DEIGHTON remain one of the favourites for the Under 12 Division III title this season after a 7-5 home win against Skelmanthorpe.
But Skelmanthorpe’s persistence went very close to ending Deighton’s unbeaten run in a thriller at Deighton Arena.
Goals from Jason Hamilton (2), Kie Kennedy (2), Keano Buckley, Josh Furness and Andrej Smith kept Deighton in the lead but they were never allowed to relax as replies from Joel Cartledge, Caleb O’Neil, Brandon Nash-Malone, Morgan Lecomber and an own goal kept Skelmanthorpe within touching distance throughout.
Another Deighton side to enjoy victory were the Under 15s, whose narrow victory over Hepworth United was only their third win of the season.
Hepworth netted three times to keep the home side’s nerves jangling, but replies from Hassan Said (2), Connor Steele and Brandon Aka did the trick.
Meltham sit second from bottom of the Under 18s and a meeting with title-chasing Bay Athletic was never likely to add any points to Meltham’s cause.
Goals from Jermayne Edwards, Albert Bell and Dylan Brett gave the visitors hope but replies from Carl David, Edward Heald, Luke Walker, Brandon Smith and Mitchum Hirst settled the issue 5-3 in the home side’s favour.
County Cups were high on the agenda and the RCD League fared well as a number of previously postponed fourth round games were played.
YMCA eased into the quarter-finals of the Under 16 West Riding County Cup with an away victory over Thornes.
Goals from George Hampshire, Edward Hemmingway and Jem Brogan-Ellis sealed a 3-1 win for the title-chasing Laund Hill side.
And one of YMCA’s nearest rivals, Hartshead, also went through with a win over Pontefract St Josephs.
Rowan Binns (2), Kurt Harris, Craig Morgan, Marley James and Ryan Hird all hit the target to give the RCD League side a 6-3 victory.
Clifton Rangers grabbed victory at Pannal but the game needed to be settled from the penalty spot as the game ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time.
Ossett Town’s 6-1 win against Battyeford guarantees the RCD a 50% presence in the last eight and, with Linthwaite still to play their game against either Sandy Lane or Rothwell, the League is well represented.
And the story was just as bright on the other side of town where Hepworth United’s 4-0 win over Cumberworth ensures the League will have at least one team in the semi-finals of the Sheffield FA County Cup.
United will visit Second Division title-chasing Penistone.
In the League, Kexborough got the better of Upperthong in the Under 13 Division III.
Reece Hudson was on target for Upperthong but a hat trick from Joshua Collinson gave Kexborough a 3-1 win.
Battyeford Under 14s added three points to their Fourth Division challenge as goals from Driver (2), Joe Brook (2), Aaron Summers (2) and Kieran Douglas secured a 7-2 win at Dewsbury Rangers.