SKELMANTHORPE have the honour of representing the District League in the final of the Sheffiled & Hallamshire Junior Cup.
They achieved this with a 3-1 win over Millmoor Juniors.
The game was affected by a strong wind which Skelmanthorpe used to their advantage in the first half.
They had missed three chances before having a goal disallowed in the 20th minute. Five minutes later it was 1-0 as Pinnock swept the ball home following a corner.
Five minutes after that, the Millmoor keeper made a good save but couldn’t hold on and Smith made it 2-0.
With the wind behind Millmoor in the second half, they started well and squandered a few chances until they beat the offside trap to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
Skelmanthorpe didn’t panic and with 10 minutes remaining, Greene curled a left-footed free-kick into the net to put the game beyond doubt.
Unfortunately, Hepworth Utd were unable to match Skelmanthorpe in the Sheffield Cup, going down 4-1.
There were two matches in the Barlow Cup with a semi-final spot awaiting the winners. Both games featured Division I v Division II clashes, and in both cases the Second Division team came out on top.
There’s no denying the performance of the day belonged to Honley, who travelled to Diggle and came away with a 2-1 win.
In the first half, both defences held the advantage to such an extent that neither keeper was seriously troubled.
Honley started the second period the better and a flowing move led to them taking the lead. Kyle Silkstone’s pinpoint pass released Nicky Lee down the left. He outpaced the Diggle defence and his cross was met by Chris Hirst who scored from close range.
Honley then had the chance to go two up but Lee’s penalty effort was easily saved. With little time on the clock, Honley conceded a disputed penalty. This spot-kick wasn’t missed and the tie went into extra time.
The visitors almost restored their lead when Danny Villa brought a fine save from the Diggle keeper but Honley secured victory when Silkstone volleyed home from a tight angle.
The other Barlow Cup tie saw Netherton progress to the semis after beating Moldgreen 4-2 with the goals coming from Nelson and a hat trick from Wharam.
The semi-finals will this year be played on the traditional Easter Monday.
A 10.30 kick off will take place at Syngenta where Newsome WMC will face Netherton. The second semi will be at Marsden (2.30) when Honley will play the winners of New Mill 94 and Hepworth Utd.
All four quarter-final matches in the Groom Cup went ahead with the away team prevailing in all cases.
Using the League tables as a form guide, all the results could have been forecasted. However, the semi-finals look a lot more difficult to predict when they take place on April 15. Savile Town will face Shelley while the two likely promotion teams from Division III, Holmbridge and Royal Dolphins, will go head to head.
Newsome WMC remain the only unbeaten team in Division I following their 3-1 win at Uppermill.
Newsome started well but their early efforts were thwarted by the Uppermill defence. Liburd gave Newsome the lead following good link-up play between Haigh and Beckley.
This spurred Uppermill into action and Newsome had keeper Brooks to thank for pulling off a string of fine saves.
The visitors had to wait until the 70th minute for their second goal when Chris Beckley slotted home after being put through by an Aaron Joseph pass.
Uppermill then made it 2-1, but Haigh sealed the match for Newsome in the 85th minute with a cool finish.
The sides in second and third met each other for the second time in seven days. Shepley and Lepton Highlanders needed penalties to separate them in the cup the week before and they could not be separated again.
This time it was goalless after 90 minutes. A point each is probably the result Newsome would have wished – certainly not the two competing clubs.
Newsome are now five points clear of Shepley from the same number of games. Lepton trail the leaders by eight points but have two games in hand.