HOLDERS Golcar Con exited the Huddersfield FA Sunday Challenge Cup at the hands of Towngate, the Heavy Woollen League side they defeated in last year’s final.
The Colne Valley side were always playing catch-up in the quarter-final clash, which Towngate won 3-2 thanks to goals by Dave Conway, Avron Noel and Daniel Facey.
Andrew Allison and Gary Hirst replied for Golcar.
Towngate take on Pak Rangers in the first semi-final at Marsden on Sunday, April 3 (2.00) while it’s Huddersfield Irish Centre v Pear Tree Mirfield in the second clash at Barr Street on Sunday, April 10 (5.00).
Club Kirkheaton are the surprise package in the League’s Armitage Leisure Supplementary Trophy and are already eyeing a final appearance.
They kept up their unbeaten run against Rose and Crown, who are second in the league.
At one point, Kirkheaton were 2-0 down, then led 3-2 only to be pegged back to 3-3 by a late strike.
Daniel Cooke (2) and Daniel Bradley counted for Kirkheaton and Dean Wharam (2) and Luke Haigh for Rose and Crown.
Marsh FC also kept up their challenge for a final place with a convincing 5-0 win over Escorpians thanks to Nick Robinson, Richard Dyson, Mark Donnelly, Andy Hirst and Andy Morris.
But they will be ruing their recent 1-0 defeat by Kirkheaton, when they were guilty of missed chances.
Marsh still have a chance for a final as they take on Black Bull Shepley from the Kirklees Sunday League in the Rollinson Cup semis tomorrow.
It’s Huddersfield Irish Centre v Woodfield Park in the other tie, with both taking place at Leeds Road Playing Fields (10.30).
In the Armitage Leisure Trophy, it’s Leeds Road Wanderers v Golcar Con and Escorpians v Club Kirkheaton.
Meanwhile, league chiefs have contacted a string of RCD League junior clubs who have sides in the oldest section.
It’s hoped some will follow in the footsteps of Sunday League’s leading lights, Huddersfield Irish Centre, who stepped up from junior football.