S&H Senior Cup - Quarter Final
31/01/23 - Nostell MW vs Wombwell Town
The quarter final tie between step 6 strugglers Nostell MW and step 7 promotion hopefuls Wombwell Town proved to be a rollercoaster of emotions for both sets of players, officials and supporters.
Nostell provided the early pressure as they set out to test out the injury hit Wellers defence and this saw midfielder Brodie Cooper pick up a second minute booking for a foul on the edge of the penalty area.
With no big chances on target the Wellers weathered the early storm and started to push up into the opposition's half. A feel of how things might continue on 16 minutes saw a ball forward controlled by the arm of Nathan Hawkhead ignored by the match officials only for Luke Micklethwaite to join Cooper in the referee's book for a challenge that saw the midfielder win the ball moments later.
Harvey Booth gave Nostell the lead on 20 minutes as Jonathan Davis' initial save from Tawheed Ahmed was rebounded in at close range.
Just after the half hour the referee had a very big decision to make as Harry Atkinson violently shoved Cooper over the hoardings after winning a throw. Luckily the midfielder was okay after hitting the hard ground outside the field of play, but miraculously Atkinson got away with only a booking, much to the shock of the supporters in the stand right by the incident.
Wombwell Town finally had their first real effort on goal on the 38th minute as captain Eddie Agnew raced down the right side of the penalty box, turned his defender and forced Rhys Westcarr into a low, comfortable save.
A minute later Nostell doubled the lead when a wind-swept corner was put towards goal for Josh Whittaker to clear up onto the post with a header. The looping ball somehow blew to the head of Hawkhead who was able to put it past Davis to double the lead.
On the stroke of half time, the busy night for referee William Cavanagh continued as Jake Dickinson was shown a yellow for a foul on Connor Peace breaking down the left.
Half Time: NMWFC 2, WTFC 0
If the first half belonged to Nostell then the second belonged to Wombwell Town. The visitors had nothing to lose and upped their game to make this a Sheffield Senior Cup Classic!
The fightback began on 54 minutes as the determined Connor Peace found himself with time to relax and slot the ball past Westcarr after a long ball upfield found the striker in acres of space just outside the penalty area. The low strike into the bottom left corner gave the Wellers hope.
Peace was the lucky man to capitalise from a miskicked clearance by Westcarr on 69 minutes as the skewed mishit fell to the marksman who had to simply take the ball closer to the net and fire home with no pressure.
Whittaker, who had only played a handful of minutes in the past month since returning to the club couldn't continue past the 70 minute mark a shuffling at the back saw winger Joe Griggs return after a three game suspension. This moved McDermott to right back who picked up a booking on 80 minutes which, thankfully, saw the resulting free kick fly across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick.
Supporters in the crowd couldn't believe their eyes on 82 minutes as Wombwell Town took the lead for the first time in the game. A header from the edge of the area from substitute Spencer Gordon didn't quite reach Westcarr as Agnew put himself between the ball and the keeper. Agnew's well deflected touch on the ball took it over the shoulder of the keeper and find the back of the net.
The fairytale comeback wasn't to be as Booth scored his second of the game two minutes into added time. A free kick on the left wing was put into the box and Booth was there to put the ball past the diving Davis, to break the hearts of Wellers fans.
Straight to penalties there was still hope. 2-2 after the first eight penalties, Nostell were the side to progress as a save from Westcarr against McDermott's 5th and final penalty gave the homeside the win.
Nostell MW 3
(Booth 20, 90+2, Hawkhead 39)
Wombwell Town 3
(Peace 54, 69, Agnew 82)
Hawkhead (Nostell) - scored
Peace (Wombwell) - scored
Wood (Nostell) - scored
Smith (Wombwell) - saved
Smith (Nostell) - saved
Davis (Wombwell) - scored
Ahmed (Nostell) - saved
Griggs (Wombwell) - over
Allsopp (Nostell) - scored
McDermott (Wombwell) - saved
Nostell win 3-2 on penalties.
1. Jono Davis
2. Josh Whittaker
3. Luke Haslam
4. Will Harling
5. Joe Egan
6. Sam Maddock
7. Luke Micklethwaite
8. Brodie Cooper
9. Eddie Agnew (Captain)
10. Connor Peace
11. Gareth McDermott
12. Bailey Wilson
14. Calum Smith (Agnew, 90+1)
15. Joe Wilson
16. Joe Griggs (Whittaker, 70)
17. Cian Everard
K.T. Precision Player of the Match