RYAN LACH fired Britannia Sports Reserves ahead with a goal inside the first minute as his side beat Shepley 5-3 in Reserve Division II.

In poor conditions, Shepley failed to make a routine clearance and were punished when Lach (inset) volleyed home.

Britannia made the most of having the weather in their favour with some good passing football leading to two neat finishes from Danny Wood.

Shepley then punished Britannia for failing to clear their lines to make it 3-1, only for Wood to complete a first-half hat trick with a blistering 20-yard strike.

With conditions against them in the second half, Britannia had to take their chances when they came and improved on their comfortable lead with a nice finish from Matthew Booth.

Shepley used the wind to their advantage and grabbed two quick-fire goals to reduce the deficit.

But Britannia eventually saw out the game 5-3 in a match in which both teams deserve credit for the effort they displayed despite the tough circumstances.

Meltham A produced a great second-half fightback to beat Kirkheaton 3-2 and book a place in the Gee Cup semi-finals.

Three 16-year-old second-half substitutes changed the complexion of what was fast becoming a routine Kirkheaton victory.

Once again, tough conditions plagued the game as Kirkheaton attacked Meltham downhill with the wind behind them.

The young Meltham team resisted for long periods of the first half and adopted counter-attacking tactics due to lack of possession.

After a hard-working first half performance Meltham eventually broke and Kirkheaton got the goal that their pressure had warranted before adding a second soon after the break.

Meltham grabbed a goal back with 10 minutes remaining when Gareth Brewins was sent clear down the right and he beat the goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

With pressure mounting on Kirkheaton, the Meltham youngsters took advantage in the final five minutes to snatch an unlikely win with goals from Myers and Sykes.