was a constant threat to the visitors defence and deservedly picked up a second half hat trick.
The scoring was rounded off by Shaw after he raced onto a through ball and fired a powerful shot into the roof of the net.
Linthwaite also beat their opponents by a five goals margin as they shut out Heavy Woollen outfit Clifton Rangers at Royds Hall.
Linthwaite settled down quickly and it wasn’t long before the home side took the lead after a good run from the centre back Daniel Walker who slotted home.
The lead was doubled before half-time by a back post tap-in from Connor Beaumont.
Clifton’s long ball style was easily mopped up by Linthwaite’s defence, and they increased their lead when Declan James-Thomas on the left showed a great turn of pace to run through on goal and made no mistake with his shot.
After this Linthwaite made chance after chance and in the last ten minutes Josimar Bradshaw added to the score, followed by a Courtney Allette goal to make it five.
Wellington A crushed Britannia AFC Tadcaster 7-1 at Leeds Road.
Britannia were a pale shadow of the side who had proved to be formidable opponents in last season’s semi-final, when Wellington had to battle hard to win 3-2 after extra time.
It was even in the first half with Wellington gaining the upper hand towards half-time, but Britannia faded after the break with the home side running riot with almost every attack.
The visiting keeper’s biggest undoing – especially in the second half – was when he often went “walkabout” a la Bruce Grobellar, to leave the Wellington forwards with open goal opportunities.
Adam Hill had several opportunities throughout for Wellington up front, but was thwarted by the opponents keeper or shot wide, while Tom Brennan was solid in defence for the home side.
Wellington will now face Bradford League side Steel Bangle Spartans away in the last eight.
Wellington started the brighter of the two teams, creating several chances, but they were not converted until Adam Hill broke through with a well taken finish from around the edge of the box to make it 1-0.
Britannia fought back to make it 1-1, but Wellington regained control of the game and Hill got his second just before half-time for 2-1.
Wellington were out of the blocks very quickly in the second half and Anthony Haigh smashed home Wellington’s third goal after five minutes.
A mazy run from Paul Pyke was finished off by Marlon Adams to make it 4-1 and Nathan Alexander added another with a cool finish from the edge of the box.
Adams and Alexander were both substituted in the 70th minute for Lee Bradshaw and Kadean Fogarthy and both went on to score.
Bradshaw made it 6-1 after good combination work with Hill and Fogarthy completed a comfortable 7-1 victory for Wellington.
In the Lockwood Private Hire Trophy preliminary semi-final first leg Field Head will go into the second game a week tomorrow with a big advantage following their 5-0 defeat of Wellington Westgate B at Reinwood Rec.
On target for Head were Daniel Wright with a hat trick, Richard Taylor and an OG
In the league Queen defeated Golcar Conservative 6-0 at Dryclough Rec, with goals from Danny Naidole (2), man-of-the-match Kiero Lawrence (3) and Craig Cartwright.
Queen now move up to joint second with Dalton on 27 points.