THE District League flag is still being carried in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup by Uppermill and Newsome as they reached the last 32 of the competition.
Uppermill finished third in Division I last season and it’s basically the same squad with just a couple of changes.
In midfield, they have Craig Wilkinson who, after a few years in Sunday football, is chancing his arm in a Saturday competition and has earned his place in Uppermill’s first eleven.
The other addition is Graham Preston, who has returned to the club after being away in America.
Last week the club registered their tenth successive win when they travelled to Swillington Saints, who play in Division I of the West Yorkshire League, and came away with a 3-0 victory.
Bobby Greenwood gave Uppermill the lead in the 21st minute. His initial shot was well saved by the opposition keeper but Greenwood’s followed up to find the net and 15 minutes later Preston headed home a corner which gave Uppermill a 2-0 interval lead.
Andrew Phebe converted a penalty in the 60th minute to ease his side into the next round.
Newsome are a few points behind Uppermill in the table but are the division’s top scorers and it was their ability to take chances that saw them to overcome County Amateur League side Littletown 5-1.
Adam Hill gave Newsome the lead in the 10th minute with a low left-foot shot but at the break it was 1-1.
A Littletown free-kick was pushed on to the bar by Newsome’s man of the match Danny Hadfield, but an opposing striker was first to react.
In the second half, the Division I side started the brighter with Lee Bradshaw pulling the strings in midfield.
Newsome’s lead was restored when Dwainye Wilkinson chased a long ball and lobbed the ball over the keeper.
Littletown were not finished but as they attacked, Newsome were able to play on the counter attack. Paul Pyke’s slide rule pass allowed Jamie Jobarteh to increase the lead and then recent signing Pyke was at the far post to make it 4-1.
The scoring ended when substitute Neil Robshaw rounded the keeper and scored from an acute angle.
Berry Brow almost made it three sides into the next round.
After 90 minutes they were 4-4 against Oxenhope Recreation, but conceded in extra time to lose 5-4.
In the West Riding Trophy, there was only one winner from the District League.
Britannia Sports beat Oakworth 4-0 but it might still be two as Meltham Athletic’s tie with Rothwell Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The first half of Britannia’s match versus Oakworth was mainly a midfield battle with few chances and it was no surprise that it ended goalless.
The Huddersfield side scored early on the second half and a 25 yard half volley was just reward for Jonathan Bottomley’s overall performance – his midfield work was outstanding.
The second came from the boot of Josh Redshaw and it was another volley. Oakworth’s keeper punched away a corner and it fell to Redshaw who returned it with interest.
Sam McDermott set up his strike partner Luke Eastwood for the third and the final goal came from Ben Clayton-Smith following an excellent 10 pass move.
Britannia’s keeper Richard Wilkins, who made an exceptional save and the central defence pairing of John Buckley and Daniel Walker ensured a clean sheet.
At the top of Division IV, it is a case of "as you were" as all of the top four had wins.
Current leaders are Hade Edge. In 2009, they club celebrated their centenary but on searching the League’s records, the name of Hade Edge has only been engraved on a League trophy once – the Division IV title in 1960-61 season.
A large part of the credit goes to new coach Andrew Daisey.
He has been a player for several seasons alternating between playing in goal and as an outfield player.
This season, with the responsibility on his shoulders, he has picked himself as full-time keeper.
He has a young hungry squad at his disposal and his pre-match talks ensure that they are all well prepared and full of enthusiasm.
The club lost their first match of the season going down 3-1 to Almondbury Woolpack but since then they have clocked-up eight successive League wins.
Last week they beat Thornhill United 2-1. Mark Hallas gave the Edge an early lead in a match that flowed from end to end.
A misunderstanding in the Hade Edge defence allowed Thornhill a chance and Aron Kennedy made no mistake.
Within minutes, the Edge were back in front. An in-swinging free-kick from Lewis Shaw was deflected into the net by a Thornhill defender.
The surprise was that the half time score of 2-1 was also the final score as both sides had several chances.
Hade Edge future looks bright. On the field, promotion has to be the target but it’s still early in the season and there are several still in contention.
Off the field, their Junior teams are flourishing and with the help of the grant from Lloyds TSB, a new clubhouse is being planned.
At least seven of the 12 teams in Division II will be fancying their chances of either the title or promotion.
There are just two points between the top six, and seventh-placed Skelmanthorpe are not without a chance despite having their usual slow start to the season.
They lost their first three matches but since then it’s a record of three wins and a draw for the next four games.
With three of the top clubs in West Riding Cup action, Kirkheaton Rovers took advantage.
They beat second bottom Holmfirth Town by 2-1 and consequently, the Rovers moved up four positions to the top.
Shelley, still in sixth, have moved to within two points of the leaders by beating promotion rivals Dalton Crusaders for the second time in 14 days.
In the Reserve section, two of the 100% records went. AFC Lindley lost 6-4 Dalton Crusaders and Hepworth United Reserves lost 3-1 at home to Skelmanthorpe Reserves.