Hanley show they are no Vase Duds

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE 2ND ROUND QUALIFYING - By Paul Jenk­ins


HANLEY ran out well de­served win­ners at High Er­cal Av­enue as their greater class proved just too much for Sports.

Sports, from the West Mid­lands Premier, were un­beaten at home this sea­son but didn’t cre­ate enough chances to bother their higher level vis­i­tors.

Sam Wood­house sent an early free-kick over for the home side but Hanley took the lead on 23 with a neat move when Josh Bris­tow came in be­hind the front line to re­ceive a pass and eas­ily score.

At 1-0 at half-time, Sports had a chance but didn’t do enough to trouble Hanley goal­keeper Joseph Mel­lor.

It al­ways looked like Hanley were the more likely to score in the sec­ond half with a num­ber of chances missed but it took un­til 76 min­utes to in­crease their lead. Leigh Skellern crossed from the right to Thomas Ash­ton who con­trolled it and net­ted from close range.

A di­rect free-kick from sub Jonathan Shel­don found its way into the net on 82 min­utes to make it three.

Tony Beya went close for Dud­ley near then end but, right on the whis­tle, Kieron Ball made it four. STAR MAN: Thomas Ash­ton (Hanley) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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