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Integro League Cup Round-Up

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This week saw several Integro League Cup ties take place, although Wednesday`s game between Cleethorpes Town and Tadcaster Albion was postponed.

Evo-Stik League North side Mossley AFC caused the biggest `upset` by ousting Evo-Stik League Premier leaders Altrincham from the competition on penalties.

After a thoroughly entertaining 3-3 draw at Seel Park in which Liam Ellis gave the hosts a 10th minute lead that Josh Hancock cancelled out 2 minutes later before the same player put Alty in front 3 minutes later.

Adam Latham equalised on 36 minutes, but when Hancock completed his hat-trick in the 84th minute, the tie looked over, only for Latham to pop up with his second in stoppage time to take the tie to spot-kicks.

Mossley edged that 5-4, ironically former Lilywhites` player Connor Hampson having his kick superbly saved by Oliver Martin to send the home side through.

Altrincham`s league rivals Stafford Rangers were also taken to penalties at Marston Road against Evo-Stik South promotion-chasers Alvechurch after a 1-1 draw in which Levi Reid`s 10th minute opener for Rangers was eventually cancelled out by Jamie Willets just past the hour-mark.

Rangers won 4-2 in the shoot-out.

The crowd at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium also had longer to wait in the freezing cold before they saw hosts Ramsbottom United through 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw with Evo-Stik North rivals Hyde United.

By far the biggest crowd of the night – 605 – saw Evo-Stik North side South Shields progress 2-1 at Mariners Park against Evo-Stik South visitors Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Michael Richardson gave Shields the lead just before half-time and then Luke Sullivan`s last-minute penalty eventually took them through, despite a slightly nervy last few minutes after Oliver Warren had reduced the deficit in stoppage time.

Evo-Stik South leaders Basford United went through 4-2 at The Moat against league rivals Gresley FC, who led 2-0 through Danny Quinn after 3 minutes and Louis Danquah on 33 minutes.

But Gideon Boateng just before the break and Kieran Wells on the hour-mark pulled the visitors level before Harry Wakefield and Tony Graham took the tie away from the Moatmen.

A goal 9 minutes from time took Premier side Hednesford Town through at Keys Park against South visitors Newcastle Town, while the Pitmen`s league rivals Mickleover Sports made no mistake at home to Castle`s rivals Bedworth United, running out 3-0 winners, thanks to Bradley Grayson after 26 minutes, Oliver Mulders on 54 minutes and Lewis Belgrave 6 minutes from time.

Witton Albion won the all-Premier tie at the Weaver Stadium against Nantwich Town, thanks to a second half brace from Steven Tames after Micah Evans` 21st minute opener for them had been turned over by Jamie Morgan and Steve Jones for the Dabbers.

And another all-Premier tie saw Matlock Town edge out Grantham Town by the odd goal in five at Causeway Lane.

The Gladiators took an 18th minute lead from a Michael Williams penalty, but trailed 2-1 after Jordan Hempenstall and Jack McMenemy goals for the Gingerbreads in the 26th and 53rd minutes respectively.

But Adam Yates on 65 minutes and Dwayne Wiley 8 minutes from time took the tie for the home side.

A last-gasp Josh Graham effort won the all-South tie at Coles Lane for Kidsgrove Athletic against Romulus, and a good crowd of 441 saw Scarborough Athletic go through 2-1 at the Flamingo Land Stadium against North rivals Ossett Town.

Sam Hewitt gave the hosts a 38th minute lead that Emile Sinclair levelled just before the break.

A Jimmy Beadle goal 17 minutes from time took Boro through.


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