St John Fisher Old Boys secretary Jason Todd was left ‘absolutely delighted’ after seeing both his first team and reserves come through dramatic fixtures to book their places in the next round of the Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup, writes ANDY DONLEY.
And Todd believes that it is a blessing that the two sides have been drawn to play each other in the next round.
“It’s win-win really as obviously one team is there to support the other one,” Todd told the YEP.
“It’ll be a good game, we’ve obviously had friendly games between ourselves before, but this will be the first time we’ve competed against each other properly.
“It’ll be a competitive affair because there’s players playing for one team that want to play for the other team.”
The Reserves faced up to Thornhill Lees, one of the teams tipped to be in with a shout of winning the Heavy Woollen Premier Division, but emerged victorious from a compelling tie 5-4.
St John Fisher moved into an early 3-0 lead, as Thornhill only had nine men on the pitch at the start of the match.
But they showed their character to resist a fightback from the top-flight side and book their place in the next round of the draw, something which Todd admits seemed unlikely before the start of play.
“They’re a good side and they’ve been winning games in the Premier with the same men, so we obviously didn’t expect to win.”
St John’s first team needed penalties to get past Mirfield Town, who are unbeaten at the top of the Championship table.
But Todd was just relieved to see his side progress, after revealing that Mirfield are ‘a bit of a bogie team’ for Fisher, and can now look forward to seeing the two sides competing on the 9th November.
AFC Chickenley have also progressed, after they beat Battyeford FC 6-3, despite being pointless in the league so far this season, alongside Barr Street, who take advantage of the fact that Towngate FC have been eliminated from the Heavy Woollen league with immediate effect. There was league action over the weekend also, and Overthorpe Sports Club were in fine form, as they gave Millibridge WMC a thrashing in their own backyard, winning the fixture 6-0. In the final fixture of the weekend, Woodman Batley Carr and Oakwell Motel played out a 2-2 draw.
In the Championship, Woodkirk Valley FC put ten goals past Marsh FC, to win 10-4 in a match that was thrilling for the neutrals, but harrowing for the goalkeepers involved. Heckmondwike Sports Club rounded off a week that was friendly to the away sides by beating Taylor FC 5-0, doubling their goals for the season in the process.
There was also cup action in the lower division of the Heavy Woollen League, in the shape of the Heavy Woollen Challenge Trophy. Birkenshaw FC Reserves, Clifton Rangers, Town Rangers, Snowdon FC, St Ignatius and Clifton Rangers Reserves have all progressed through to the next round, whilst Bay Horse East Ardsley received a bye in their fixture against Gomersal West.
In Division One, Navigation FC beat Punch Bowl AFC 4-2, whilst Battyeford FC Reserves edged a close encounter with Overthorpe Sports Club 3-2.
FC Liversedge thrashed Scholes Athletic 7-2 in Division Two, whilst Batley Irish Nash and Six Lane Ends FC drew 2-2.