Chickenley and Mirfield secure Challenge Cup semi-final places

Westgate 23s Jack Clough rises above the Scholes defence but heads wide during last Sundays Heavy Woollen Challenge Trophy defeat against the Division Two leaders at New Popplewell Lane.  Pictures: Paul Butterfield
Westgate 23s Jack Clough rises above the Scholes defence but heads wide during last Sundays Heavy Woollen Challenge Trophy defeat against the Division Two leaders at New Popplewell Lane. Pictures: Paul Butterfield

AFC Chickenley powered into the Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup semi-finals with a 6-0 win at Clifton Rangers last Sunday.

Tim Clarke led the way with a hat-trick, there was a brace from Shaun McDaid plus a strike from David O’Keefe.

Mirfield Town also progressed but they needed penalties to overcome Woodman Batley Carr after the sides drew 3-3.

Mirfield thrashed Woodman 7-1 in the Brook Butler Cup in October but there was no repeat as they were pushed all the way.

Andrew Pickles hit a hat-trick for Woodman but Michael Rounding, Adam Brown and Josh Cooke netted for Mirfield ensuring the tie went to a shoot out and it was Town who progressed 4-3.

Linthwaite proved they will be a force to be reckoned with in the Premier Division next season after they won 5-0 at Woodkirk Valley.

Linthwaite have won all seven matches in the Championship this season, having joined from the Huddersfield League.

They have scored 70 goals in the process and conceded just five and they proved too strong for the Premier Division high fliers.

St John Fisher saw a cup-tie postponed for the second week running, this time the scheduled game at Mount Pleasant.

Fisher are again due to be in cup action this Sunday when they meet Heckmondwike Sports Club in the West Riding County Cup, while their postponed Brook Butler tie away to Slip Inn Hounds has been re-arranged for December 18.

Scholes Athletic are safely through to the Heavy Woollen Challenge Trophy semi-finals after a 2-0 victory over Westgate 23.

Scholes are nine points clear at the top of Division One but were made to work hard by the Division Two promotion chasers with goals from Kieran Armitage and Jonathan Irvine seeing Athletic through.

They are joined in the last four by Roberttown Rovers, who won 4-0 at Birstall St Patricks, while the quarter-final tie between St Ignatius and Snowdon was postponed.

Dewsbury United booked a quarter-final date away to Saville Arms in the new year as they defeated Linthwaite Reserves 4-2 in their delayed second round tie.

Jamie Beever bagged a brace, while goals from Ryan Laidlaw and Danny Laidlaw saw United safely through despite Chris Plumbly and Clayton Phillips replying for Linthwaite.

The sides meet again this Sunday when United will be hoping to climb from second-bottom in the table.