Durham at the double as Ossett Albion progress in County Cup

AT THE DOUBLE: Luke Durham scored twice for Ossett Albion in their County Cup win at Glasshoughton.
AT THE DOUBLE: Luke Durham scored twice for Ossett Albion in their County Cup win at Glasshoughton.
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Ossett Albion secured just their second win of the season in emphatic style as they progressed through the first round of the West Riding County Cup with a 4-1 victory at Glasshoughton Welfare.

Richard Tracey’s men conceded an early goal against their Northern Counties East League opponents but hit back just five minutes later through Luke Durham, who doubled his tally just before the half-hour mark after Ben Jones had given Albion the lead from the penalty spot. Adam Muller wrapped up the win with seven minutes to go.

The Dimple Wells men went into the game on the back of three straight defeats and they fell behind again when Welfare got the breakthrough just five minutes in. The hosts beat the Albion offside trap and Callum Ward looped the ball over the advancing Adam Rhodes.

Albion, who were being influenced by Adam Hayton in midfield, quickly recovered and five minutes later Steve Nicholson and Durham linked well with the latter firing home the visitors’ equaliser.

It gave the Evo-Stik Division 1 North side a shot in the arm and they turned the game on its head when a penalty was awarded for a foul on Dale Kelly in the area. The Glasshoughton goalkeeper avoided a caution but he could do nothing to stop Jones drilling his side ahead.

Albion were in control and their dominance was rewarded when Durham added his second just before the half-hour.

The second half was a relatively uneventful affair but substitute Muller rounded things off with Albion’s fourth in the 83rd minute.

Albion will visit Knaresborough Town in the next round, to be played on Saturday, November 2 (kick-off 3pm).

Ossett Town and Wakefield FC also booked their places in the next round with comfortable wins over Tadcaster Albion and Garforth Town respectively.

Town, who reached the semi-finals of the competition last season, bounced back from their 6-1 home defeat against Darlington 1883 at the weekend with a 5-0 victory over Albion.

Jimmy Eyles scored twice while Gareth Grant, Kyle Hawthorne and Andrew Fox also got on the scoresheet on a comfortable night for Craig Elliott’s men.

Wakefield had to wait until just before the hour mark to break the deadlock at Garforth but they eventually eased to a 3-0 win.

A Nick Allen own goal open the scoring in the Bears’ favour before two goals in as many minutes from Ross Hardaker and Lee Turner sealed Wakefield’s win.

The Bears will visit Brighouse Town in the second round while Town have been handed a tough trip to Guiseley. Both matches are set to be played on Saturday, November 2 (kick-off 3pm).