West Riding County FA Sunday Cup Fourth Round: Crossflatts Village 5 Fryston 2

KEVIN Gill's side are through to the quarter-finals thanks to a hard-fought home win over Wakefield & District Premier side Fryston.

The home side found themselves a goal down in the opening five minutes when Chris Taylor opened the scoring for the visitors - but it wasn't long before they equalised and then took the lead thanks to two goals from James Gill.

Flatts then made it 3-1 after Matty Morgan's free-kick was nodded home by Colin Schofield.

Fryston pulled one back before the interval when Fred Smith's header gave Flatts goalkeeper Dom Bennett no chance.

The away side's comeback was dealt a huge blow just after the hour mark when centre back Gary Hall was sent off for hacking down Michael Garnett.

The impressive James Gill completed a deserved hat-trick moments later after excellent play down the right flank by Schofield, who jinked his way into the box and pulled the ball back for the former Silsden manager to drill home from close range.

The ten men of Fryston didn't give up and they almost got a goal back immediately.

Home keeper Dominic Bennett fumbled the ball, allowing Taylor to fire towards goal, but player-manager Kevin Gill was on hand to clear the ball off the line and save Bennett's blushes.

Flatts completed the scoring in the 89th minute after sublime play down the left from the impressive Billy Bailey.

Bailey's left wing cross found James Gill, who wrong-footed Fryston keeper Andrew Sterland with a tidy left-foot strike into the bottom corner for his fourth goal of the afternoon.

Village player-manager Kevin Gill was in jubilant mood afterwards. He said: "That was a great performance after a horrendous start.

"It seems ages since we last played so we had two training sessions last week to help us get our fitness back after the Christmas break and I think they paid dividends.

"Fryston were a good side and they are a good scalp. We are delighted to be in the last eight of the County Cup but the hard work starts now.

"We want to go all the way in this and we fear nobody. The lads should be proud of themselves. They all put a shift in."

Four-goal hero James Gill was awarded the man-of-the-match after arguably his best performance for Village.

His manager heaped praise on him, saying: "Gilly was at the top of his game. It wasn't just his four goals, it was his all-round performance. They couldn't handle him. It's good to have him back to his best."

Flatts now turn their attention back to the league this weekend with a home game against Thornton United Reserves in the Bradford Sunday Alliance Championship.