Kirk Deighton Rangers manager Dan Marshall hailed the ‘Olly Aspey show’ after his side’s dramatic 4-3 win away at Ripon on Saturday.
Top scorer Aspey netted a hat-trick to cause an upset in the Whitworth Cup and send the West Yorkshire Premier Division crashing out.
Rangers were forced to come from behind in the tie though a Darius Turkowski equaliser and, despite twice throwing away leads, Aspey’s goals sent the underdogs through to the final.
The cup upset was the first time the Harrogate and District league club have beaten West Yorkshire Premier Division opponents after failing to do so on three previous occasions.
Marshall picked out Aspey and goalkeeper Jonty Smith for individual praise and said that the win was ‘one of the best results in all my time of managing sides’.
He said: “I’ve been reflecting on the win over the last couple of days and it was a great result and a really good performance. We gave it our all and got a great result that we fully deserved.
“To get through to a final after playing a side a couple of divisions above us - these days don’t come around that often.
“Everyone was delighted but it was only the semi-final. Although, someone said we are the first side from the Harrogate league to reach the final in the last ten years so it was no mean feat.
“For me, there is no better goalkeeper in the league and we probably have the best centre-forward as well in Aspey.
“He could play at a much higher standard but he enjoys playing with his mates where he’s the main man for us. He thrives off that.”
Deighton will play either Knaresborough Town Reserves or Beckwithshaw Saints in the final but Marshall insists his side won’t be phased by the opposition.
He said: “We will aim to win because you don’t want to turn up to the big day and be the bridesmaid.”