Ponte Colls go out of FA Cup at first hurdle

North Shields' Gareth Bainbridge breaks through against Pontefract Collieries in their FA Cup clash. Picture by Ian Warde.

North Shields' Gareth Bainbridge breaks through against Pontefract Collieries in their FA Cup clash. Picture by Ian Warde.

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Pontefract Collieries were knocked out of the FA Cup at the extra preliminary round stage when they narrowly lost 1-0 at North Shields.

Colls have not enjoyed much fortune against teams from the north east in the famous competition and they were out of luck again as an 11th minute goal by Dean Holmes proved the only goal of Saturday’s contest.

Ponte play Dronfield Town in the first round of the NCE League Cup tonight (7.45pm) and will host Selby Town in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League on Saturday (3pm).

Collieries, meanwhile, have announced that Pat Monaghan has taken over as their new chairman.

The club has thanked previous chairman Guy Nottingham for his time and the energy he gave to the Colls.

Monaghan, who played in goal for the club 46 years ago and was awarded life membership in 2012, comes with a wealth of experience in local football.

He has dedicated most of his life to grassroots football, including 46 years to the Castleford and District Sunday League where he has been secretary for the past 18 years, having previously been a player, referee and management board member.

He is also a life member of the league, receiving awards for his contribution to grassroots football and the league from Wakefield District Council and West Riding County FA. In 2009, he was awarded recognition for his outstanding contribution to local football from the Lord Lieutenant.