Saturday County Cup: Saints in heaven after huge cup win

Action from Whitkirk Wanderers and Alwoodley FC.
Action from Whitkirk Wanderers and Alwoodley FC.
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BEESTON ST Anthony’s sauntered into the third round of the County Challenge Cup by blitzing FC Headingley 15-0 at King Field.

Beeston’s hosting of Yorkshire Amateur League visitors Headingley was over inside 15 minutes in which time Matthew Jackson had helped himself to a four-goal haul. Saints went on to lead 8-0 at the break and added a further seven in the second half with Moon netting a hat-trick to support braces from Jeavons and Crawford plus strikes from Coleman and Thackray.

Beeston will host Old Centralians in the last 16 on December 6 and must be seen as one of the competition’s favourites in light of Field crashing out at home to Bardsey. Bardsey were missing a whole host of players and looked doomed when 2-0 down with 25 minutes left. But the West Yorkshire League champions turned the game on its head with strikes from Stewart Berry, Craig Maynard and Daniel Maw to book a last 16 date at Northowram.

Northowram were 2-0 winners at home to Tyersal while Beeston’s next opponents, Old Centralians, won 2-0 at the Yorkshire Amateur League’s Stanningley Old Boys who had two men sent off. The West Yorkshire League’s third-placed side, Oxenhope Recreation, eased to a 4-0 win at Cononley Sports Club.

But Leeds City needed extra-time before eventually sinking Yorkshire Amateur League leaders Huddersfield Amateur in a 6-3 classic. Previous winners City looked to be heading out with Ammers leading 3-1 through a Ben Charlesworth brace and Lee Travis’ strike. But City – who initially led through Alex McGurk –made it 3-2 through Alex Miller with James Hochstrasser then heading home a dramatic 93rd-minute equaliser. Hochstrasser then riot in extra time by netting three more including a penalty.

Knaresborough Town romped in 8-1 at Shelf United. A Paul Atkinson treble was supported by doubles from Toby Lees and Brad Walker plus a James McGonagle strike.

Horbury Town won 4-2 at Aberford Albion while Brighouse Old Boys overcame visiting Ilkley Town 3-0. Boroughbridge progressed by winning a 4-2 derby at Ripon City for whom a Ben Jones brace was in vain. And Robin Hood Athletic overcame visiting Kirk Deighton Rangers 4-0 with goals from Daniel Chadwick, Tinotenda Chibharo, Jonny Downey and Simon Poole.

Otley Town, though, were ousted 5-2 by visiting Grassington United with home goals from Scott Firth and John Lock to no avail. From Division One of the West Yorkshire, second-bottom Whitkirk Wanderers obliged 2-1 at Yorkshire Amateur League side Alwoodley.

Stephen Copley’s late winner sent Whitkirk through despite Rob Oxley levelling for the hosts. Howden Clough also obliged 7-2 at Earby Town while Carlton Athletic progressed 2-1 at Pool.

Reece Fennell and Liam Moore netted for Carlton with Sam McCaffrey on target for Pool. But Thornhill went out 7-5 after extra time at Salts with a Scott Hargreaves treble plus away goals from Lee Brook and Wayne Flannery to no avail.

Wyke Wanderers were beaten 2-1 after extra time at home to Lower Hopton while Altofts exited 4-0 at Settle United.

Swillington Saints lost out 5-3 at Morley Town who are one of four Yorkshire Amateur League teams through.

Swillington led 2-0 with Jamie Davies, Jamie Scott and Danny Waite all netting for them but two goals from Jonathan Wilmshurst plus one each from Matthew Ibbotson, Jovan Kioseff and Marc Haley made Morley’s day. Farsley Celtic Juniors also ousted visiting Sherburn Whit Rose 3-1 despite trailing to a Lee Granger strike.

Two second-half goals from Luke Kitson plus a Craig Farrand penalty sent Farsley through.

Ealandians edged a 1-0 success at home to last year’s quarter finalists Brighouse Town Reserves through an 83rd-minute winner from James Greenwood.

And Farnley Sports savoured a 3-1 win at Greetland who led through an own goal. Barrie Danby’s hat-trick rapidly turned the tide.

Campion, Steeton and Lepton Highlanders are among other County Amateur League teams through but Ovenden West Riding crashed to a 4-0 loss at home to Springhead.

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