Boss Lee Connor admits he feared the worst as HT Sports were taken all the way to penalties in the very first round of the County FA Sunday Cup.
Leeds Combination League powerhouses HT are looking to regain the trophy they last won in 2014 but were handed a potential tricky draw at home to top-flight Heavy Woollen League outfit Birkenshaw.
And just as HT looked to be en route to a 2-1 victory in normal time the visitors levelled with five minutes to go and then forced an excellent save from Jack Irwin in search of a late winner. After a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes and extra-time, Irwin was also HT’s hero as the game was settled on spot kicks with the custodian saving one penalty and seeing another missed as HT progressed with a 5-3 verdict.
Jason Davis and Barry Franklin both netted spot kicks to add to their normal time goals with Sam Ackeroyd, Luke Gordon and Baz Frankland also on target from 12 yards. Player manager Connor opted not to take a penalty and said: “My penalty days are over but I feared the worst! It was a funny game. They made it hard for us.”
Yet HT eventually came up trumps and they will be joined in the second round by fellow Leeds Combination League top-flight side Seacroft WMC who booked their progression with a 4-0 triumph at Overthorpe Sports Club.
Luke Grant bagged a double for Seacroft with Ryan Robinson and Liam Robinson adding a goal each. But Leeds City Rovers were sent out of the competition after losing a penalty shoot-out 4-3 at home to Hare & Hounds from the Combination Premier. Two normal-time Rob Holliday penalties took Rovers to the shoot-out with a brace from Callum Heppels keeping the visitors going en route to their first victory of the season.
Also from the Combination League second tier, JB Celtic stormed through with a 5-1 success at home to Oddfellows Celtic 2014. Richie Banks and Andy Campbell both notched doubles for JB for whom James Child also struck. Queenswood Crusaders also enjoyed a 3-2 success at home to FC Anglers with Dan Redfearn and James Hochstarsser among the goals.
Plenty of teams including Chapeltown Fforde Grene and Halton Moor had byes through to round two but Sunday League big guns King George and St John Fisher were drawn against each other with Fisher recording a 4-2 away victory. Fryston AFC overcame a similarly tough assignment with a 3-1 win at home to Yeadon Veterans while Ferrybridge Progressive obliged 2-0 at Heckmondwike Sports Club.
But FC Byram Munich were chinned 2-0 at Woodman Batley Carr. Horsforth St Margaret’s went through 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at home to Thonrbury Celtic while AFC Chickenly obliged 4-1 at Beehive And Crossgates.
SCOTT CARTER hit a double hat-trick as hosts Milshaw Park Rangers chinned Mill Lane 2004 6-5 in the County Sunday Trophy first round.
Carter stole the round-one headlines with a host of fellow Leeds Combination League teams through including Halfway after a 6-1 success at home to Croft Road with doubles from Adam Pulford and Nick Sheldon supported by a goal each from Jerry Novotny and Adam Prince.
Whitkirk Wanderers eased to a 4-0 win at Swillington Welfare with Jordan Booth, Jordan Walker, Reece Kay and Oliver Mallinson all netting.
Strikes from Patrick Pillar and Ronnie Hay gave Chapel Allerton a 2-1 progression at Dalton.
AFC Bramley also beat visiting Deighton WMC 3-1.
But Garforth Villa went out despite netting a half dozen at home to Station Hotel in a 7-6 loss.
Home doubles from Jordan Hayes and Johnny Booker plus strikes from Harry Coates and Cathal O’Hare were to no avail.
Goals from Billy Cameron and Danny failed to save AFC Travellers from a 4-2 loss at Wrose Bull.
D Waite’s strike was in vain for Swillington Welfare, who were blitzed 6-1 by visiting Beechwood.
Rick Woolin’s strike failed to stop FC West Leeds (Guiseley) from losing 3-1 at home to Aire Athletic Reserves while Dan Rose notched for Oulton Athletic who were beaten 3-1 at home to Sporting Pudsey.
Lee McKenzie struck for Leodis United but there were beaten 3-1 at Nevison Leap while efforts from J Brick and J Webb could not stop Brick being dismantled 4-2 at Nags.
AFC Elford ducked out after a 12-2 loss at Gaping Goose.
From the Leeds Sunday League, Kirkstall Crusaders enjoyed a 5-0 win at home to Fairweather Green WMC thanks to a double from Martin Loveridge plus a goal each from Kyle Wilcock, Anthony Williamson and Liam Marshall.
East Leeds Celtic, meanwhile, suffered a 5-3 exit on penalties at Eccleshill United Sports Club.