County Cups: History-making Alwoodley follow in Leeds Medics’ footsteps

Alwoodley's 'Tom McKenna. PIC: Steve Riding
Alwoodley's 'Tom McKenna. PIC: Steve Riding
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ALWOODLEY BECAME only the second Yorkshire Amateur League side in history to reach the quarter-finals of the West Riding FA County Challenge Cup, just seven days after Leeds Medics & Dentists had become the first, writes LEE SOBOT.

Alwoodley, fifth in the Yorkshire Amateur Premier, recorded a fine 3-0 victory at home to Aberford Albion who are tenth in Division One of the West Yorkshire League. Danny Ashton’s cross set up James Wilmoth to volley home a seventh-minute opener before a Dino Mulavdic corner was headed home by Tom McKenna.

After a rash challenge on Callum Armstrong, Mulavdic then confidently bagged his second from the penalty spot. The clash was refereed by Kurtis Adams, brother of Leeds’ double Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams.

Alwoodley will now visit Golcar United in the quarter-finals which are scheduled to be played in Saturday, February 3.

West Yorkshire League champions Carlton Athletic moved through as Liam Moore helped himself to a double in a 4-1 triumph at Newsome. Moore’s brace was backed up by strikes from Scott Burns and Anees Younis as Carlton eased into the last eight. An early Tom White strike ultimately proved in vain for Newsome.

Carlton will next visit Steeton also went through with a 4-1 triumph at home to fellow County Amateur League side and Premier Division leaders Salts. Sam Rooke, Andy Briggs, Ben Clarkson and Ben Richardson all netted for Steeton with only Jamie Birchall replying for Salts. The other two quarter-finals will see Campion host Rawdon Old Boys with Leeds Medics & Dentists heading to Ilkley Town Juniors.

In County Challenge Trophy highlights, Yorkshire Amateur League side Baildon Trinity exited in cruel circumstances after losing a penalty shoot out 3-2 at home to the Beeston St Anthony’s West Yorkshire reserves side.

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Basement side Wakefield City won only their second Premier Division game of the season, defeating fellow strugglers Lepton Highlanders 3-2, writes THOMAS RITCHIE.

Goals from Nash Connolly, Jermaine Moyce and William Goddard-Pantic saw Wakefield race into a three-goal half-time lead. Second-half strikes from James Cusworth and Gary Bradley made it a nervy finale, but Wakefield moved within four points of Lepton, with four games in hand.

Littletown found their shooting boots to move one point behind their opponents, as they ran riot away from home in a 7-0 success at Wibsey. Littletown led 3-0 at the break and were comfortable throughout, Mat Bugg the star of the show with a hat-trick whilst Joe Jagger hit a brace and Callum Wheatley and Aiden Schofield added further goals.

There was just one game in Division One as Ovenden West Riding extended their lead at the top to seven points, handing fifth-placed West Horton a 10-2 thrashing. John Booth hit a sublime hat-trick, Mat Jones added a fine brace, with Damian Randall, Scott Eastwood, Terry Ryan, Glynne Beale and Andrew Butterworth all finding the net. Goals from Ben McCardle and Ryan Sanson proved to be nothing more than consolations for West Horton.

There was also action in round two of the Premier Division and Division One cups. In the Premier Division Cup, Campion and Golcar United went all the way, as Campion edged the penalty shoot-out 9-8. The game had initially finished 1-1, with Campion scoring through Jahro Parchment and Golcar through Alex Hallam. Lower Hopton also progressed to round three as they defeated Thornton United 2-1 in a tight contest. Ryan Malcolm’s goal for Thornton was not enough as strikes from Adam Stephenson and Thomas Richter sent Lower Hopton through.

In the Division One Cup, Golcar United’s reserves were more successful from the spot, winning their penalty shoot-out against Salts Reserves 5-4. The game finished 3-3 after extra time, Nathan Hartley, Andy Sadowskyj and Oliver Hume all finding the target, ultimately in vain, for Salts.

Steeton reserves also continued their progression in the competition, easing to a 7-2 victory away to Tingley Athletic.