WITH several clubs leaving the District League in recent years, success in the West Riding County Cup has decreased.
Last season, Uppermill carried the flag into the semi-finals before being beaten by Bay Athletic. This time they fell at the first hurdle along with three other clubs.
One of the two clubs to progress was Newsome who beat Salts, fourth in Division I of the West Riding County Amateur League 5-1.
It took until the 40th minute before Newsome were able to break the deadlock. It was worth waiting for as Joel Bryce found the top corner of the net from 30 yards.
Within a couple of minutes, Jamie Jobarteh made it 2-0 at half time with a very similar strike. After the interval, Salts pulled one back from a corner but for the rest of the game it was Newsome who were well on top.
Striker Bryce netted his second – could his incentive be that new striker Kitson Gayle (ex Bay Athletic) was watching from the sidelines.
To complete the scoring, Neil Robshaw and Darren Slattery added their names to the scoresheet with late goals.
The other League winner was Moldgreen who had a 9-1 victory over Tadcaster Albion. This match is probably a first for a District League club in that their opposition was a Reserve team and Moldgreen beat them while at the same time, Tadcaster’s first team were playing in the FA Cup – they lost 2-1 to FC Halifax.
Both winners meet County Am opposition in the next round – Newsome are at home to Hunsworth while Moldgreen travel to Marsden.
In the County Trophy, the League had seven winners. Five Division II clubs were successful along with Slaithwaite from Division I and Brook Motors from Division III.
Slaithwaite travelled to Oakworth and took the lead in the 20th minute. Shaw found Wilkins with a fine through ball and Wilkins calmly slotted pass the home keeper.
Ten minutes later, Oakworth were level. There was an element of luck about it as a looping cross found the back of keeper Rowbottom’s net.
Rowbottom then added an “assist” as his long clearance fell for Chadwick to put Slaithwaite back in front.
The Huddersfield side failed to add to their tally which gave hope to Oakworth and in the last 10 minutes, they piled on the pressure, which resulted in an equaliser. There no goals in extra-time so penalties were needed. All Slaithwaite’s five takers were successful and Rowbottom’s save of the third penalty won the tie.
Division III Brook Motors are a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde team.
In their league matches, they are the only side to take points off Dalton Crusaders but have dropped a point to mid-table KKS Sun Inn.
Manager Trevor Smeaton explains it by the fact that some of the squad are formerly Honley Juniors, who he coached for many years, and these lads are not available every week.
Last week they played Brighouse OB and looked comfortable following goals from Richard Hird, a header from a corner, and Jonathan Charlesworth, following his skilful run.
The game changed 25 minutes from time when Brighouse pulled one back and at 2-1, it was a case of Brook’s “hanging on” which they just managed.
Apart from Newsome winning in the Cup, they would be more than pleased with the result of one of the two Division I fixtures. Leaders Hepworth Utd lost their 100% record in a 2-2 draw with Holmbridge.
Holmbridge are in the first ever season in Division I and with only one new recruit to the club, their expectations have not been set very high.
A draw with Netherton and a win over Britannia Sports left them in joint second bottom before last week’s game.
They took the lead in the 23rd minute with a goal from Danny Goodwin but by the break, it was level at 1-1. Hepworth took control but despite striking the woodwork on a couple of occasions, they could only add one goal to their tally.
Five minutes from time, Holmbridge were awarded a penalty and Danny Knutton converted to give Holmbridge a valuable point.
What a difference seven days can make. The top two in Division IV met for the second time in seven days. Waggon & Horses won the first encounter by 5-2 but last week, Moldgreen Con took their revenge with a 4-0 win.