WHAT have Westend and Honley got in common?
Both are in Division II, both faced Division I opposition in District FA Challenge Cup, both found themselves two goals behind and both eventually won on penalties!
Andy Noble’s Westend went into their match against Moldgreen with a won three, lost three record.
And although they are fourth in the table, the sides above have games in hand.
Moldgreen must have been confident following their West Riding Cup win over Meltham Athletic.
They comfortably beat Westend twice last season in the league, started well this time around and by the 30th minute, two headers had given them a two-goal advantage.
Frank Okenn scored direct from a free-kick to put Westend back in the game, but just before the break, Moldgreen added another.
There was no denying Moldgreen’s superiority in the first half, but there had been chances at both ends and the scoreline could have been higher.
The second half started like the first half finished and Moldgreen hit the bar twice.
Goals at that stage would have settled the game, but Westend hung in.
With five minutes to play, the score was still 3-1, but further free-kicks were to play their part.
Moldgreen failed to clear the first and Sam Boothroyd scored from the edge of the box.
Within a minute, another Westend free-kick was sent beyond the far post for Dean Knox to head back, and Okenn headed in his second from close range.
There were no goals in extra time and Westend won through to the next round, scoring all of their four penalties taken.
Honley, second-bottom of Division II with just two points from five games, faced Uppermill, fresh from beating Division I leaders Lepton Highlanders.
Uppermill looked to be coasting through to the next round when they led 2-0 after 60 minutes.
Whereas free-kicks helped Westend to victory, penalties that came to Honley’s rescue.
Nick Lee reduced the arrears from the spot and with 10 minutes left, he scored his second to send the match into extra time.
It was soon a case of deja vu as Uppermill quickly went two up again.
Along came another penalty, and Lee completed his hat trick.
And in the last action of extra time, Wayne Beardsell headed on a corner and Rik Cooper finished off.
Honley scored four of their penalties to earn a second-round encounter with West Riding County Amateur League outfit Golcar United.
Division I side Newsome WMC beat County Amateur League opposition in the form of Storthes Hall, and the score of 3-2 certainly didn’t flatter them.
In fact, with five minutes to play, Newsome led 3-0 and the two late goals that Storthes Hall scored didn’t do justice to Newsome’s performance.
Their first goal came from a move involving Mark Kelly and Leevan Brown and ended with Anthony Haigh calmly slotting home from six yards.
Ten minutes into the second half, it was 2-0.
Following good work by Doran Jordan and midfield general Darren Slattery, Jamie Jobarteh scored with a dipping shot over the keeper.
Anthony Haigh set up Neil Robshaw for the third and Storthes Hall’s late rally was in vain.
In the FA Challenge Trophy, clubs can choose whether to enter.
Netherton elected to put in all three eligible teams, and one can imagine the after-match banter as their reserves were knocked out while both the A and B teams progressed.
In defence of the reserves, they had to face competition favourites Diggle and not surprisingly lost 5-1.
The A team beat Brook Motors Reserves 4-1, but that was not unexpected as they are higher placed in Reserve Division III.
The performance of the day for Netherton came from their B team, who are mid-table in Reserve Division IV, who came from behind to beat Reserve Division II team Mount.
They fell behind after 20 minutes when they hesitated expecting a free-kick.
Mount took advantage of the situation to finish coolly.
But within 10 minutes, Netherton were level as Ashley Rattigan’s free-kick flew into the top corner.
The scorer turned provider for the winner as Rattigan’s corner was headed home by his midfield partner Andy Tinsdeall.