FA Vase Quarter Final - Shaw Lane Aquaforce 2 Glossop NE 2 (AET)

Sun 1st March 2015 | Buildbase FA Vase
By Jonathan Haggart

The Hillmen must try again to secure their place in the semi-finals of the FA Vase after a hard fought draw with the Barnsley-based Aquaforce which took place in Worksop on Sunday. 

The story of the afternoon very much focussed around the twin brothers Kelvin and Kieran Lugsden.

Kieran was in the action as early as the 3rd minute when he nearly robbed home goalkeeper Ben Gathercole, who was attempting some ill-advised dribbling with a back pass, but Gathercole was grateful to see the ricochet fall in his favour.  However it was Kelvin that was to give us the first major talking point.

In the 8th minute Dave Young’s back header was too short, and Lee Morris nipped in for Aquaforce to intercept the ball and head into the box.  Lugsden was challenging and dived in, bringing Morris down. 

It was a penalty, but crucially Morris’ first touch had taken him away from goal meaning that Kelvin was spared a red card, despite Shaw Lane protestations.  Those complaints carried on even after Morris had blasted home the penalty and they were heading back to the centre spot.

In the 22nd minute Glossop were level.  Michael Bowler played the ball over the top of the defence where Kieran Lugsden had stolen a couple of yards on the back line.  With the advancing keeper to beat he softly lobbed the ball over Gathercole’s head and into the net, to send a sizeable Glossop following into ecstasy.

The game was cagey, with defences largely holding sway, although Kieran Lugsden should perhaps have played a pass when bursting from midfield shortly before half time rather than the shot he took that was blocked, and Matt Russell forced a decent save from the keeper when breaking into the area and shooting to the near post.

The second half started as a near carbon copy of the first, as Shaw Lane were again awarded a penalty in the first 10 minutes.  This time Kelvin Lugsden stooped to control a low cross into the box and was adjudged to have done so with his arm. 

Morris again stepped up and blasted home.  No finesse in his spot kicks and Greg Hall had no real chance with either.

Glossop resumed pressing the home box, and Jason Carey was denied a strong looking penalty claim when felled in the 71st minute and on 75 Kieran Lugsden did well to make space for himself in the box but shot over the bar.

In the 78th minute Kieran again had a decent effort, controlling, swivelling and shooting, but it was blocked for a corner.  From that flag kick his brother Kelvin rose highest at the back post to head home another leveller. 

From there North End looked the most likely winners, and nearly pinched it when first Eddie Moran just couldn’t stretch far enough to turn in Tom Bailey’s low cross, with the keeper drawn away, and then Ben Richardson’s low hard shot from the corner of the box drifting just inches wide.   

Even in the 5th minute of injury time Sam Grimshaw was slipped in by Bailey but his low shot, destined for the corner, was just touched away by Gathercole.  So it was extra time again.

The extra time was largely subdued as the teams tired and concentrated on not losing.  There were few chances.  For the home side Morris had a shot to the near post that Hall pushed behind, whilst for GNE Grimshaw shot wide from 20 yards, and Carey ended a lovely move by volleying well past the post. 

In the second period Russell’s shot that nearly fell for Bailey was the only real action of note, and so both teams will reconvene at Surrey Street on Saturday, both keen to extend their interest in the competition past that date.

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