A trip to Wem­b­ley is edg­ing ever closer in the FA Vase

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Andy Mitchell

DEAN Rath­bone’s dou­ble proved enough for last sea­son’s semi-fi­nal­ists Coleshill in a muck-and-bul­lets derby at league ri­vals High­gate.

A muddy, frag­ile pitch al­lied with well-matched sides made for an at­tri­tional but en­gag­ing con­test that seemed des­tined to end in stale­mate for most of the af­ter­noon.

The match grad­u­ally opened up as it went along, but chances were few and far be­tween and when they did ar­rive, both sets of play­ers squan­dered good po­si­tions or picked the wrong op­tion.

Rath­bone fi­nally broke the dead­lock with 13 min­utes re­main­ing, latch­ing on to a Ryan Ed­munds ball into the left side of the box be­fore step­ping in­side his marker and coolly slot­ting un­der ad­vanc­ing keeper Brad Cat­low.

High­gate, who had ar­guably held the edge dur­ing what had pre­ceded, piled on the pres­sure and when Lei Brown was felled by Joe Hal­sall dur­ing a scram­ble at a cor­ner, Josh Hawker stroked low to Paul Hath­away’s right from the penalty spot.

Ex­tra-time would have been a fair out­come but the Colemen had other ideas with Jorna Moul­ton spread­ing to Ed­munds on the right to cut in and draw out Cat­low be­fore cen­tring for Rath­bone who could not miss the open net with a minute to go.

Five min­utes were added with Rob Evans slid­ing in to deny Marco Adag­gio, the Mid­land League Premier Di­vi­sion’s top goal scorer, a free hit to level from six yards.

And in what proved to be the last push, ex-Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers striker Scott Rickards pulled the trig­ger only for his shot in a packed penalty area to can­non off Cat­low who had joined the last-ditch pur­suit of a sec­ond equaliser.

In the end, the most con­tro­ver­sial in­ci­dent of the af­ter­noon paled into in­signif­i­cance.

The as­sis­tant ref­eree flagged for a foul in the box when Ed­munds got tan­gled with High­gate left-back Nathan Pulis­ciano after five min­utes. Man-in-the-mid­dle David Hunt pointed to the spot be­fore cor­rectly chang­ing his mind after a lengthy con­sul­ta­tion with his col­league.

PIC­TURE: Garry Grif­fiths

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