County Challenge Cup: Ealandians recover from early setback to record easy cup triumph

James Flower struck twice for Ealandians at Aimbury.
James Flower struck twice for Ealandians at Aimbury.
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EALANDIANS flew the flag for the Yorkshire Amateur League in style with Saturday’s impressive 6-1 success at Campion Reserves in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup third round.

Campion’s Reserves are eighth in Division One of the West Riding County Amateur League and drew first blood by taking a 1-0 lead through Usman Hussain.

But an Ealandians side who are fifth in the Yorkshire Amateur League Premier got their act together and eventually hit their hosts for six thanks to doubles from James Flower and Mark Heppenstall plus strikes from Glyn Haley and Dene Heppenstall.

Luke Wilczynski took the man of the match award for Ealandians who will now face a much tougher test at home to Huddersfield YMCA in the last 16.

YMCA are second in the County Amateur League Premier having won nine out of their ten games played.

From the West Yorkshire League, Carlton Athletic booked their place in the fourth round with a 3-2 success at home to West Riding County Amateur Football League leaders Lepton Highlanders.

Carlton face a trip to fellow West Yorkshire League side but Division One outfit Hartshead in the last 16. Knaresborough Town, though, reached the end of the road with a 5-3 loss at Rimington who will welcome Yorkshire Amateur League title chasers Farsley Celtic Juniors in round four.

Campion, who are third in the County Amateur League Premier, enjoyed a 6-3 victory at Church Fenton White Horse.

Four goals from Craig Nicholls plus a brace from Jordan Missin hit the hosts for six with an Adam Beavers double and Rory McCrea strike failing to save Fenton. Campion will visit the winners of the delayed third round tie between Field and Heywood Irish Centre.


FAIRBANK United recovered from a disastrous start to the new year to record a 2-1 success at Aimbry in the West Riding FA County Challenge Trophy third round.

Fairbank are fifth in Division Three in the Yorkshire Amateur League and conceded after just 30 seconds of a fixture that had already been postponed twice due to the weather and was switched to the 4G pitch at Dixon’s Academy – Fairbank’s home ground.

But Fairbank slowly gained a foothold into the game against their Huddersfield League opponents with Junaid Ali’s trickery causing problems and Irfan Khan beginning to dominate the midfield.

The introduction of Bahlal Saleem at half-time changed the game and the equaliser arrived with 20 minutes left as Irfan Khan’s 35-yard free-kick fell to Shoaib Hussain to tap home from two yards out.

A speculative kick from keeper Haris Butt then set up Shoaib Hussain to convert the winner with 10 minutes left.

West Yorkshire League outfit Hunslet Club Reserves also progressed with a 5-1 triumph at home to Uppermill Reserves but the adventure is over for the Yorkshire Amateur League’s St Nicholas who lost 6-2 at Huddersfield Amateur.

In the fourth round, the brave run of Yorkshire Amateur League Division Six leaders Morley Town 3rds was eventually ended with a 6-1 loss at Thornton United, who are second in Division Two of the County Amateur League.

John Selby hit a four-timer for the hosts whose Jamie Bairstow and Danny Walker also netted before Morley’s Jason Helm bagged a consolation.

Ealandians Reserves were felled 3-2 by visiting Headingley Reserves who will be joined in the next round by fellow West Yorkshire League side Field Reserves, who marched on with a 2-1 verdict at Broomhill with goals from Joshua Hartley and Matthew Hartley.