DISTRICT League teams fared very well against County Amateur opposition in Challenge Cup ties.
Of the three competing, Skelmanthorpe were the only losers but gave a creditable performance in being beaten only 4-2 by Premier League leaders Bay Athletic.
The other two had one goal wins.
Scholes, currently top of Division Two, faced Golcar United, who are near the wrong end of County Amateur Premier Division.
The game was played in horrendous conditions with driving wind and rain and as the match progressed, the pitch became increasingly heavy.
Golcar chose to play up the slope in the first half and started brightly with some neat passing movements and took the lead in the 30th minute with a firm drive.
Scholes replied immediately when Steve Walker latched onto a loose ball and placed his effort wide of the Golcar keeper.
As the half came to a close, Golcar created two clear chances but Scholes managed to keep them out.
Playing downhill, Golcar pressed forward in the second half and Scholes had to thank their defence, keeper Oldroyd and the woodwork for keeping the scores level.
Scholes had the odd breakaway but Golcar looked the likely winners.
As the end of 90 minutes loomed, extra-time seemed certain but Scholes pulled out an unlikely winner.
Richard Lomas broke free, rounded the keeper but his shot was deflected skywards – giving Lomas a second chance with his head.
A Golcar defender had to step back to head his effort clear, but it was deemed the ball had crossed the line.
Even the most ardent Scholes supporters felt that luck had been on their side.
Division One team Britannia Sports also had a narrow victory when they beat Lepton Highlanders 1-0.
Britannia’s game plan was to try and stifle Lepton’s passing game. The first chance came the way of Britannia but Kieran Lenihan blazed over the bar.
Lepton’s forward Flynn was proving to be dangerous – firstly his attempted chip over Richard Wilkins was well saved and secondly, a last-ditch tackle from Mike Cook prevented him getting in a shot. ŠŠ
The early exchanges of the second half went in Britannia’s favour but as the half wore on, Lepton began to take control.
TheyŠ created several chances but Britannia’s keeper Wilkins provided a man of the match performance to keep a clean sheet.
The only goal of the game came in the 70th minute. A cross from Cook was nodded down by Lenihan for his strike partner Josh Redshaw to volley home. Ironically, Redshaw had started the season at Lepton.
As the game progressed, plenty of high balls were played into Britannia’s box, but the central pair of Turner and Bottomley were up to the test. Lepton almost equalised in the dying moments when a long throw created a great chance but Richard Gledhill’s tackle thwarted the chance.
District League involvement in the County Cups is gradually dwindling but both Holmbridge and Moldgreen registered wins and both had to come from behind.
In the Sheffield Junior Cup, Holmbridge did go 1-0 down but the deficit didn’t last long. The Swinton keeper made a fine save but from the rebound, Robert Parr skilfully lobbed the ball over him and into the net.
The rest of the game was dominated by Holmbridge as they hit the woodwork twice before Craig Hill eventually gave them the winner. He latched onto a back pass and steered the ball past the keeper.
In the West Riding Trophy, Moldgreen led with a fine shot from Craig Thompson but still had to come from behind twice before running out 5-3 winners.
Morley recovered from the early deficit to go 2-1 in front but Ryan Hall equalised with a low shot.
In the second half, Morley took the lead again but Thompson grabbed his second to level the scores at 3-3.
Moldgreen’s fourth from Ryan Haigh had an element of luck about it. In a midfield challenge near the half way line, he managed to play the ball forward.
His high ball landed between a defender and the keeper and as they left it to each other, the ball bounced over the keeper and into the net.
The scoring was completed when Thompson registered his hat trick in fine style. ŠŠ