Skipton Town.......1

ADDINGHAM took another step towards promotion back to the premier division in this division one cup final rehearsal.

The home side just about deserved the win, but there was no true cutting edge to the performance.

Addingham were forced to soak up a lot of pressure in the first 20 minutes but home keeper Dobson dealt with numerous shots confidently. Mills was solid at the back and intercepted a number of dangerous through balls.

Addingham looked impressive as they attacked with width and pace, but found it almost impossible to sustain this for any great length of time.

Barrow narrowly failed to connect with a Collins cross and a Wild shot lacked power and accuracy.

Boyce then saw a goalbound effort desperately kept out by the Skipton keeper.

The home side took the lead in the 25th minute. Smith's box to box work rate was rewarded when he sidefooted Addingham ahead.

The game became more open in the second half. Skipton continued to press for an equaliser and Dobson made an excellent save to keep his side in front. Minutes later a Skipton player's shot crashed back off the crossbar and Marriott was forced to clear.

At the end, Dickinson saw his header flash just wide.

With the result still in the balance, Addingham doubled their lead on 75 minutes. Barrow, Wild and Smith combined well and the latter man saw his shot deflect off the keeper.

Collins was in the right place to make it 2-0.

The visitors took advantage of hesitancy at the back to pull a goal back but Addingham held out comfortably to collect an important win.

l On Wednesday April 26 Addingham contest the 1st Division cup final against Skipton Town.

The match takes place at Gargrave (kick off 6.15pm).

A coach has been booked, to leave from The Swan, and all support will be very much appreciated.

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