By Aidan Hopson

Super sub Declan James came off the bench to seal a come-from-behind victory for Laund Hill in the final of the Groom Cup.

Kirkburton were 2-0 up and had one hand on the trophy until a late turnaround completed by man of the match James saw Laund Hill clinch a 3-2 victory.

This was the first of four Huddersfield & District Association Football League cup finals, a game played at the Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall.

Kirkburton opened the scoring with skipper Henry Philpott putting the Reds ahead in the first half with a thumping header that gave the Laund Hill keeper no chance.

Daniel Lockwood made it 2-0 with a well struck shot from open play midway through the second period to give Kirkburton what appeared to be a commanding lead.

However, Laund Hill staged a late rally and goals from Jimmy Knowles and Craig Burns levelled the scoreline to set up a nail-biting finish.

Second half substitute and man of the match James rifled home the winner from inside the box with only minutes remaining.

Man of the Match Declan James with the Geoff Earnshaw Shield

The match was well-managed by referee Tom Mallon, assisted by Shakeel Allad and Joe Wink-Simmonds.

Man of the match James was presented with the Geoff Earnshaw Shield after the game.

Before kick-off Mrs Margaret Whitaker, the first ever Lady President of the Huddersfield & District Association Football League, had a photograph taken with the two teams and match officials to mark the occasion.