Whitkirk Wanderers 1

Grassington United 2

GRASSINGTON United caused another major cup upset in the third round of the West Riding County Challenge Cup by beating Whitkirk Wanderers at their own ground on Saturday.

Grassington United started brightly and from minute one the tone was set. Captain Jack Schindler threw himself into a tackle to inspire his teammates and get the travelling support fully up for the game.

As Grassington pressed high, the chances came but Grassington found Whitkirk’s goalkeeper in terrific form as he made a string of fine saves.

It took a fantastic strike from Ben Schindler to make the breakthrough. He fired home a left-footed drive after some excellent work down the right by Daniel Hunt.

The goal seemed to wake Whitkirk, who started to create chances of their own.

Whitkirk then got their equaliser when a smartly worked free-kick took a cruel deflection and found its way into the corner of the net.

Grassington did not ease up, though, and they soon found themselves in the lead again.

A great ball across goal from man of the match Oscar Canny found Hunt free at the back post and he coolly passed the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1 at hal-time.

The second period was a tough and arduous half of football both to play in and to watch.

Grassington had the better chances but they could not find the third goal to kill off the game with Canny, Hunt and Jan Ozdoba all going close.

Whitkirk continued to fight until the end but in Lee Guilfoyle they were faced with a defender in unbelievable form and he would not allow the Whitkirk attackers to pass.

The final whistle was greeted with huge celebrations by the Grassington United players, coaches and the travelling supporters.