DISTRICT League clubs have had better days when playing in the Huddersfield FA Challenge Cup.
Three lost to County Amateur teams while two were defeated by Works League opposition.
There were eight clashes involving District clubs and in six, the higher division side came out on top.
Division II’s Scissett went down to an honourable 3-2 defeat to top-flight Slaithwaite, and the same can be said of Division IV side AFC Lindley who returned from Division II Kirkheaton with a 2-0 defeat.
The top two in Division I clashed as Hepworth United travelled over to Uppermill for the second time this season and again returned with a win.
In manager Michael Tunnacliffe’s opinion, the first 45 minutes was the best Hepworth have played all season. They led by 2-1 but it could have been four or five.
The first was a header at the far post by defender Sam Wardle and the second came within a minute. From the kick off, Hepworth won the ball and fed winger Max Morley. He ran down the wing, beating a couple of opponents, before finding the top corner of the net.
Uppermill pulled one back with a good finish just before the break.
In the second half, chances were few for both sides and it took a goal from Chris Drew to settle it in Hepworth’s favour. He ran onto a flicked ball, got there just before their opponents’ keeper and he lobbed it over him.ŠŠ
The other match involving two teams from the same division was the clash between Division III teams Dalton Crusaders and Holmfirth Town. Only two weeks earlier, the clubs met in the League with Holmfirth gaining a 3-0 win but in the Cup, Dalton came from behind twice to take revenge.
In the early stages, the game ebbed and flowed but it was Holmfirth who took the lead in the 15th minute. Within 10 minutes it was 1-1. Keeper Danny Boothroyd’s clearance was latched onto by Joel Franklyn who beat his marker before slipping the ball home.
Holmfirth regained the advantage when ex-Town player Rob Edwards scored direct from a free-kick.
With an average age of 21, the Crusaders showed their character by coming back again. This time Franklyn turned provider as he broke down the right and his low cross was turned into the net by Daniel Bellanfonte.
Dalton then took a two-goal lead when Darius Matheson set up Dwayne Wilkinson and Franklyn scored his second.
With time running out, Holmfirth pulled one back from the spot but the match was sealed when Wilkinson grabbed his second to give Dalton a 5-3 victory.
At Dalton last season, there were several talented players on the touchline just watching, so wishing to strengthen the club and give these lads a game rather than lose them, it was decided to form the Reserve team. After starting slowly, they have picked up and are third in Reserve Division IV.
Last week they travelled to Flockton and came away with a 5-4 victory. It was goalless until the 29th minute when Shane Simpson scored the first of his hat trick to give Dalton the lead.
His second came when he set up by Wood on the wing and, just before half time, it was 3-0 when Nick Ashbee made the assist for Bradley Rufus.
Dalton then went 5-0 up with a goal from Joshua Wilson and Simpson netted his third. It would have been easy for Flockton to throw in the towel at this stage, but that was far from their mind.
Two quick goals gave them a glimmer of hope and when another went in, Dalton started to panic. A penalty made it 4-5 and it was Dalton who were glad to hear the final whistle.
In Division II action, a goal from Thornton earned leaders Royal dolphins all the points in their game against third-placed Scholes. With Kirkheaton and Meltham involved in Cup matches, Cumberworth took advantage with a 4-1 win over Westend. Dolphins are now six points clear but there is then four clubs just two points apart.
Holme Valley Academicals registered their first win of the season at the 12th attempt.
That record tells only half the story because they have lost to three of the top five by just a solitary goal. Despite this win, they are still in the bottom two but there’s plenty of hope that relegation can be avoided.
Against Brook Motors, the Accies were second best in the first half and found themselves a goal behind. The turning point came when Matthew Clee hit a 20-yard screamer into the top corner.
This was followed by a near post header from Alistair Evans and an Andy Morris penalty 10 minutes from time to give them that first elusive win.
In the Reserve section , it was a case of some records falling and others being returned. Before the kick-offs the previous week, inŠReserve Division III the top two stood as Meltham A with 11 wins from 11 games ahead of Uppermill B with 10 wins from 10 games.
The odds must have been fairly large that both would lose their records on the same day despite them playing two clubs within the top five. Uppermill B are still unbeaten following a 3-3 draw with Cumberworth A while Meltham lost 4-2 at home to AFC Waterloo Res.
This would now normally mean that Uppermill A, who had a high-scoring win over Mount Res, are the only team in the League with a 100% record.
But you can now add Newsome Reserves to that list. They lost their unblemished League record in a 3-3 draw but, at Thursday’s League meeting, it was reported that their opponents had played too many recognised first-teamers and the game was awarded to Newsome, who now have 27 points from nine games.