(Under 15 Cup semi-final)
THIRD Division Gildersome looked lost in the opening encounters as Rastrick’s Corey Gayle, Callum Lewis and Luke Craven ran riot.
And suspicions that Gildersome might be out of their depth against First Division opposition appeared to be confirmed when Mitch Hirst fired Rastrick into the lead after just three minutes.
But Gildersome had other ideas and, despite their shaky start, Ricky Nokjatan, Liam Pearson, Joe White and Danny Frank began to put their stamp on the game.
Having got to grips with Rastrick’s pace and power, the game settled into an evenly-matched contest.
Even an equaliser from Andrew Duke after 15 minutes gave little indication that the Division III outfit could overturn their higher division counterparts, but when Duke gave Gildersome the lead in the second half, it was clear that Rastrick would have to find something extra if they were to achieve a cup final appearance. Gildersome held on, however, to seal a 2-1 victory and face Dalton Dynamoes in the final.