West Riding County Amateur League 2
Steeton’s Michael Rhodes helped the West Riding County Amateur League through to a trip to the Manchester League in the next round of the FA Inter Leagues Cup.
The defender was part of the representative team that beat the Essex and Suffolk Border League 2-1 at AFC Sudbury on Saturday.
Two late goals enabled the league representative side to reach the second round of the FA Inter-League Cup. They trailed the Essex & Suffolk Border League early on but took advantage of their hosts having two players sent off in the second half to win 2-1.
Josh Dillon edged the home side in front after just seven minutes at the AFC Sudbury venue and it was not until Essex & Suffolk had two men dismissed that the County Amateurs were able to find a way to break them down.
Just 11 minutes remained when Danny Stocker (Bay Athletic) scrambled the ball over the line to equalise.
Gavin Armitage (Storthes Hall) then had a penalty well saved by the Essex & Suffolk keeper and at this stage extra time looked inevitable.
But a mix-up between the home keeper and a defender allowed Armitage to make amends by hitting the winner, which secured another away tie against the Manchester League at Ashton United on Saturday, November 30.
Rhodes gave his first hand view of events from a player’s perspective: “Played from the start. A long five-hour coach journey staying in Colchester overnight.
“The pitch was heavy with intermittent showers. West Riding being on top for most of the game and attacked for the majority of the game with no luck.
“Frustration was setting in and in the last 10 minutes two Essex players were sent off.
“The first one was a straight red for their striker for a blatant kick on our goalkeeper, seen by the referee. Then the next was a second yellow for a midfield player for a stamp on me.
“We equalised and from then on there was no doubt weren’t going to lose. The winner coming from our substitute.
“It was a tough game, with a long journey back.”