Hanley Town reached the Third Round of the Buildbase FA Vase for the first time in their history with a 2-1 victory over Loughborough University at Potteries Park – thanks to a last minute winner by Brian Barton.
Hanley actually progressed through two rounds in a day as their original First Round game against Deeping Rangers saw them gain a walkover when Deeping withdrew from the competition, so they hastily arranged the Second Round tie.
Hanley opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Jake Landridge sent over a cross from the left that Dan Needham knocked back into the middle and Kieran Brown powerfully headed home his 12th goal of the season.
Three minutes later though Loughborough were level. Cain Noble found space in the centre after a pass by Tope Fadahunsi and lifted the ball over Ben Chapman to equalise.
Chapman saved well from Fadahunsi and early in the second half Needham had a good effort saved by Jake Hilton.
Ronan Silva then hit the post for the visitors but the game seemed to be heading for penalties. Hanley had other ideas though and won it in the last minute.
Tim Sanders played a great through ball to Barton on the left and he drifted across a defender on the edge of the box before lofting a shot into the top corner of the net giving Hilton no chance. Hanley will bank £900 for winning the game as well as £825 for the walkover.
CONGLETON TOWN also made it through to the next stage after winning 5-4 on penalties against New Mills following a 2-2 draw. The tie was originally due to be played at New Mills but the game was switched to Congleton’s Cheshire Silk Stadium in front of almost 200 fans with Congleton being in Tier 2.
New Mills were reduced to ten men in only the ninth minute and the Bears went in front in the 13th minute when Arron Johns netted with a close range header.
New Mills drew level from the penalty spot in the 34th minute. Congleton pressed for the winner but it was New Mills who went in front in the 74th minute through substitute Teddy Osipitan.
The Bears were only behind for two minutes though. Jordan Johnson was the man of the moment and found the net with a shot from ten yards.
With just four minutes remaining a coming together between Congleton’s Lee Williamson and New Mills’ Kyle Oakes saw both players sent off. Josh Ryder had a goal disallowed in the 88th minute and the game went to penalties.
Both sides scored their first four spot kicks but then it was advantage Congleton as Dave Parton saved Adam Muir’s effort. That left Dan Cope with the task of scoring their fifth to take them through 5-4.
ABBEY HULTON United put up a great fight at Coventry United, coming back to level after being 2-0 down but succumbing to a late winner to lose 3-2.
The game was played at Coventry Rugby Club and the home side too the lead in the 11th mintues with Josh O’Grady free-kick. Kieran Lazenby had a shot saved for Abbey but Coventry doubled their lead in the 32nd minutewhen Morgan Woolliscroft but missed his kick, and Tyler Haddow was on hand to turn the ball into the empty net.
Lazenby hit the bar as Abbey hit back and they were a different side after the break. They had a goal disallowed for a foul and then pulled one back in the 53rd minute.
Sam Wycherley played a low ball in from the left and Kristian Parsons slid in to divert it past Reece Francis. It was a different game after that and Mark Groom hit the post before Abbey levelled in the 75th minute.
A long ball from the back fell to Luke Lewis on the edge of the box and he expertly guided it past the advancing Francis.
Coventry won it though six minutes from time when a long ball fell to O’Sullivan in the box and he hit a left footed shot past Woolliscroft into the far corner of the net. Abbey were thus left with just the £275 losers’ prize.
STONE OLD ALLEYNIANS produced a similar battling performance but were beaten 3-2 at Long Eaton United despite coming from behind to equalise twice.
Long Eaton opened the scoring in the fourth minute through Alex Marshall. Dominic Thorley then had a half volley well saved by Jake Askew to prevent a Stone leveller but they did restore parity in the 26th minute. Liam Hickson sent over a right wing cross that was steered into the net by Matt Thomas.
Long Eaton went back in front on the hour mark with a volley by Danny Gordon. But Stone equalised for a second time in the 78th minute when Ryan Goodwin capitalised on defensive confusion.
But with penalties looming, Long Eaton snatched victory when Marshall scored his second.