Saturday Cups: Brilliant Beech set up shot in semi-finals

Match action from Rothwell Town v Hunslet Club in the West Yorkshire League, Leeds District Cup Quarter Final. Pictured Rothwell Towns Thomas Naylor, fends off Hunslet Club's Jonathan Grayson.
Match action from Rothwell Town v Hunslet Club in the West Yorkshire League, Leeds District Cup Quarter Final. Pictured Rothwell Towns Thomas Naylor, fends off Hunslet Club's Jonathan Grayson.
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BEECHWOOD Gate upset the applecart with a 3-1 success at home to Beeston St Anthony’s in the quarter-finals of the Leeds and District FA Senior Challenge Cup.

Matthew Moon gave West Yorkshire League high-flyers Beeston an early lead but Wakefield Saturday League big guns Beechwood came roaring back to lead 3-1. Sean Jeavons bagged another to give Saints hope but Beechwood held on for something of an upset.

Leeds City secured a 4-1 victory in their all-West Yorkshire League tie at Old Centralians from the division below. A second-half hat-trick from James Hochstrasser, plus a Steven Tierney strike settled matters.

Hunslet Club romped to a 7-2 win in their tie at West Yorkshire League rivals Rothwell Town, who are two divisions below them. Strikes from Scott Carter and Thomas Carter were in vain for the hosts.

Yorkshire Amateur League representation ended as Stanningley Old Boys fell to a 3-2 reverse at home to the West Yorkshire League top flight’s bottom side East End Park.

Two John Mallinson strikes, including one from the penalty spot, were not enough for Stanningley, who have appointed Nick Sutcliffe as their new manager.

There was disappointment for the Yorkshire Amateur League in the Halifax and District FA Albert Crabtree Cup with Ealandians unexpectedly knocked out by Halifax League side Calder ’76 4-1.

Ealandians were three goals in arrears by the time Jacob Driver netted in the 84th minute.

Yorkshire Amateur League leaders Huddersfield Amateur suffered a 2-1 reverse in extra-time against Halifax League powerhouses Stump Cross. The in-form Jacob Travis put Amateur ahead but a calamitous own goal gave Stump an 85th-minute equaliser and Cross then bagged a 117th-minute winner in extra-time.

There was a huge score at Ovenden West Riding, who obliterated visiting Volunteer Arms 20-0. Andy Bailey and John Booth both bagged four timers, supported by hat-tricks from Glynn Beale and Jay Carney plus a goal each from John Booth, Robbie Graham, Hayden Kerris and Leon E Brook.

Brighouse Town progressed to the quarters after a 2-1 success at home to Brighouse Old Boys.

Yorkshire Amateur League interest in the Heavy Woollen FA Wheatley Cup ended as Batelians lost out 3-1 to Littletown. A double from former Batelians ace Joe Jagger and a Blake Maude strike had Littletown 3-0 up by the time Stu Otway struck an 85th-minute consolation. 

Woodkirk Valley eventually lost 6-2 to the Wakefield League’s Prince of Wales who ran riot in the second half. Goals for a gallant Woodkirk came from Marcus Benstead and Christy Woods. 

Morley Town were ousted 4-1 by Wyke Wanderers for whom two goals from Ben Bodle, plus one each from Ian Horrocks and Aiden Day set them through.

Matthew Ibbotson provided the Morley riposte.

Elsewhere in the Wheatley Cup, Lower Hopton were 5-2 winners at Howden Clough after extra-time.

Sylbert Stewart’s treble and Declan James’s double eventually saw Hopton home and hosed.

Gildersome Spurs Old Boys also suffered a 4-1 loss at Hartshead. FC Gawthorpe moved through with a 2-1 victory at Smokin’’ Aces after extra-time while Crackenedge obliged 3-1 at Ossett Common Rovers.

Thornhill FC overpowered visiting Drighlington Juniors 8-5.

In the Wakefield FA Cyril Craven Challenge Cup, Wakefield City enjoyed a fine 8-1 victory at home to Ryhill in the second round. An Aaron Hurst double was supported by a goal each from Olly Rawson, Connor Glavin, Andy McManus, Ryan Barker, Ryan Southward and an own goal.

In the quarter finals, Stanley United obliged 2-0 at home to Normanton Woodhouse Hill.

A highlight of the Bradford FA Challenge Cup games was an easy win for West Yorkshire League leaders Field, who hammered hosts Campion Reserves 9-0. Three goals by Joshua Milner and two apiece for Danny Cunningham and John Penn were supported by a Chris Smith strike and an own goal.

In the Barkston Ash FA Challenge Cup quarter-finals, Sherburn White Rose hammered visiting Cawood 7-0. Clifford obliged 2-0 at Swillington Saints Welfare while Tadcaster Magnets won 1-0 at Church Fenton White Horse.

In Huddersfield FA Challenge Cup highlights, Storthes Hall cruised to a 10-1 win at Almondbury Woolpack, led by a hat-trick from Gavin Armstrong and doubles from Tom McReadie and Bryn Jenkins.

Bay Athletic overcame visiting Hepworth United 5-1 with goals arriving from Nick Jagger, Wayne Shooter, Kitson Gayle, Danny Stocker and Brighton Mugadza.

CATCH ME: Beechwood's Barry Edwards breaks through the East Leeds defence.. Picture: Simon Hulme

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