District Cup joy for Featherstone Colliery

Featherstone Colliery's Kyle Pearson, man of the match in the Castleford FA Challenge Cup final.
Featherstone Colliery's Kyle Pearson, man of the match in the Castleford FA Challenge Cup final.
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Featherstone Colliery retained the Castleford and District FA Challenge Cup when they beat Pontefract Town 1-0 in a final played at Glasshoughton Welfare’s Leeds Road ground.

The game was easily forgettable as both teams cancelled each other out and there was little goalmouth action, but it was West Yorkshire League side Featherstone celebrating at the end after coming up with the only goal of the contest.

After an even first 15 minutes Colliery came up with what turned out to be the winning goal when a free-kick deep in Town’s half and near the touch line was well delivered by Gareth Ward and Tom Field nodded it into the top corner.

After that Town were the better team, but with Kieron O’Toole, James Dunn, Aaron Robinson and Chris Appleyard – playing in a unfamiliar left-back role – the Pontefract team could not fins a way through on goal.

Going the other way, Fev’s Kyle Pearson and Ward were trying to get their side going, but Town were dealing easily with their threats.

Ponte again were the better side in the second half, but continued to find it a struggle to break through and when they finally worked an opening Colls right-back O’Toole showed a great turn of pace to get across and get his foot in to clear the danger.

Town then had a couple of shots blocked by Dunn and Si Davis and when they did get a sight on goal Jamie Dyas tipped an effort round the post.

After that Colls saw the last 10 minutes out to retain the cup. Pearson was adjudged the Cas and District man of the match while Ward and the back four were in top form for the winners.