BURLEY Trojans were back in action after a week off due to poor weather conditions and they beat Aberford Albion 2-1 in the third round of the West Riding County Challenge Trophy.

Manager Tom Higman was hoping that the cup tie would bring Trojans their fourth successive win as they continue to recover from a disappointing start to the season.

They lined up with club captain Dave Healey commanding the back line and new signing Danny Bott in midfield.

A new partnership between Luke Bott and Red Bolton is starting to form and from the first minute the tempo was set for a feisty affair with tackles flying in.

The referee was kept busy throughout the game but Trojans managed to avoid controversy in the first half and after a couple of missed opportunities they went ahead. Danny Bott sent in an inviting free-kick and Luke Bott rose highest to nod the ball home to make it 1-0 before the break.

Higman’s orders were to keep calm and continue the high tempo in the second half. After tireless running by Danny Bryan and Will Coles in midfield, Trojans finally hit their second and gained breathing space.

The ball found its way out wide to Chris Holmes, who pulled it back to Danny Bott inside the area and he coolly placed his shot into the roof of the net to settle Burley’s nerves.

Aberford pressed on and launched balls into the Burley area at every opportunity but Eddy and Richard Bryan were alert to deal with the pressure.

Both teams were reduced to ten men in the second half when Tom Ross caught Aberford's winger with a late tackle and tempers flared.

After some pushing and shoving the referee decided to send both players off.

Aberford scored late on but Burley remained composed and could have gone further ahead with minutes to go.

The referee finally blew his whistle to end the game and see Burley Trojans progress into the fourth round when they will play Fieldhead Hospital.