Lewis comes off bench to spur Star to cup success, and valley reserve teams in action

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Lewis Cockroft shrugged off a foot injury to come on at half time and fire Hebden Royd Red Star to probably their best win so far this season.

Visitors Holmfield, the AFL Division One leaders, will have fancied their chances of upsetting their Premier hosts but Cockroft would have none of it.

He took his tally to seven goals in seven games this season with both finishes as Red Star won the Halifax FA Saturday Cup first round game 2-0.

Holmfield had the better of the first half but Chris Garbutt’s side had the upper hand in the second with Cockroft bringing an extra dimension to their play.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men before half time, Holmfield having a player dismissed for a punch and James Rawlinson then perhaps harshly getting his marching orders for a late tackle.

Tom Earle was in goal for Red Star, Joe Kidder having been forced to withdraw with a partially closed eye after fighting on the Hebden Bridge BC show the previous evening.

Earle proved an able stand-in, denying Holmfield on three occasions when players went through on goal.

- Midgley Reserves had an eye-catching 4-0 win at Stainland United in Division One of the Halifax AFL.

After a goalless first half Midgley pulled clear with two goals from Sam Tattersall, who had another fine game, a fifth of the season from centre half Simon Kavanagh and a James Balmforth effort on his return.

‘Keeper James Brook, who thwarted Stainland in three one-on-one situations.

Ash Shaw scored the only goal as Ryburn Reserves won away to Calder Reserves while Red Star Reserves drew 3-3 at Sowerby United Reserves in Division Two. Sean Broadbent scored twice for Star.