FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CUP THIRD ROUND PROPER IN ASSOCIATION WITH BUDWEISER
Yorkshire Clubs provided the two biggest shocks of this weekends Third Round Proper. Sheffield United, who have struggled this campaign in Sky Bet League One picked up a famous 2-1 victory away at Premier League outfit Aston Villa. Nigel Clough’s outfit took the lead through a strike by Jamie Murphy in the first half. Despite Christian Benteke missing numerous efforts, Villa equalised through Nicklas Helenius’s first goal for the club before Ryan Flynn’s left foot strike from twenty yards won the Blades the tie. United will welcome the winner of the Norwich-Fulham tie to Bramall Lane in three weeks time.
Unfortunately for Leeds United, they were the giants being killed four years on from their famous victory at Old Trafford. The men from Beeston fell behind to League Two’s Rochdale moments before the half time interval when Scott Hogan turned a teasing cross from Peter Vincenti into the back of Paddy Kenny’s goal. Despite two Matt Smith efforts being cleared off the line, Leeds fate was sealed when Ian Henderson beautifully vollyed home six minutes from time.
Huddersfield Town managed to steal victory from the jaws of defeat at Non League outfit Grimsby Town. Former Bradford City striker Ross Hannah fired the Mariners into the lead from close range. In the Second Half, Oliver Norwood fired home a free kick to bring Town level before they fell behind again to a Craig Disley effort. Martin Paterson’s close range strike brought the sides level again before Town won the tie with a last minute own goal from Grimsby left back Aswad Thomas. Huddersfield will welcome Charlton or Oxford to the John Smith’s Stadium in Round Four.
Whilst Huddersfield managed to steal victory from defeat, Barnsley snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at home to Coventry City. Jim O’Brien fired the Tykes into the lead after lobbing the Coventry keeper before late strikes from Coventry’s Belgian Franck Moussa and top scorer Leon Clarke secured the Sky Blues a trip to Arsenal.
Doncaster Rovers also fell victim to a home defeat against League One opposition. After a goalless first half, Francois Zoko fired Stevenage into a lead before the Hertfordshire side doubled their lead with a Peter Hartley header. Harry Forrester halfed the deficit before Darius Charles wrapped up the tie. Liam Wakefield got a consolation but it was to little to late for Rovers. Stevenage will now play host to Everton in the next round.
In the all Yorkshire tie in Round Three, Hull City picked up a 2-0 victory away at Middlesbrough. Aaron McClean stuck David Meyler’s deflected shot past Dimi Konstantopoulos before the Tigers wrapped up the tie in the second half when Nick Proschwitz scored his second goal off the season. Hull now travel to Southend, managed by former boss Phil Brown, in the Fourth Round.
And finally, Sheffield Wednesday will have to do it all again with Non-League Macclesfield Town following a 1-1 draw at Moss Rose. Reda Johnson headed the Owls into the lead before a second half equaliser by ex-Bradford City Defender Steve Williams prodded home. The winner off the tie will travel to Leeds’s conquerous Rochdale next time out in the Cup.
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Our only Yorkshire representative in this division York City eased their relegation worries with a 3-1 home victory over Dagenham & Redbridge. Adam Bowman broke the deadlock with a well placed effort before the Minstermen’s top goalscorer Wes Fletcher wrapped the game up with goals from a looping cross and then found the bottom corner. Dagenham’s consolation came about when Rhys Murphy pounced on a defensive effort. York travel to fellow strugglers Northampton Town next weekend.
FC Halifax Town remain in the Play Off Places on Goals Scored despite a 2-0 defeat at struggling Tamworth. Lloyd Kerry’s curling cross flew straight into the goal before Andy Todd vollyed home a Nick Chadwick knockdown to wrap up the victory. The Shaymen play host to Salisbury on Tuesday Night prior to travelling to Wrexham next weekend.
Bradford Park Avenue turned on the style as they thrashed relegation threatened Worcester City 6-1 at the Horsfall Stadium. Avenue, who have lost their last five, fell behind to an Ethan Moore goal. Nicky Boshell, Jordan Deacey and new signing Paul Beesley sent Park Avenue in with a half time lead. They completed the rout in the second half with Adam Clayton and another new signing in Ross Gardner made it 5-1 before Boshell converted a penalty to complete the rout.
North Ferriby United braved the conditions to travel to Hednesford Town for a top off the table encounter. Anthony Wilson’s 43rd minute header proved the difference to secure the Humberside outfit three points and their place back at the top of the Skrill North table.
Harrogate Town were partly responsible for North Ferriby’s return to the top as they held AFC Telford United to a 2-2 draw. Harrogate took the lead through Dave Merris’s stunning effort from the edge of the area. The visitors levelled when Michael Grogan turned home Matty McGinn’s long throw. Town retook the lead from a Shane Killock header before surrendering the three points when they allowed Tony Gray to side foot the ball home.
Guiseley ended up with the weekend off after their trip to Brackley Town was postponed due to a Waterlogged Pitch.
EVO-STIK NORTHERN LEAGUE
In the Premier Division, Whitby Town held leaders Skelmersdale United to a 2-2 draw depsite being 2-0 at one stage in the second half. Both struggling at the wrong end off the table, Frickley Athletic and Stocksbridge Park Steelers both slipped to defeats. Frickley went down 2-1 at Marine whilst Stocksbridge suffered a 3-1 defeat away at fellow strugglers Stafford Rangers.
In Division One North, Farsley maintained their promotion push with a 3-2 victory away at Cammell Laird. Ossett Town picked up a 2-1 victory at Burscough, but for cross town rivals Ossett Albion, they remained cut adrift at the bottom after a 2-1 home defeat to second placed Warrington Town. Harrogate Railway Athletic went down 2-1 at Lancaster City and finally, Wakefield came from 3-0 down to snatch a point at home to Kendal Town.
In Division One South, both Scarborough Athletic and Sheffield FC slipped to defeats. Scarborough went down 3-1 at home to Romulus whilst Sheffield FC were defeated 3-2 away at Market Drayton Town.
TOOLSTATION NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST FOOTBALL LEAGUE
In the Premier Division, Tadcaster Albion remained three points off Barton Town Old Boys following a 5-3 defeat away at Basford United. Thackley picked up a 2-1 away victory at Winterton Rangers whilst Athersley Recreation & Bridlington Town shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw. Armthorpe Welfare picked up a 2-0 victory away at Garforth Town. Parkgate went down 2-1 away at Maltby Main in the South Yorkshire Derby.
In the First Division, Pontefract Colleries put Hall Road Rangers to the sword with a 3-0 victory. Eccleshill United were held to a 3-3 draw at home by struggling Appleby Frodingham with Hemsworth Miners Welfare slipping to a 2-1 home defeat to Dinnington Town. AFC Emley and Selby Town both went down to 2-0 defeats. Emley were away at Rossington Main whilst Selby played host to Clipstone. Knarseborough Town picked up a point away at Shirebrook Town in a 3-3 thriller whilst finally, Yorkshire Amateur were defeated 3-0 at home to Grimsby Borough.
WEST RIDING COUNTY AMATEUR LEAGUE
Just three results to bring you from this division. Campion won 2-1 away at Tyersal, Ovenden West Riding defeated Storthes Hall 2-1 and finally, Kirkburton picked up a 3-2 victory at home to Hall Green United.
Bay Athletic were in West Riding County FA Challenge Cup action this weekend, picking up a 2-1 victory at home to Gildersome Spurs Old Boys.