FARSLEY Celtic Juniors booked their place in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup fourth round with Saturday’s ground-breaking 1-0 win against Horbury Town.
Farsley – from the Yorkshire Amateur League Premier Division – faced a Horbury side who are fifth in the West Yorkshire League Premier having won 10 and drawn one of their last 11 matches. But the underdogs grabbed the only goal of the game when a first-half Andy Cooper corner was nodded home by Tom Ormanroyd to set up a fourth round tie at Robin Hood Athletic.
Jubilant joint coach Barry Thirsk, who coaches alongside Adam Thirsk, beamed: “This was a great and deserved win. This could not have happened without every one of the 13 players giving 100 per cent effort, concentration, discipline as well as playing good football when they could, as the team look forward to the next challenge, this time from Robin Hood Athletic.”
Fellow Yorkshire Amateur League side Farnley Sports faced West Yorkshire League powerhouses Oxenhope Recreation and performed with huge credit before suffering a 3-1 exit.
Farnley saw their captain sent off but remained competitive throughout with a Colin Cobley cross sliced by a defender into his own net.
West Yorkshire League representation remains strong with a Barrie Frankland hat-trick gave Leeds City a 4-1 success at home to much-respected Springhead in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup third round.
Sharp-shooting Frankland hit home after 21, 35 and 42 minutes to help see off Springhead who also conceded in the 63rd-minute to an Alex Miller strike.
City are one of several West Yorkshire League sides through to the nest round with Beeston St Anthony’s walloping visiting Old Centralians 11-0.
Bardsey also eased through as a Daniel Maw double inspired a 4-0 win at home to Northowram.
Craig Maynard and Jamie Thomson also netted for the Keswick Laners. And Graham Marchant bagged a brilliant hat-trick as Robin Hood Athletic obliged 3-0 at Brighouse Old Boys.
Knaresborough Town obliged 3-1 at Goole United as Brad Walker’s double was supplemented by a Paul Atkinson strike. And Boroughbridge enjoyed a fine 3-1 victory at home to County Amateur League outfit Campion.
Campion led 1-0 at the break through Omar Habeeb but second-half strikes from Ryan Priestman, Jake Fletcher and Mike Mullenger turned the game on its head.
From Division One of the West Yorkshire League, Carlton Athletic enjoyed a 2-1 victory at County Amateur League hosts Lower Hopton.
Goals from Liam Moore and Dennis Katoro sent Carlton through, despite Luke Peacock netting for the hosts.
Howden Clough were also 5-4 winners at Elland United.
Two County Amateur League sides enjoyed 1-0 wins with Campion overcoming visiting Lepton Highlanders through a first-half Omar Habeeb strike. A second-half Sam Waterhouse goal also gave Salts a 1-0 triumph at home to Steeton.
In County FA Challenge Trophy highlights, Gildersome Spurs Old Boys zoomed into the fourth round with an 8-1 win at home to AFC Kettlethorpe. A Stephen Wales treble was supported by braces from Ben Keedy and Mike Hall plus a Stephen Ball strike.
Yorkshire Amateur League representation ended in the Challenge Trophy with St Nicholas enduring a heartbreaking 6-5 loss on penalties at home to Church Fenton White Horse Firsts. Alwoodley Reserves, Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves, Wortley and Leeds City OB were all also knocked out.