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It's final time for Marsh FC; Dalton await in showpiece FELL PROMOTIONS KIRKLEES SUNDAY LEAGUE.

Byline: GEOFF HYDE

MARSH FC are through to the final of the Lockwood Private Hire Trophy.

They beat Club Kirkheaton 2-0 at Leeds Road Playing Fields in the semi-finals of the Fell Promotions Kirklees Sunday League knockout.

Marsh will now meet Dalton in the final at Lepton Highlanders on Sunday, April 1 (10.30).

It was close at times in the semi, with Richard Dyson (tap-in after Kirkheaton keeper Chris Hinchliffe could only parry a fierce shot) and Garry Robinson (well-struck free-kick in off a post) getting the goals.

Both sides were guilty of missing golden chances, with Michael Henrique hitting a post from very close range in first half and Marcus Burton making strong runs but failing to finish for Kirkheaton. In the second half, Burton could have scored from well-delivered corners and Dean Kipling also had chances for Kirkheaton.

For Marsh, prompting by Brook and Dyson opened up the Kirkheaton defence, with man of the match Ben Roys cleaning up solidly as he marshalled the defence.

In the Get Smart Challenge Cup quarter-finals, the shock result was a 3-2 win by Division II Meltham Victoria Park over Division I Black Bull - the winner coming in the last minute despite Bull dominating the second half.

They will now play Wellington A in the semi-finals on April 8. Firth, Nutton (pen) and Howe recorded for Meltham, with Haigh and Gill for Bull.

In Division I, Helion Albion drew 2-2 with Huddersfield Irish. Mulvehill hit a brace for Irish In Division II, mid-table Field Head went down 7-2 to promotion-chasing Wellington A, but they had moments of inspiration.

Anthony Haigh (4), Eddy Hamlett (2) and Richard Beattie notched for Wellington.

Head didn't play well, but Andy McKinley had a good game for them, as did Aaron Sayer, when he went on, and they accounted for both of the Field Head goals.

Man of the match for Head was Andy Purcell, in an all-action display.

Leaders Inter Athletic had a narrow 3-2 win over lowly Escorpians.

Aaron Hargreaves made it 1-0 to Inter, but they went 2-1 down before Liam Gibson pulled back a goal direct from a corner and Warren Brook added a header in the last five minutes.

Dalton beat Barking Spider 4-2 - but it was a hard-fought success after scored had been level at the break.

Spider took a quick lead in the second half, too, but in the end goals from Luke Haigh, Nathan Large, Jamie Hartley and Andy Anderson proved enough for Dalton.

Woolpack beat Wellington B 5-4 in an extraordinary game, fighting back from 4-2 down in the last 10 minutes.

Tordoff, Asfar (2) and Cox scored for Wellington B in a game they looked to have won, with Dan Ginty and a brilliant header by Courtney Allert at the back post registering for Woolpack until that dramatic finale.

Cameron Mays and Nathan Moses provided fresh legs for Woolpack and with Daniel Martin and Dean Armold driving the team on, it was Arnold who gave them hope with a third goal from Ginty's free-kick.

Now, with less than 10 minutes to play, they pushed forward again and, after Jordan Ramsden-Reilly skilfully got into a crossing position, he floated the ball across the box where Doran Jordan calmly slotted home the equaliser. It was all set for a thrilling finish and Moses provided it, ghosting in to score with a low shot.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Mar 17, 2012
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