LEALHOLM showed they are capable of challengeing for the league with a useful win away to one of their main rivals.
Both teams are capable of challenging for a top league position and will have aspirations for a good cup run.
Lealholm started the game well, playing good possession football and were two up by half-time from Mike Thompson and Duncan Marson, both goals coming from poor defending by Loftus.
After an injury to Loftus keeper Dave Verrill, and Ryan Stonehouse taking the gloves, Loftus set about getting back in the game.
A greatly improved performance in the second half saw the home side dominate the game for long periods, with Matty Griffin working well for his side.
Loftus pulled a goal back from Ryan Douthwaite and continued to press forward for the equaliser, with Oswald and Griffin making the Lealholm keeper make some fine saves, but Lealholm held out for the win.
Loftus Ath 1 Lealholm 2