OTLEY Town finally bowed out of the County Challenge Cup at the last 16 stage against a very competent West Yorkshire Premier League side.

Apart from a ten minute period in the second half when the score was still 1-0, Huddersfield were always in control of this game and had it not been for the heroics of home keeper Wayne Mahomet, the visitors would surely have been out of sight by half time. It seemed that for every chance created by Otley, Huddersfield had three of their own. Just as well the ever ready Mahomet was at the top of his game.

Otley’s best chance in the first half fell to Mark McGee but at the crucial moment he delayed his shot giving the Huddersfield defence time to recover. Callan Parker-Wells also worried the visitor's keeper with a rasping 30 yard drive which skimmed the bar but these were isolated positives for Otley as most of the action was at the other end. Otley just couldn’t get to grips with the fluid midfield and forward movement of the visitors and yet, for all this, with luck, dogged determination and the brilliance of Mahomet they made it to the break without conceding.

Huddersfield scored the goals they deserved in the second half, the first of which had more than a hint of offside about it.

Otley needed to score in a dominant period following the goal, but were frustrated by a very strong and organised defence.

And the game was up midway through the half when Huddersfield broke away and scored.

Again there was a hint of offside in the build up, but all teams enter this competition knowing that the early rounds are played without linesmen, so there’s always a chance of a questionable call. Otley used all their subs in the second half in a bid to get a goal back but the visitors organised determination was to prevail and they sealed things with a breakaway goal five minutes from the end.

Man of the match for Otley was Wayne Mahomet with Jonathan Jackson also showing his class throughout.

Next weekend, Town travel to Bramhope in the semi-final of the Wharfedale & District FA Challenge Cup, Reserves host Hall Green in Alliance 1, Thirds go to Skipton in the Craven Cup 1/4 Finals and Fourths go to Sutton in Craven Division 3.