10:23AM, Wednesday 07 February 2018
Stockport County 3, Maidenhead United 2
Maidenhead United’s hopes of reaching Wembley in the FA Trophy were dashed by Stockport County’s dramatic fight-back at Edgeley Park last night.
The Magpies looked to be on the verge of setting up a home tie against Brackley Town in the quarter-finals, after two quick-fire goals from Jake Hyde and Sam Barratt, but Darren Stephenson, County’s undoubted man-of-the-match, curled home with seven minutes to play before George West deflected home an equaliser in stoppage-time, just minutes after being brought on.
County then netted their decisive third when Stephenson picked out Jimmy Ball who bundled the ball home at the near post just four minutes into extra-time. There was still time for the County captain Harry Winter to be sent off, after collecting a second booking for a foul on Harold Odametey, and for Maidenhead to miss a raft of late chances to take the tie to a penalty shoot out.
But it is County who’ll take on league rivals Brackley Town at Edgeley Park for a place in the Trophy semi-finals.
County’s progression to the final eight was just about deserved, but both sides played their part in an entertaining replay. At times the Maidenhead goal led a charmed life in a goalless first half. Carl Pentney was the busier of the two keepers and saved well from Ball and Stephenson, while Saturday’s goalscorer Matty Warburton shot wide with the goal gaping late in the half. Pentney also foiled Adam Thomas after a slip by Magpies’ skipper Alan Massey.
United then countered with two goals of their own, as Hyde walked the ball into an empty net after a mistake from County keeper Ben Hinchcliffe before Barratt headed home Odametey’s cross at the far post to double the visitor’s advantage. Chances were traded until Stephenson set up a grandstand finish with a sweet finish past Pentney after cutting in from his flank on 83 minutes. Then, having come on as a late substitute West diverted the ball past Pentney to take the game into extra-time.
United can now concentrate on cementing their National League status, with struggling Torquay United the visitors to York Road on Saturday.
Hayes & Yeading United 6, Marlow 5 (League Cup)
Kameron English netted a hat-trick but Marlow FC’s second half fightback proved in vain as they exited the league cup following a crazy game at Hayes & Yeading United.
The Blues trailed 3-0 at the break, and were 6-2 down heading into the final 10 minutes, but they still managed to give their hosts a real scare.
English completed his hat-trick to make it 6-3 with nine minutes to play, Chris Ovenden cut Hayes’ lead to two goals in the 87th minute and Lee Barney swept home a stoppage-time penalty, but it was not to be for Mark Bartley’s Blues.
Slough Town 4, Redditch United 0
Slough Town reacted to Saturday’s defeat at Tiverton Town by putting four goals past Redditch United without reply at Arbour Park last night.
Ben Harris capitalised on a poor back pass from James Mutton to round the keeper and sweep the Rebels in front after eight minutes before James Dobson crashed home the second of the evening from Warren Harris’ cut back midway through the half.
Harris fired home their third with a low shot, after good work from Gavin James in the area to turn and set him up, and Mutton’s evening went from bad to worse five minutes before the end when his hashed clearance from Dobson’s cross ended up in the Redditch net.
The win moves Slough up three places to fifth in the Premier Division.
Holyport 5, Wokingham & Emmsbrook 1
Holyport made comfortable progress in the Supplementary Cup as they routed Wokingham & Emmsbrook 5-1 at a snow-swept Summerleaze Village.
Alert Marques slotted home their first in the seventh minute from Steven Deverall. The Sumas levelled matters in the 51st minute, but Port turned on the style in the final half-hour with Fabian Driffill and Paul Rake both bagging a brace.
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