SPURNED chances proved costly for Kirkburton as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Ardsley Celtic.

While they were missing four regulars for the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division clash, Kirkburton made the best of starts and were ahead after 10 minutes when Jordan Tindle’s cross was headed back across goal by player-manager Dean Calcutt for Steve Chandler to finish.

Burton should have added to that lead with skipper Rob Barnes going close and then Tindle being denied by a last ditch tackle after springing the offside trap.

Ardsley hit back and forced two good saves from keeper Jordan Robinson, but the visitors should have been well in front by half time.

Calcutt ripped the Celtic defence to shreds five minutes from the break and delivered the ball into the box only for Chris Parker to fire his shot over the bar from just four yards out. Two minutes later Adam Wilson hit a looping shot that hit the bar.

Ardsley came close to equalising on 52 minutes when a shot came back off the post and hit Robinson on the back, but the Burton keeper’s luck was in as the ball rolled for a corner.

The visitors went two up three minutes later as Barnes freed Calcutt and he pulled the ball back for Wilson, his shot was blocked but Parker slammed home the follow-up.

Parker had a goal ruled out for a foul and Parker failed to beat the keeper in a one-on-one, but just as Burton seemed to be cruising to success, Celtic hit back.

They gained their momentum after being awarded a goal that Burton disputed. Robinson managed to get his fingertips to a shot which hit the bar and post before the keeper recovered it, but the referee ruled the ball had crossed the line.

Buoyed by their fortune Ardsley drew level five minutes from time and a coolly-measured lob secured success.

Kirkburton’s Sheffield Cup tie against Aston FC will be played on Saturday, March 14. Entrance is £2 with a match programme included in the price.

HEYWOOD Irish Centre’s bid for glory in the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup glory came to grief at the fifth round hurdle.

They were beaten 3-1 at Nottingham side Scots Grey.

A Lee Bradshaw penalty ensured that Heywood went into the interval trailing 2-1, but they spurned a chance to draw level when Bradshaw failed to convert a second spot kick.

The Irish Centre’s hopes were dashed in the dying minutes when Scots managed to grab a third goal from a breakaway.