Kirk Deighton Rangers v Sherburn White Rose

2pm  5 November 2016

West Riding Challenge Cup, Second Round
Kirk Deighton Rangers 0 Sherburn White Rose 2 (att 33)

The scoreline might indicate a comfortable and expected passage into the next round of the county cup for the higher ranked Sherburn, but in reality it was a tough 90 minutes.

Kirk Deighton, from the Harrogate League, matched their visitors, who play three levels higher, for most of the game, before succumbing to two late goals, the second a penalty. Both goals were when the hosts were down to 10 men, and had a stand-in keeper, due to injuries.

For most of the tie there was little between the sides. Both created chances, but Sherburn's keeper was busier as Kirk Deighton managed more efforts on target. Sherburn's shooting was mostly high and wide, sometimes comically so.

Without checking I can't be 100 per cent sure, but I think this was the first time I've seen a game in this cup, which brings together sides from West Yorkshire's district leagues as well as its two main amateur competitions, the West Yorkshire League and the West Riding County Amateur League. It was enjoyable enough to tempt me back for more.

Kirk Deighton's ground is probably among the better ones in the Harrogate League, although that's unsurprising as they had a spell in the West Yorkshire League themselves a few years ago.

It's an enclosed ground, with a fully railed-off pitch and a pair of dugouts, and changing rooms in a nearby building that's clad in advertising boards and contains a bar.

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