IT was quarter final time in the Beacon Sunday League this weekend, which saw Sandwell Action lose out to FC Premier, writes Dave McLean.
After proving a handful on the league front, new boys FC Premier continued their push for first season glory by making sure of their progress into the semi-finals of the flagship NDT Midlands Lester Charity Cup with a 4-1 home triumph.
In a closely contested first period, FC Premier took a vital 1-0 interval advantage thanks to Andy Day.
FC Premier upped the pressure in the second half and added three further goals through Kyle Thorp, Troy Gardner and Jack Wooldridge, before Sandwell responded with a solitary consolation from Adam Skelton.
Holders Dynamo Dudley also made the final four after the newly crowned league winners saw off the challenge of close rivals and runners up Bushbury Rovers 4-1.
Shaun Davenport and Ryan Francis-Mills swept Dynamo in to a 2-0 half-time lead, before an own goal brought Bushbury back in the clash midway through the second half. In the end another Davenport strike and one from Liam Dunn saw Dynamo march on.
There was also a last-four ticket for battling Old Cross Athletic as they struck back from a goal down after just 15 minutes to sink past winners of the trophy, Pensnett Panthers.
The Panthers, having missed out on league success, were hoping to put matters right by reaching the final of this competition and they opened strongly, taking a vital lead through Ryan Cartwright.
However, Old Cross, who have finished in the championship top five, again proved their worth, hitting back to emerge 2-1 victors as Alex Garrett and midfielder Mitchell Peniket grabbed the goal scoring limelight.
Claregate Rangers kept up their hopes of silverware with a well-earned 1-0 Lester Cup victory at The Old Bush.
This was another well contested tie and a late winner from Jon Wilson proved decisive as Claregate celebrated reaching the last four.
The Lester Charity Cup semi-final draw, ties to be played on a date to be confirmed, is: Claregate Rangers v Dynamo Dudley, Old Cross Athletic v FC Premier.