AIMBRY snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when two goals in the final six minutes gave them a 2-1 victory against Netherton in the first round of the Richardson Cup.
Goals by Craig Beevers and Jason Brooks ended Netherton’s cup dreams despite the hosts having several first half chances. They were denied by Aimbry goalkeeper Craig Roberts and stout defending.
After a goalless first half, Netherton took the lead when a corner from the right was swung in. The Aimbry defence were unable to deal with it, and the Netherton striker was gifted a free header which powered home.
But the Aimbry team rallied and, with time running out, substitute Kyle Simmons launched a cross which was buried by Beevers for the equaliser and, when Tim Kelly turned provider, the Netherton keeper could only parry the ball out to midfielder Brooks who poked the winner from five yards.
Paddock Rangers produced an amazing comeback to book their place in the second round of the Groom Cup.
Trailing 3-0 early in the second half to high flying Division IV side Cartmoor Moor, Paddock (of Division III) had to dig deep to get a reward.
Cartworth scored twice from set plays to lead 2-0 at the break and early in the second-half they hit Paddock on the counter-attack to go 3-0 up.
But then up stepped Paddock’s midfielder John Davies, first scoring with a superb diving header and then rising to power home from a corner to get Rangers back into the game.
Davies then turned provider for Michael Pell, who raced away to score the equaliser, and by now Paddock were well on top.
Defender Darren McAvinnue got the decisive goal with a low drive into the bottom corner to win the match.
League champions Newsome WMC were given a stern test before edging past Meltham Athletic 2-1 in the first round of the Barlow Cup at Broadlands Rec.
Having drawn 1–1 against Meltham in the Division I league match a few weeks ago, Newsome set their stall out to take a step closer to the Galpharm with a very strong 4-4-2 formation.
Newsome, playing with the wind behind them in the first half, made it pay with Neil Robshaw a constant threat up front.
But Meltham were swift on the counter-attack only for the Newsome back four to stand firm.
But Newsome counter-attacked themselves and when a shot by Damian McKenzie was assisted by the wind, the ball bounced over the head of the Meltham keeper and into the net.
Meltham were level just after the break when Rowlands took advantage of a flat-flooted defence to fire home.
But that equaliser spurred Newsome and Barlow lobbed the keeper on 65 minutes to send them through.