Sunday League: DMS set up Clee cup showdown
A DEPLETED DMS FC have made it through to their first final after beating BBS Couriers 4-0 in the semi-final of the Senior Challenge Cup.
Goals from former BBS player Jonathan Oglesby, Callum Day, Gary Cross and skipper Darren Hanslip, teed up a mouthwatering final against Cleethorpes Town at Bradley Community Stadium on Good Friday.
Oglesby pounced on a defensive error to break the deadlock, with Day getting himself on the scoresheet minutes later.
Cross then finished off a flowing team move – that featured as many as 20 passes – before Hanslip rounded off the win with a fourth.
After the game, DMS secretary Paul Knox spoke of his delight at making the final.
He said: "This was a good performance overall. After an even first half, where both had chances, we had an excellent second half.
"Next up, we are back in league action against Grimsby Warriors.
"Our cup-tied players will be available, and so will several others, so we so should be able to field a strong side against our old foes.
"We've met them several times in the past and they've always been good games. They'll want three points as much as we do."
A hat-trick from Luke Mascall and goals from Alex Flett and Jordan Vatcher ensured Cleethorpes Town's progress at the expense of Inkworks in the competition's other semi-final.
In the league, GTF Seas went top of Division One with an 8-0 victory against Grimsby Warriors.
Bobby Lewsam and Daniel Trott both grabbed hat-tricks with Matthew Payne notching a brace.
Seas manager Mick Rouse said: "Our 'keeper, Ben Hammond, kept us in it in the first half, making several important saves as Warriors pressed in search of a goal.
"They had more chances than us in the first half but we took ours.
"Warriors, fielding a couple of older players, tired in the second half and we went on to score some good goals.
"Next weekend, we play a rejuvenated AFC Bradley who, despite their position, know what they are doing.
"They've got a couple of decent players and we'll have to watch out for them.
"We are doing better than last season but we've still drawn or lost some daft games which we should have won.
"I'll know by Saturday which lads I have available, but I know we have a centre-half unfit, while leading scorer Ryan Rice has broken his foot.
"We should have a decent side out for a game though and we must win to stay up there."
Elsewhere in the league, SW Steelers handed leaders Humberston their first league defeat of the season, thanks to a late winner from top-goalscorer Kyle Bensley.
Humberston started brightly and went ahead when Gaz Deakins fouled a Humberston player in the area and Louis Grant converted the spot-kick.
Humberston were awarded another penalty in the second half after a foul by Matty Stark but this time Grant's shot went over the bar.
Steelers equalised on 72 minutes when referee Lee Walsh played an excellent advantage and the ball was played through to John Waugh who finished well past the Humberston keeper.
Bensley, who usually plays at full-back, was pushed further up-field late on and, in the second minute of stoppage time, found himself in the right place at the right time to fire home the winner and spark wild celebrations.
Elsewhere, Cromwell (Raymond Blain 2, Nicholas Brown 2, Sean Carlile, Dave Carr, Andrew Chilton) won 7-2 against Empire Utd.
One game was postponed, not because of the weather, but because current champions and cup holders Birds Eye Pelham could not field a team.
In Division Two, second-placed Pattesons won 8-3 away to The Imperial Red Star with a hat-trick from Peter Fuller, a couple from Josh Baines and the rest from Josh Dellow, Andrew Thornton and Nathan Crooks.
Pattesons secretary Gary Precious said: "We were 4-1 up but they brought it back to 4-3 before we got hold of the game again.
"Our fitness proved the key in the last twenty minutes where we scored four goals.
"One good thing about this result was the goals were shared."
Steven Grimbleby grabbed a remarkable double hat-trick in Immingham Town's 7-1 win over Caistor Rovers, with Rob Pannell also getting on the scoresheet for Town.
Police (Steven Gale, Sean Mayall, Josh Ward) drew 3-3 with AFC Wybers (Tom Dent, Martin Jackson, Patrick Masterton).