Reeves is a Shaw thing for Ducks

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING - By John Chap­man

BLYTH Spar­tans were un­able to make it five wins in a row af­ter York­shire visi­tors Shaw Lane sprang an FA Cup shock at Croft Park.

Evo-Stik Pre­mier high-flyers Shaw Lane pro­gressed in dra­matic fash­ion thanks to a 96th-minute win­ner from for­mer Al­trin­cham striker Damian Reeves.

The Ducks stunned the Spar­tans – famed for their FA Cup hero­ics – with an early opener from ex­pe­ri­enced striker Paul Clay­ton be­fore the home side hit back through Adam Wright­son.

A Mon­day night re­play looked likely be­fore Reeves net­ted deep into in­jury as the Barns­ley-based visi­tors claimed a fa­mous vic­tory.

Craig El­liot’s side took just six min­utes to open the scor­ing in the north east as Ryan Ser­rant’s cross was pow­ered home by Clay­ton.

Peter Jame­son then tipped over Alex Byrne’s 13thminute ef­fort as the Ducks pressed for a sec­ond.

Shaw Lane took their ad­van­tage into the break de­spite Blyth go­ing close through the in-form striker Dan Maguire and de­fender Ryan Hutchinson.

Sub­sti­tute Wright­son made an im­me­di­ate im­pact for Spar­tans, re­plac­ing Jar­rett Rivers in the 51st minute and equal­is­ing just six min­utes later.

The winger net­ted af­ter Alun Arm­strong’s men hit Shaw Lane on the coun­ter­at­tack, Dale Hop­son sup­ply­ing the fi­nal cross.

Blyth looked the more likely to score fol­low­ing their equaliser with Sean Reid and Rob­bie Dale both go­ing close.

Lewis Horner should have done bet­ter in the 92nd minute when one-on-one with Ducks’ keeper John Stewart but spurned his op­por­tu­nity.

The late missed proved costly as Shaw Lane prof­ited from con­fu­sion at the back for Reeves to head a last gasp win­ner.

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