Town crash out of Cup

Town bowed out of the County Cup, going down 3-1 at Guiseley in last night’s semi-final at Nethermoor.

But the consolation was full 90 minute runouts for Scott Hogan, Scott Metcalfe and Andrew Milne - and a good 45 from Scott Phelan who recently served a three-match suspension.

And now the Shaymen can focus solely on their number one target - winning the Evo Stik Premier Division title.

Two second half James Walshaw penalties proved to be decisive as Guiseley booked a final against Thackley next month after ex-Shayman Darryn Stamp had cancelled out Scott Phelan’s spot kick opener.

“A lot of them have not played many games,” said coach Lee Nogan, who took charge of the side with boss Neil Aspin on a scouting mission.

“You cannot beat playing and because the team is doing that well it is hard for them to get games

“We train as a squad and we train hard, but there is nothing like playing matches.

“You can be as fit as you like but it is the games that get you sharp

“And that would have done them the world of good last night.”

Town included a handful of youngsters from the Calderdale College youth set up - Scott Eastwood, Matthew Jones and Jordan Coduri started the game with Callum Meade and Hayden Kerris coming on at the break - and all acquitted themselves well.

“I am just a bit gutted for the younger boys because they have done exceptionally well against a good Guiseley team,” said Nogan.

“I think 2-1 would have been a fairer reflection, but they should be really proud of themselves.

“There were three penalties last night and I don’t think any of them were penalties.”

James Riley skippered the side on his final appearance before leaving for Bradford Park Avenue and Nogan was delighted, but not surprised, that he was one of Town’s star performers.

“I thought James Riley was terrific, but that’s how he plays,” he said.