THERE was some good, entertaining football played between Ilkley Town Reserves and Pool in the first round of the Wharfedale Challenge Cup, but it was the latter who dominated, and deservedly secured a 2-1 victory.

Pool, in particular, used every inch of the pitch. Having had most of the possession and having spent plenty of time in the attacking quarter, they should have scored more goals.

In the end, it took two defensive errors by Ilkley to give Pool centre forward Sandro Mendes Balde his opportunities, both of which he took well.

Between the two goals, a piece of naive defending, when Jamie Algar was pushed from behind, should have resulted in a penalty for Pool. Algar managed to stay on his feet but had he gone down the result might have been different.

It was still looking comfortable for Pool, but Ilkley were playing well down the flanks. One such move providing a chance which they converted to put them right back into the match.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first with Pool dominating, but Ilkley showing their capabilities, and were always in with a chance as Pool continued to squander opportunities.

There was no further incident late on though, as Pool progressed into the next round.

Meanwhile, you could never complain of a shortage of action in Pool Reserves' matches.

They bounced back from two heavy defeats with an excellent 8-3 win against fellow strugglers Old Centralians Reserves in the West Yorkshire League Alliance Division Two.

A hat trick from George Lancaster, and goals from Ian Smith, Adam Dean, Jac Flannery, David Potts, plus an own goal, saw them home with ease.