Howden Clough hold all the Aces in Spen Trophy win

SPEN VALLEY TROPHY action took centre stage at the weekend and Howden Clough caused an upset as they defeated Premier side Smokin Aces 4-0.

The Division One outfit added goals through Troy Bagshaw, Simy Moore, Lewis Boddy and Reece Scholes to ensure a comfortable victory against their higher-ranked opponents.

Savile Youth enjoyed similar success as they won 5-3 in their all-Premier clash with Bradford Athletic.

Abdullah Aswat and Sajeel both netted doubles and Lookman Polli completed the scoring to progress to the next round.

Said Said continued his goal-scoring form as he scored a hat-trick to help Norfolk to a 3-0 win at home to Mount Pleasant.

Hightown Jets ensured Cleckheaton Sporting’s woes continued with a 10-0 thrashing of the Division One basement club.

Kyle Kershaw and Nathan Clarke both scored braces, with further goals from Kieron Kelly, Ryan Lacey, Adam Smith, Dean Comins, Carl Haynes and an own-goal adding to the tally.

George Healey were unlucky as they were edged 3-2 at home to Premier Division side Route 1 Rovers.

Goals from Ryan Jones and Benho Aparicio had sparked hopes of an unlikely upset, but replies from Usman Hussain, Shoaib Iqbal and Shohail Fiaz saw the Bradford side progress to the next round.

Fellow First Division side Savile United also suffered a defeat at Premier opposition, losing 4-1 at Vision.

Faisal Adam scored their only goal.

Inter Batley’s league struggles continued in the Spen Valley Trophy as they were soundly beaten 7-1 at Palestino.

Usman Dadhiwala scored the side’s only goal but it wasn’t enough to end Palestino’s unbeaten run.

In the only DIVISION ONE fixture of the weekend Fox and Hounds Batley played out a thrilling 6-6 draw at Idle.

Dominic Simpson led from the front with a double, with further goals from Paul Beaumont, Gareth Richardson, Matty Swannell and Andrew Hudson ensuring the Batley side came away from the league-leaders with a point.

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