The Advertiser Thursday, September 17, 2020 31 CONGLETON TOWN .......................... 1 SKELMERSDALETOWN ................... 2 FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND BY SIMON DRISCOLL S KELMERSDALE United’s superb FA Cup run continues after a 2-1 comeback win at Congleton Town in the FA Cup Preliminary round on Saturday. United came from behind at the Cheshire Silk 106.9fm Stadium to seal a plumb home tie against Bootle next week in the First Qualifying Round – Emini Adegbenro and Daniel Murphy on the mark after Town struck first through Arron Johns. Paul McNally named the same starting eleven as the previous round with United debuting their new away kit hoping for lightning to strike twice having debuted the home kit against Penistone Church. United started the brighter of the two sides with an in-swinging cross from Callum Preston finding Joe Herbert who hit narrowly past the post on three minutes. Congleton responded with a clever run and cross from Arron Johns collected comfortably by United ‘keeper Ben Barnes. The best chance of the afternoon so far came on 13 minutes as after a short clearance from Town ‘keeper David Parton, Danny Mitchley collected the ball and forced a low save. Both sides went close in the space of a minute with Aaron Bott sending a shot past the post for the hosts before Jason Carey almost matched Bott’s effort at the other end. Mitchley tried his luck again on 28 minutes as he fired a free-kick against the Town wall and two minutes later, the hosts opened the scoring. A mazy run down the wing from Bott saw him cross low and in the scramble, Johns slotted past Barnes for 1-0. The lead could have been doubled on 39 minutes as Tom Schofield rattled across goal and the miss proved costly as within a minute United levelled. A long ball from Barnes saw Carey and Mitchley combine to find ex-Bears forward Emini Adegbenro who advanced on goal and fired past Parton for 1-1 with five minutes left ● FOOTBALL SILSDEN .................................................... 2 BOOTLE ..................................................... 5 FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND TOM Peterson bagged a hat-trick as nine-men Bootle advanced into the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and set up a mouthwatering tie with Skelmersdale United. The Bucks arrived in Yorkshire looking to build on their win over Avro in the previous round and got off to the best possible start when John Connolly fired his side ahead inside the opening 15 minutes. But to their credit, Silsden hit straight back and levelled through Leon Hurles less than a minute after the Bucks had opened the scoring at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium. Less than 10 minutes later Bucks restored their lead with Peterson notching his first of the game after racing clear of the Silsden backline. But Doran’s side were soon reduced to 10 men after captain Liam Loughlin was shown a straight red card for what the referee believed to be a deliberate elbow on Arley Barnes. The decision seemed extremely harsh but didn’t stop the Bucks from further extending their lead through Peterson before the half-time interval. But a mistake from Ryan Jones would help Silsden reduce the arrears through Khurram Shazad three minutes into the second half. Doran’s side, however, would simply dust themselves off and go again, with the impressive Michael Carberry continuing to cause damage down the left. And it wasn’t long before Ben Hodkinson would add a fourth before Carberry collected his hat-trick of assists when his low cross was turned home by Peterson for his third of the game. But things would end on a sour note for the Bucks when Elliot Richards was given marching orders for using foul and abusive language to the match officials. ● of the first half. United could have completed the comeback before the interval as a cross from Mitchley saw Adegbenro head straight at Parton before the Town stopper denied a powerful effort from Josh Peet. The sides went into the break level but United quickly resumed their threat within three minutes of the restart with a long aerial pass from Peet well defended by Town before Parton saved an angled cross from Preston. Congleton’s first chance of the second half came on 52 minutes as after clever play in midfield, Jordan Johnson rifled a low shot which saw Barnes save superbly before he denied an effort from Bott minutes later. The United ‘keeper continued to be tested with two further efforts near the hour mark, saving from Bott before claiming a high cross from Anthony Griffith. Congleton’s next chance came on 66 minutes with Josh Ryder heading narrowly over the bar from a corner, United made a change in attack with 20 minutes remaining, Tom Croughan replacing Peet, almost instantly he made an impact he stepped up and forced a save from Parton with a free-kick having been felled by Griffith. As the game entered the final ten minutes, Adegbenro broke clear and with just Parton to beat he was taken out by the chasing Ryder who dismissed by the referee. United have a recent history of scoring from freekicks in this competition though as Daniel Murphy stepped up, he stunned all in attendance with a thunderous strike which nestled in the bottom corner past Parton for 2-1. United could have made it 3-1 late on as Croughan broke clear but was superbly denied by Parton while the final chance of the game saw Barnes claiming an angled shot at the other end with the final whistle minutes later greeted with glee by the travelling support as United extended their unbeaten start to the season. SKELMERSDALE UNITED: Barnes, Herbert, Preston, Murphy, Grogan, Peet (Croughan 70), J. Grimshaw (Davies 58), Carey (Ellams 84), Mitchley, Griffiths, Adegbenro. Subs not used - Brodie, Glennon, Ellis, O’Neill.
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