BOSS Wayne Dixon hopes Saturday’s shock League Cup win can be the catalyst of more to come at Middleton Park.
With the West Yorkshire League representative side in FA Inter League action, the spotlight fell on teams in Divisions One and Two with Park making waves through a 2-1 cup win at higher league Baildon Trinity Athletic.
Baildon sit 12th in Division One and led 1-0 but had no answers to Park’s comeback which Dixon hopes will breed confidence for the rest of his side’s league campaign.
“We didn’t really expect to get this far so I don’t think we’ve thought about the next stage yet!” said Dixon.
“Baildon are a good side and we did really well to get such a good result against them.
“Obviously, the aim would be to go as far as we can in the League Cup, but if I’m honest I would sacrifice that for the league, all focus is on doing well in that, really. A win is a win though and especially in the circumstances.
“We had six of our players out for the game, so I really did think we were going to be annihilated! When that last goal went in it was a great feeling, I’m really proud.
“This is obviously going to give us confidence especially when we didn’t have a full squad and it was a team from the division above. Hopefully we can take that now and convert it into more good performances and hopefully more wins.”
Baildon looked on course for victory when netting from the penalty spot just after the hour mark, but Park levelled when Jordan Tate received a long throw from keeper Lee McGrath before he weaved in and out of a sea of Baildon shirts and slotted home to equalise. Middleton then turned the game completely on its head in dramatic fashion with a winner in the last kick of the game through Sam Wilson.
Elsewhere in League Cup action, Howden Clough put on a spectacle, beating Garforth Rangers 11-0. Goals were also plentiful in Barwick’s clash with Hall Green United, Barwick running out 7-5 winners. Normanton Woodhouse Hill were forced into extra time following a 7-7 clash with Ripon City and eventually lost 4-2 on penalties. Domonic Simpson bagged a hat-trick for Ossett Albion in their 7-2 win over Hartshead with other goals coming from Greg Hunter (2) Jordon Garrick and James Ferguson. Rothwell Town also progressed, beating Kippax 3-0 thanks to goals from Calvin Park, Benjamin Richards and Ben Willis.
In league action, Division One leaders Stanley United made it eight wins out of nine as goals from Ashley Downing and Adam Hayton sealed a 2-0 success at Featherstone Colliery.
Ilkley Town moved second with a 1-0 success at Old Centralians while Whitkirk Wanderers sit fourth following a 2-1 triumph against visiting Thornhill for whom an Anees Younis strike was in vain.
Hosts Sherburn White Rose and East End Park shared a 1-1 draw with goals from Connor Booth and Owen Drinkall respectively. Division Two leaders Huddersfield Amateur breezed to a 5-1 win at Kellingley Welfare with doubles from Mathew Parker and Jacob Driver plus a Joseph Simmons strike. Robert Anderson netted for the hosts.
Kieron Jarret bagged the winning goal as second-placed Great Preston obliged 2-1 at Swillington Saints for whom Thomas Day hit home.