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Midweek Cup Round-Up……

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Despite the weather this week, there have been a number of games played in various cup competitions this week. Here`s a round-up…..

Evo-Stik League Premier side Hednesford Town came up against an experienced team from SkyBet Championship outfit Burton Albion at Keys Park in the quarter-final of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

But despite possessing first-team players such as Jake Buxton, Shaun Barker, Damien McCrory, Luke Varney, Marvin Sordell, Joe Sbarra and Liam Boyce, the Brewers were beaten 4-1 by a rampant Pitmen.

Jordan Graham and Joey Butlin scored twice in 2 minutes midway through the first half to give the home side a good interval cushion.

The next goal was key though, and it was Hednesford who got in in the 54th minute with a second for Butlin.

Luke Varney reduced the deficit on 86 minutes, but the Pitmen restored their three-goal advantage through Danny Glover in stoppage time.

It was the heartache of a penalty shoot-out that cost Vanarama National League South club Wealdstone a place in the Middlesex Senior Cup Final after they played out a thoroughly entertaining 3-3 draw with Bostik League Premier side Staines Town at Grosvenor Vale.

Dan Fitchett gave the Stones an early lead before Sam Hatton, Elliott Buchanan and Max Worsfold put Staines 3-1 ahead.

Danny Green converted a penalty to halve the deficit before David Pratt’s 93rd minute header sent the tie straight to penalties.

Stones had the chance to win at the shoot-out, but Connor Hudnott saved Matty Whichelow’s effort to send it to sudden death before the keeper saved Fitchett’s penalty to win 6-5 in the shoot-out and set up a final against Hendon or Barnet who play next week.

An own goal 12 minutes from time clinched victory for Evo-Stik League Premier club Marine AFC in the Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final and ended Hallmark Security League Premier Division side Widnes’s hopes of a first ever appearance in the final.

After going behind early in the second half at the Marine Travel Arena, a Kevin Towey penalty brought Widnes back on level terms, but a deflected free-kick clinched victory for the hosts.

It was a harsh way for the tie to be decided, and a disappointing one for Widnes, who came into the tie in fine league form and having beaten National League North outfit Southport 5-1 in the previous round of the competition.

National League side Boreham Wood secured their place in the Herts Senior Cup final with a 2-0 win at home to Evo-Stik League South Premier outfit Kings Langley.

Michael Folivi opened the scoring for Luke Garrard’s side with a classy finish after 39 minutes.

Morgan Ferrier then netted for the second time in as many appearances with a towering header in the 62nd minute to settle the tie.

Thurlow Nunn League side Ely City pulled off a minor shock by knocking Bostik League North hosts Soham Town Rangers out of the Cambridge County Cup at the semi-final stage at Julius Martin Lane.

Deakan Napier and Dan Brown gave City a 2-0 lead that Craig Gillies and then Gary Cohen cancelled out.

But Ely won 5-4 in the resulting penalty shoot-out.

Ely`s league rivals Felixstowe & Walton United didn`t fare quite so well against Bostik Premier hosts Needham Market as they lost 3-2 in the quartr-finals of the Suffolk County Cup at Bloomfields.

The Marketmen, holders of the competition, established a two-goal lead inside the opening half-hour through Gareth Heath’s 10th minute free-kick and a Dan Morphew penalty after Ethan Clarke fouled Luke Ingram appeared to put the home side on course for the last four.

Joe Francis then poked home to reduce the deficit in the 33rd minute and a minute later Kye Ruel burst clear to level the tie.

After the visitors lost both Francis and Clarke before the hour-mark to injuries, Heath turned home at the near post in the 81st minute to settle the outcome.

Bostik North side Bury Town won the other quarter-final 3-1 at Felixstowe`s league rivals Brantham Athletic, who had joint-manager Michael Brothers sent-off, before Cemal Ramadan put Bury ahead from the penalty spot.

Goals by Ollie Dunlop and Bradley Barber put Bury into a 3-0 lead at the break, and although Ed Nobbs pulled one back from a penalty, the away side booked their place in the semi-finals.

Runaway Evo-Stik League South leaders Basford United came from behind to beat East Midlands Counties League side Teversal at Greenwich Avenue on a bitterly cold night to reach their fourth successive Notts Senior Cup Final.

In the visitors` first attack they won a penalty, Dave Cockerill converting the 14th minute spot-kick after Matt Thornhill was penalised for a foul.

Rob Duffy levelled on 23 minutes, converting Ash Grayson’s low cross from six yards.

Basford took a 31st minute lead and Grayson was again the provider, Liam Hearn heading in his cross.

Basford dominated possession in the second period but found it difficult to break down a well drilled visiting defence.

Courey Grantham fired against the post and they finally had their reward 3 minutes from time, James Reid firing in a low shot from 20 yards.

Evo-Stik League Premier rivals Coalville Town and Barwell met at Owen Street in the semi-final of the Leicestershire Challenge Cup, with the home side edging it 3-2.

Tom McGlinchey gave the Ravens the boost of an early 7th minute lead that Dan Creaney doubled 11 minutes later.

But the Canaries fought back to level through Matt Stenson after 41 minutes and Eddie Nisevic on 68 minutes.

But in the last minute, Creaney headed a corner back across goal and Dean Freeman rose high to beat Liam Castle and bundle the ball home.

A goal from Adam Gilchrist after 17 minutes eventually proved enough to give National League North side FC United of Manchester a 1-0 victory over Hyde United at Ewen Fields and booked a place in the Manchester Premier Cup Final for a second consecutive season.

The match wasn’t all plain sailing though, as the home team put up a real fight and without some solid defending towards the end of the game it could have been a different outcome.


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