Denholme go down to nine men during their Keighley FA Supplementary Cup defeat against Oxenhope.
Pictures: Denholme United Facebook page
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Will Lee, left, was one of three Oxenhope players to score three or more goals.
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Oxenhope reached their fifth consecutive Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final with a crushing victory over their Halifax League opponents.
With Foster Park waterlogged, the match was switched to the Tip Top at Marley and it was clear format he start Denholme were going to have a difficult task coping with the pace of the West Yorkshire League side’s attack.
That became even more a problem as the game wore on and they had two players sent off.
Gaz Ritson, Leon Smith and Leroy Hickman all went close early on before Smith opened the scoring after 12 minutes when he burst through and fired home.
It quickly became 2-0 three minutes later when good work on the left by Hickman saw Will Lee knocked the ball home from seven yards.
More action from Denholme United’s Facebook page from their defeat against Oxenhope.
The men in orange weren’t about to sit back on their lead and just after the 20 minute mark they were awarded a penalty following a handball on the line.
Lee stepped up to add to his tally, though it was a close call as the ball crept agonisingly under the keeper’s body.
The Slope were now cruising and man of the match Ritson got the first of his four goals when he nodded home at the back post following a wonderful cross from Hickman in the 25th minute.
With Oxenhope 4-0 to the good and Denholme down to 10 men following the penalty award, it was already a difficult task for the ‘hosts’.
But it became an impossible quest around the half hour mark when, following a bit of handbags in the midfield, United had another player dismissed.