Shildon slump to cool Ather­ton

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE FOURTH ROUND - By Ben Potts

NORTH­ERN LEAGUE cham­pi­ons Shildon crashed out of the FA Vase af­ter a heavy home de­feat to Wi­gan-based side Ather­ton Col­lieries.

The Rail­way­men had the bet­ter of a goal­less first half in which they had the ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion and cre­ated the bet­ter chances.

For­mer Dar­ling­ton 1883 striker Amar Purewal broke the dead­lock for the hosts on 57 min­utes. The ball was played through to him and he kept his com­po­sure to place a low shot past Col­liers keeper Adam Reid.

Three min­utes later, a long ball for­ward was headed out by Shildon stop­per Nick Li­versedge only for Ben Hard­cas­tle to hook the ball into the empty net from 20 yards.

That was the first of three goals in a ten­minute spell which gave the Lan­cas­tri­ans con­trol.

Mark Truf­fas pro­duced a beau­ti­ful cross which was headed home by a lively Mark Bat­tersby to give Ather­ton the lead just past the hour.

The home side had no an­swer to this pres­sure from the North West Coun­ties League out­fit.

Hard­cas­tle’s 68th minute cor­ner was not cleared prop­erly and Dan Laf­ferty rose high­est to loop home a header.

Shildon’s in­flu­ence on pro­ceed­ings was far less than it had been in the first half and they looked a well beaten side.

Danny Parker’s header sailed harm­lessly over Reid’s bar as the home fans be­gan to leave dis­ap­pointed.

It was all over when the vis­i­tors caught the Rail­way­men on a quick break­away, with sub­sti­tute Jor­dan Cover eas­ily slot­ting past Li­versedge three min­utes from time.

It was left to the small band of away fans to sing about a pos­si­ble trip to Wem­b­ley as the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle. STAR MAN: Josh Messer (Ather­ton) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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