Mark bags five as Amateurs ease through

Mark Heppenstall scored five goals in Huddersfield Amateurs’ 7-0 Yorkshire Shield drubbing of Kingburn Athletic from the East Riding Premier League.

The Amateurs were good value for their preliminary round win and were never in danger once they had taken the lead.

The visitors squandered a number of good chances before Heppenstall scored his first - good work in the middle from Nathan Hudson finding Robert Harwood who crossed from the right.

And it only took another three minutes for Heppenstall to double his tally with a cross shot which took a deflection on its way into the back of the net.

The game was effectively ended as a contest in the first minute of the second period when Heppenstall completed his hat trick with a volley from outside the area.

Fellow striker Sam Frankland hit the bar before opening his account for the season from the penalty spot.

With their defence looking rock solid and debutant Cam Stringer in goals looking assured with his handling, the visitors were now in cruise control.

It was a matter of how many goals the visitors would score such was their dominance all over the field.

They went on to score three more in the last 25 minutes with Heppenstall bagging a further two, to make his tally for the season nine in four games, and Frankland scoring a second penalty.

Huddersfield Amateurs Reserves lost their first game of the season going down 1-3 to Alwoodley Reserves.

A strong third team hammered Leeds City Reserves 11-0 with four goals each for Jacob Travis and Dave Holbrook and the fourth team started off their league campaign with a great fight back at Ealandians, coming from 0-3 down to win the game 4-3 in the end and take the spoils.

Brighouse Old Boys needed extra time to overcome Ossett Common Rovers in the West Yorkshire League Cup.

The Old Boys, missing several players, were very slow off the mark, allowing Ossett to gain too much easy possession and when winning the ball back then losing it too easily in midfield.

However, the back four of Joe Nelson, Andy Hall (who had travelled up from Birmingham on the day to help cover the player shortages), Lee Williams and Luke Johnson prevented the home side from creating any real chances.

Gradually the Old Boys got into their stride and their twin strikeforce of Mike Pearson and Rob Kenny started to pose a real threat to the Ossett defence.

Kenny in particular hit a good volley just over the bar and was just off target with a header. However, half time arrived with the score at 0-0.

The second half was a real stalemate, with the Old Boys centre midfield pairing of James Fletcher and Jimmy Cummings now in control, but the Ossett defence working well to stifle their opponents attacks and the 90 minutes finished goalless.

With Kenny suffering from a hamstring pull, manager Phil Garbe was forced to introduce sub Pete Kuleczco for the extra 30 minutes.

Kuleczco had himself suffered a strained quad muscle during the warm-up and with Fletcher also reporting a groin strain, the Old Boys took to the field with nine fit men and two walking wounded.

However, the Old Boys really dominated, with Kuleczco putting them ahead after a great move allowed him to beat his marker and slot the ball in from a tight angle.

Then, with just two minutes of the match remaining, Kuleczco was on hand again to lay on the perfect pass for Fletcher to tap in and seal the tie.

Martin Newham bagged two goals as Brighouse Old Boys Reserves beat East End Park Reserves 5-2 in the West Yorkshire League Alliance One.

Neil Butcher, Jason Armstrong and Paul Taylor were also on target as the Old Boys recovered well from the shock of being 2-0 down after 15 minutes against very youthful opposition.