Greetland up for Challenge again

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Greetland earned a final date with Stump Cross in the Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup with a 4-1 win over Sowerby United at West Vale on Saturday.

A strong second half display did the trick for a side that has won the competition twice in recent years.

Greetland started the stronger and had a penalty shout waved away when Mark Heppenstall went down inside the box. Carl Ainley then had the ball in the net but was correctly flagged offside.

However, Greetland did take the lead from a counter attack involving Nathan Wallace and Adam Oldfield, Asa Lumb’s shot from on the edge of the area being deflected in off the unlucky Sowerby ‘keeper.

This lifted Greetland but Sowerby dug in and fought hard with Ryan Brook leading by example.

Sowerby drew level when Corey Henderson dispossessed a defender and found Lee Barber, whose pass was rifled into the net by Chris Punda.

After the break Matty Oldfield and Carl Ainley combined to find Mark Heppenstall in space and his first time lob from outside the area restored Greetland’s lead.

Paul Gee then gave Greetland some breathing space when his wind aided free kick from just inside the Sowerby half deceived the ‘keeper to make it 3-1.

Two minutes later fullback Gee played a great one-two with Danny Dorward and raced clear down the line, his accurate cross being turned in by the impressive Heppenstall.

A free kick was tipped onto the bar by Craig Taylor but Tom Wall, Jonny Crowther and Jimmy Highley all went close to extending the lead in the late stages.