HEPWORTH United are the last club from the District League still in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup – but they needed extra time before beating Ecclesfield Red Rose.
Playing on a much bigger field than they are used to didn’t bother Hepworth, and both sides played good attractive football which was well received by both sets of supporters.
Despite the quality of play, after 90 minutes there was no goals to show for their endeavours, but three came in extra time.
Hepworth opened the scoring when a Red Rose defender’s back pass was hit too strongly. Luke Ellis-Craven chased the ball, blocked the keeper’s clearance and was then first to the ball to roll it into an empty net.
In the early minutes of the second period of extra time, Red Rose equalised, but they weren’t level for long. Within two minutes, a free kick from wide on the right was launched into the box and Peter Jowett just beat the keeper to the ball and headed home.
Shepley went down 3-1, also after extra time, to Swinton Athletic.
Shepley took the lead late on in the first half and held it until the 88th minute. The extra fitness of Swinton told in the end but the final 3-1 scoreline flattered them.
The District League’s other team in this cup, Scholes, went down 4-0 at Kirkburton.
There is only one team left in the Sheffield Junior Cup as well and that is Holmfirth Town, who beat Penistone Church 4-2.
Holmfirth have been promoted in the last two seasons but as they embarked on their first year in Division II, they suffered an exodus of players.
Seven of last season’s squad have left – some to university and another has emigrated – and obviously this has had a substantial effect on their performances with them second bottom of their division.
Against Penistone Church, they were always the better side, but a lack of clinical finishing found them 2-0 down just after the break.
Chris Redmile’s glancing header pulled one back but as they entered into added time, the earlier misses looked costly. But another glancing header, this time from Louis Langfield, sent the tie into extra time.
Holmfirth then wasted no time and two goals in the first period, one from Sam Carr and another from Redmile, earned them the victory.
In the Barlow Cup there were four ties played but no surprises, although unbeaten Uppermill needed extra time before getting the better of Skelmanthorpe.
Ashley Brothers (2) and Steven Beaumont were on the scoresheet for Skelmanthorpe in a game that was level at 2-2 after 90 minutes – no other team can claim to have held out that long against Uppermill so far this season – but Uppermill proved stronger in extra time for their 5-3 win.
There were more matches in the Groom Cup (for teams in Divisions III and IV) and in three of these matches, teams from the lower division beat their higher-placed opposition.
The rejuvenated AFC Lindley beat Dewsbury Town OB 6-2 and new club Huddersfield United scored five without reply against Flockton.
Another new club, Aimbry, overcame Brook Motors but they needed extra time. It was 2-2 after 90 minutes but after two hours of play, Aimbry won 5-2. Fox and Beevers both scored twice with Reid adding another.
In the Richardson Cup, Netherton Reserves saved themselves from embarrassment by winning 3-1. They had been paired against their A team and they would have been reminded on a weekly basis if they had lost!
There were just a few League games and one result in Division II means that this division has had three different sides at the top in three successive weeks.
Goals from Bell, Henighan and Warne gave Heywood Irish a 3-1 win over last week’s leaders Kirkheaton Rovers. Not only do Heywoods now have a two-point gap at the top but they have a game in hand of the second and third-placed clubs.
In Division IV the top two met – and Hade Edge secured their ninth straight League win by beating Brighouse Old Boys.
Hade Edge’s lead at the top is now five points, although they can still be caught by AFC Lindley.
There are a few clubs in the League with four teams and last week, one of them, Meltham Athletic, registered four wins.
That will have happened before but it’s unlikely Meltham’s achievement will be equalled for some time. Three of the wins came in cup matches and in three separate competitions.
Meltham’s first team had an easy 7-0 win over Rothwell in the West Riding Trophy.
The Reserves played in the Huddersfield FA Trophy and beat Slaithwaite Reserves 4-1 while the hat trick of cup wins was completed in the Richardson Cup, courtesy of the A team beating Uppermill A 4-2.
The final win came in Reserve Division IV when the B team defeated Thornhill United Reserves, scoring four without reply.