IT WAS County Cup quarter-finals day for many Huddersfield RCD League sides with at least three already booking their places in the semis.
In the Under 12 County Cup, Howden Clough’s second team have stunned everyone this season.
A single league defeat keeps them in a strong position for promotion to Division I and the Spen Valley side continued their amazing winning run with a brilliant 2-1 win over Crossley’s to take them into the semis.
A goal from Dale Brooke was added to when Ashton Thomas scored from the penalty spot to give Clough a famous victory.
Collegians also made it five wins from five games in the Under 14 County Cup to book a Thursday, March 4, date at Woodlesford, Leeds, in the semi-finals – where they have been drawn to meet either Whitkirk Wanders or fellow Huddersfield First Division side Deighton.
And in the Under 16 County Cup competition, Batley pulled off a fine 3-1 home win against Shipley to go into the last four.
Back in the RCD, Kirkheaton maintined their challenge for the Under 17 Divison II title with a solid victory over Meltham.
Meltham were unable to find an answer as goals from Ben Sykes (2), Jack Harrison, Jacob Hanson and Tom Buckley fired Kirkheaton into third place.
In Division I of the same age group, Lepton Highlanders continue to show why their side are representing the Huddersfield FA in the County Minor Cup competition.
Two goals from Adam Hill and one apiece for Kyle Johnson, Morgan Little and Jack Storrie secured a 5-2 win over Barugh to maintain the Highlanders unbeaten record for the season.
Promotion hopefuls AFC Emley edged a seven-goal thriller against Pudsey in the Fourth Division of the Under 16s.
Goals from Josh Murrell, Marc Wilson and Jake Hanwell made sure the home side were forced to fight to the very end, but replies from Sam Stead (2), Robert Whitham and Tom Maudsley finally secured an important three points for Emley.
Another Linthwaite side pressing hard for promotion are the Under 13s, and an encounter with Cumberworth should have been a showpiece game but, the Fourth Division rivals had to put the game on hold after just half an hour when an injury to Michael Pearman brought about a delay.
The Cumberworth player was taken by ambulance to hospital for a check-up and the Cumberworth side felt it unsuitable to play on any further.
Up until the injury, Linthwaite had been well on top with two goals from Zach Nash, one for Lewis Pinder (celebrating his 13th birthday) and Conner Beaumont leaving the visitors with a mountain to climb – but the outcome of the game will now have to be decided by the League Committee.
Thankfully, Michael was sent home from hospital at 9pm that evening.
He had suffered a very painful dislocated kneecap, which had clicked back into place.
This coming weekend – weather permitting – there’s another set of much-delayed cup games.