THE RCD Junior League managed to get a dozen games played.
Thankfully, for the league com-mittee, six of them were cup games, one of which produced a major surprise.
With 13 wins and 2 draws to their name, unbeaten Athersley were clear favourites to make progress to the Under 17 semi-finals, but their mid-table opponents had other ideas and with only one goal in the game it was Liversedge who came out on top. Liversedge’s victory will have sent out a strong signal to Athersley’s title challengers.
In the Under 11 cup, Silkstone were unable to find the net in their visit to neighbours North Gawber.
No doubt Silkstone were hoping to get one over on their derby rivals, but promotion-chasing North Gawber proved too strong in the end and goals from Tom Saxton, Tom Sellers and Niall Smith were enough to put the name of North Gawber into the fourth round.
Scholes’ second round meeting with Shelf should have taken place in December and, but for a change in the weather, it might not have taken place on Sunday. Thankfully, the Scholes pitch held up and the game was finally played.
Unbeaten so far this season, Scholes’ Fourth Division side were hoping to give their Second Division opponents a run for their money but, in the end, the two-division gap proved too much for the home side and Shelf finished 9-2 victors.
Although Scholes scored through James Hargreaves and George Garforth it was not enough.
A four-goal blast from Daniel Beardsley, two each from Harry Talbot and Jenkins and one from James Grace sent Shelf comfortably into the third round.
Another Fourth Division side hoping to cause an upset were Dalton Dynamoes Under 13s in their third round cup game at Dodworth.
The Dynamoes found the net three times thanks to goals from Michael Tyas (2) and Kieran McMinn, but Third Division Dodworth proved too big a hurdle for the Dynamoes, who went out 7-3.
In the league, Sam Adams will be pleased the Hall Green United pitch was in good condition as he rattled in five goals against Vision.
Haydn Ward, Lukas Asquith and Steven Burns also grabbed one each to add another three points to their Third Division promotion drive.
With almost 40 cup games now at least a month behind schedule, together with county cup and district cup delays, the league committee have now deemed that all cup games must now take priority, therefore this Sunday (weather permitting) should see another round of cup games being played.