BARGE ALBION were aggrieved by their exit in the Halifax Cup quarter-finals.
They lost 3-2 to Elland Sports at Fartown High, but only after a highly-disputed penalty decision for the visitors which resulted in Barge skipper Gavin Bell being shown a straight red card.
The score was 1-1 at the time – Richard Hirst equalising for Albion (again from a strange penalty award) after Elland had taken an early lead.
The match-turning penalty was awarded when Bell made a last-gasp sliding challenge which was deemed a foul.
Albion’s protests were waved away and the spot-kick was dispatched, albeit fortuitously.
After that, as Albion chased the game, Elland grabbed a third on the break before Hirst scored a consolation in the last minute from long range.
Albion were left thinking what might have been as they will now have to focus on their remaining league games and trying to claim the KSL Division II title.
In the District Sunday Cup third round, there was no surprise as Heavy Woollen League Towngate defeated KSL Division II side Field head 4-1.
Towngate scorers were Ifrane Khan 2, Rob Hiscox and Lee Ryan.
In Division I, Woodfield Park closed the gap on inactive leaders Sporting Club Shepley to three points after a 7-1 victory over Foresters.
Foresters were without key players Daz Shaw and Dave Brennan and, with only 10 men, they held out for 40 minutes.
Fitness told though and Park rattled home goals from Shane Kelly (2), Karl Ross (2), Andrew Costello, Mark Robertshaw and Sam Ansell. Jack McQuallian replied for Foresters.
Foresters’ manager Graham Brennan said: “It will be a different story when we play Park in the KSL Cup.”
Britannia Sports moved up to joint fourth after beating faltering Varsity 4-1. Doran Jordan and Ryan Lach bagged a brace apiece, with Matthew Hanley on target for Varsity.
Chris Redmile of Varsity thought the scoreline flattered Britannia, although he admitted his side are going through a bad patch.
In Division II, Woolpack beat Huddersfield Irish 2-1 while, in the inter-divisional fixtures, Helion carried on their recovery with a 3-2 win against Walpole (although the league committee will decide on the result as the match was abandoned after 88 minutes).
Top-flight Waterloo thrashed Division II basement side Wellington 9-1.
James White (2), Matthew Kilner, Kadene Fogarthy, Steve Campbell, Daniel Stuart and a Tom Mitchell hat trick did the damage.
Michael Fil and Mathew Kilner showed up well for Waterloo.