Old Boys and Ovenden among the goals

Brighouse Town's Luke Hill (orange) against Ryburn
Brighouse Town's Luke Hill (orange) against Ryburn

Holders Brighouse Old Boys, Ovenden West Riding and Ryburn United all won away ties on Saturday to join Shelf United in the semi-finals of the Halifax FA Albert Crabtree Cup.

West Yorkshire League side Brighouse Old Boys earned a date with Shelf by brushing aside Hebden Royd Red Star 6-1 away with the help of a Michael Pearson hat-trick.

They were 5-0 up at the break and also had a penalty well saved by Glynn Claxton against a Star side which included five second teamers due to injuries.

Old Boys added a sixth shortly after half time but Red Star avoided further damage and Danny Lumb, who along with Ben Norman and Lewis Cockroft were best for the hosts, got one back following a cross midway through the second period.

West Riding County Amateur League leaders Ovenden made mincemeat of Holmfield, beating their Halifax AFL Premier Division hosts 12-2 on Savile Park, and they now face a February 15 trip to Ryburn United, who beat Brighouse Town’s development side 2-0 in a game switched by Wellesley Park.

Holmfield took the lead with a 10th minute wonder strike from ex-Ovenden player Mick Palethorpe, who spotted Chris Moroney off his line and hit a superb right foot volley over the ‘keeper from fully 45 yards.

However, Ovenden were already into their stride through the likes of Callum Meade and Steve Fullard and the good approach play of Robbie Graham and Scott Eastwood.

Jordan Coduri had already tested Craig Lobley and it was no surprise when Meade finished well in the 18th minute to level the scores.

Meade cheekily back-heeled number two and soon completed his hat-trick after a Kevin Megson pass had split the Holmfield back four.

John Booth made it 1—4 and Fullard got into the act after Coduri had stretched the Holmfield defence. Two cool finishes from Meade made it 1-8 at half time.

Holmfield did their best to keep Ovenden at bay with Lobley, Jay Crowther and Joe Dungworth in the thick of the action.

Coduri smashed in a 20 yarder and Booth, Fullard and Booth again added to Ovenden’s tally before Jamie Keegan had the final say for an outclassed home side.

Ryburn gave an excellent battling display against a young, quick and big Brighouse Town side.

Ryburn boss Craig Walker opted to play five at the back and counter-attack, a tactic which worked a treat with big defenders Craig Peckover, Matt Lamb and Oliver Brearley cutting out a stream of long, diagonal balls from Brighouse.

They were boosted by an early goal, Olly Wilkinson’s long throw being flicked on by Brearley for Christian Silkstone to score.

Silkstone had another chance, but the ball bounced to safety off his shin, and Ash Rayner saved one-on-one to keep Brighouse out.

Town peppered Ryburn in the second half but struggled to penetrate and were restricted to half chances or shots from range.

Ryburn made the game safe in the last five minutes when Rayner cleared and Reece Uttley’s ball over the top was picked up by Silkstone, who overpowered the centre half and scored.