Whitworth Cup: Luke Trower sends Kirk Deighton Rangers into last four

Kirk Deighton's Jordan Martin. Picture : Adrian Murray.(1410184AM3)
Kirk Deighton's Jordan Martin. Picture : Adrian Murray.(1410184AM3)
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Kirk Deighton Rangers set up a rematch with West Yorkshire League Premier side Ripon City after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Knaresborough Celtic on Saturday.

Ripon knocked Rangers out of the cup last season, and the pair will square up at Barr Field in the last four this year (November 15) after City beat Pateley Bridge 5-1 to progress.

Luke Trower fired in the winner to overcome Celtic’s challenge on Saturday, with an own goal also helping the cause. However, Rangers had taken a threadbare squad, with only 13 fit players.

Boss Dan Marshall said: “It was not our best foot balling performance of the season but we showed great character.

“I was delighted with how hard the lads worked for each other against a very good Celtic side.

Meanwhile, cup holders Knaresborough Town eased into the semi-finals by dismantling Hampsthwaite United. However, there will not be a repeat of last year’s final following Boroughbridge’s penalty shoot-out exit to Beckwithshaw Saints.