Athersley Recreation and Worsbrough Bridge cemented their status as the top amateur teams in Barnsley with wins over town opposition in the first round of the Sheffield Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
Northern Counties East League (NCEL) side Worsbrough won 2-0 at Penistone Church who play a division below in the County Senior League.
Second half goals from 18-year-old Oliver Fearon and star striker Adam Podmore sent Bridge through to the second round. Church gave as good as they got but were thwarted by visiting ‘keeper James Jenkinson.
NCEL leaders Athersley Recreation won by the same scoreline at home to ambitious County Senior new boys Shaw Lane Aquaforce who aim to become Barnsley’s top non-league team in the near future. Jason Bentley gave Rec the lead with a brilliantly taken first half goal in front of 281 fans. Force came back into the match but Athersley ‘keeper Darren Shirt kept them out before Scott Alcock made it 2-0.
Manager Peter Goodlad said: “It was nice to get the bragging rights with it being a local derby. We’re in the next round of the cup now but our main priority is the league. We dominated the game for long periods and we fully deserved the win. It was nice for Scott (Alcock) to get a goal. He actually works at Shaw Lane so he’ll be enjoying work this week.
“Aquaforce have got money and they think they can come straight in and do well, but it’s not like that. The first half yesterday proved that it will be a very tough league to compete in. I think us and Worsbrough Bridge are the best amateur teams in Barnsley.”