Upton continue to impress in top spot

UPTON and Harewood Social continued to impress in top spot of the Premier Division of the Senior League with a 1-0 success at Pontefract Collieries.

The home side was strengthened by several first team players, and Mick Daley had a scorching 30-yard free-kick superbly saved by Collieries’ keeper, who also managed to foil Ryan McCusker with some slick anticipation.

To their credit, Upton maintained the pressure in the second half and were rewarded in the 75th minute when McCusker finally got a shot into the net.

Prominent for Social were McCusker, Lee Shaw and Ian Cooper.

Upton entertain Retford Town in a top-of-the-table battle, kick-off 2.30pm, meet at the ground at 1.30pm.

Hemsworth Alpha A had hopes of meeting neighbours Hemsworth MW dashed when they fell 2-1 victims to Yorkshire Main in the Doncaster District FA Challenge Cup second round.

After falling behind in the 15th minute, Alpha came back to equalise through Lee Swift five minutes later and had a handful of chances cleared off the line.

Main regained the lead in the 52nd minute and absorbed some lively Hemsworth pressure up to the final whistle to earn a home quarter-final with Hemsworth MW.

Alpha A travel to Bawtry Town in the Premier Division this Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm, meet 12.30pm.

South Kirkby Colliery worked hard when they entertained Retford Town and were unfortunate to fall 2-0 victims.

It was end-to-end in the first half, Jamie Benn and Gary Hatto going close for Colliery but the scoresheet remained blank at the interval.

Town snatched a goal in the 53rd minute, and then back-pedalled as Kirkby came on strongly, Danny Womack seeing his shot diverted off the line before the visitors scored again in the last minute.

Prominent for Colliery were Jamie Benn, Danny Womack and Gary Hatto.

South Kirkby travel to Rossington Main tonight, kick-off 7.30pm, meet 5.45pm.

For the second consecutive week, Hemsworth Alpha and South Elmsall United Services shared the spoils in their Division 1 derby, this one ending 2-2.

A 20-yard strike from Martin Walsh gave Services the lead at the interval, but five minutes after the resumption, Luke Heppinstall put Hemsworth on terms with a cracking 20-yarder.

John Blunt restored Elmsall’s lead five minutes later with a superb solo run in which he beat two defenders, although Alpha refused to give in and, with two minutes remaining, a corner kick by Scott Murphy curled through the keeper’s hands and into the net to tie the scores.

Matthew Hancock, Dave Harrison and Stuart Eades, were the pick of Services.

Alpha visit neighbours Kinsley Boys in Division 1, kick-off 2.30pm, meet 1.30pm, while South Elmsall travel to Swinton Station, kick-off 2.30pm, meet Club 12.30pm.

South Kirkby felt the full force of leaders Swinton Station when they visited and were beaten 6-1.

Although never giving up, Kirkby were unable to check the constant raids from Station who quickly built on an early goal.

Lee Morris reduced the arrears for the visitors.

South Kirkby entertain Ackworth United, kick-off 2.30pm, meet 1pm.

A disappointing display from Hemsworth Tavern led to their 4-1 downfall at Moorland and a possible end to any title hopes.

After gifting the home side a goal in the fifth minute, Tavern was guilty of slack marking for the second goal, but a Paul Green strike raised hopes.

The second half saw Moorland regain command and double their tally with Hemsworth rarely looking dangerous.

Upton Brookside fell further behind in their promotion campaign when they lost 2-1 at TPS.

Facing a strong wind, Brookside gave a positive performance in the first half and were unlucky to have an effort from Clive Pickard disallowed.

TPS broke the deadlock early in the second half with Jamie McDonald equalising as Upton started to press, Pete Tepper playing a one-two with Jamie McDonald whose chipped shot came back off the bar, while Leon McDonald had a shot diverted off the line and Ian Thompson a scorcher blocked before the Stainforth side snatched a late decider.

Brookside entertain Wickersley in Division 1, kick-off 2.30pm, meet Wrangbrook 1.30pm.

There was a 2-1 defeat for Kinsley Boys at Wickersley.

Both sides found it difficult with a strong wind lashing down the pitch, and it was a case of them taking turns to pepper the opposing goal.

Wickersley managed a brace of goals, while Boys could only get one through Reece Hicks.

Kinsley entertain Hemsworth Alpha, kick-off 2.30pm, meet 1pm.