Athersley Recreation visit local rivals Penistone Church in the FA Vase tomorrow on the back of a win achieved despite playing with ten men for 85 minutes.
Athersley had captain Ryan White sent off after five minutes of their match at Nostell MW on Saturday but they won 3-1 to end a run of four successive losses and seven matches without victory. It was 1-1 after five minutes as Jack Briscoe's early opener was cancelled out almost instantly. White then received a second yellow card, both for dissent, as he complained that the home goal was scored with an Athersley man down due to a head injury. Joint manager Jason Dodsworth was also dismissed at half-time after arguing with the referee. But Rec's ten men managed to keep Nostell out and scored at the start and end of the second half through Adam Podmore and Scott Turner.
Meanwhile, Church drew 3-3 at Glasshoughton Welfare on Saturday. The hosts stormed into a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes but Danny Barlow and Lewis Dickinson had Penistone level before the break then Duncan Richards put them ahead early in the second half. The lead only lasted five minutes as Glasshoughton made it 3-3 before a goalless final 40 minutes. Church then visited Knaresborough Town on Tuesday and drew 0-0.
Evo-Stik League side Shaw Lane Aquaforce will play their first ever FA Trophy match on Sunday after a mixed week of league action. The Ducks bounced back from a 3-2 defeat at Newcastle Town on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 success at Goole Town on Tuesday. Aquaforce – who reached the last eight of the FA Vase last year before promotion – can take the first steps to Wembley if they win at home to New Mills, who have lost all 11 matches in Division One North with a goal difference of minus 40. The match is on Sunday at 3pm because Barnsley Rugby Union Club are playing tomorrow on the pitch the teams share.
Houghton Main went top of the County Senior League Premier Division on Saturday with a 3-0 success at Thorpe Hesley. Adam Stead, Kieran Hirst and Jake Ford got the goals for Houghton who have 16 points from seven games and are unbeaten in six since losing on the opening day of the season. Wombwell Main made it three wins from three in Division One after they won 3-2 at Denaby United. Adam Winfield netted twice for Wombwell. Silkstone United reached the next round of the League Cup with a 6-1 win at South Kirkby Colliery.