HOWDEN CLOUGH'S proud record of 12 games without defeat came to an end on Sunday when they were dumped out of the West Riding County FA Under 12 Shield at the quarter-final stage.
In weather more like June than February, Wigton Moor arrived at Howden Clough expecting a tough time against the RCD League title challengers but Clough were second best throughout and never really troubled the North Leeds outfit.
A sticky pitch didn't help Clough's cause but the fact is that they chose this game to produce their poorest display of the season.
From the start Wigton were quicker and slicker on the ball and should have taken the lead in the seventh minute when a cross fell to the far post but striker Jack Slater managed to fire over from six yards.
The danger signs were clear and the Clough defence of Ashley Peel, Daniel Bramham, Scott Atkinson and Alex Gaunt were outstanding as they withheld the threat for half an hour.
But Wigton were winning every 50-50 ball and finally made the breakthrough when Slater made up for his earlier miss as he managed to toe-poke the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Ryan Adams.
Within a minute Wigton had doubled their advantage.
A defence-splitting pass left William Smith with the comfortable job of planting the ball into the net to leave Clough manager Bob Duffy with a major half-time headache.
Clough gave as good as they got in the second half as striker Kieran Briggs kept the Wigton defence busy but, as midfielders Bradley Adams and the excellent Joshua Twohigg pushed forward to help Briggs' search for goals, Wigton made the best of their breakaway chances and another two Slater goals finished off any hopes of a Clough comeback.
* Westend's Under 12s are struggling to get away from the First Division relegation zone and a superb run in the County Shield will have lifted their spirits but they were denied further progress when they travelled back from Pannal Ash on the end of a 9-0 defeat.
The surprise package in the Under 12s County Shield are Battyeford.
The RCD League Division II side travelled to Leeds to meet Yorkshire Amateurs and came away with a super 5-0 victory and a place in the semi-finals.
The draw for the last four will be made tomorrow at county headquarters.