Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup 2nd Round
at the Windsor Foodservice Stadium, Sandy Lane, Worksop
Handsworth Parramore (1) 4
Sam Denton 35, Luke Fletcher 62, Danny Buttle 88 Kieran Wells 90+1
Nostell Miners Welfare (0) 1
James Kitson 90+2
Admission £5. Programme £1. Attendance 50
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Tonight they saw off Nostell Miners Welfare in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Cup, who, in spite of their lowly league position, still showed some need touches and good attacking intentions at times, but ultimately, the home side had more in their arsenal and had won the game comfortably and were four goals to the good, by the time James Kitson latched onto a loose ball, after Andrew Sneath had parried Luke Gordan's shot and nudged home a consolation goal in the 92nd minute.
Luke Fletcher repeated the trick from 25 yards out at the other end a few minutes later, as Parramore got into their stride.
Steve Warne knocked the ball wide to Sam Denton, whose cross was flicked on by Nathan Joynes but Colin Marrison couldn't quite find the final incisive touch from close range.
Nostell pushed forward but when Fidel Mholo chipped the ball into the path of Josh Whitley, Gareth Griffiths did enough to put him off and the Miners front man and he drilled the ball against the advertising hoardings.
Luke Fletcher swung a sweeping pass from out of the right wing across the Nostell 6 yard box, but it fell a fraction too far in front of Alex Rippon.
Fletcher was the creator again, when he launched a long range free kick into the box towards Marrison, who missed an absolute sitter at the back stick.
Whitley won a free kick a few yards outside the Handsworth area, but after waiting for the natch referee Chris Ward to move the Ambers four man wall back, he smashed the ball straight at them.
Danny Buttle floated the ball into the visitors area and chaos ensued as a scrum of bodies went for the ball, with Frank Zalo eventually hooking it to safety, to where Whitley tore towards Handsworth's goal and unleashed a stinging shot that 'Archie' Sneath got behind and palmed away.
Marrison's shot from outside the area, was deflected wide at the expense of a corner and from Buttle's flag kick Sam Denton who had arrived in the box right on cue, powered his header past Eddie Hall to give the home side the lead, after 35 minutes.
Rippon shot over the crossbar, but picked up the ball straight from Hall's goal kick and would've made it 2-0 if it hadn't been for a very timely last ditch interception by Zalo.
The home side should've been two goals in front at the interval, but Joynes headed wide from Buttle's cross and then saw his crashing effort cannon back into play off of Hall's feet, who was on the goal line, on the stroke of half time.
Griffiths, Marrison and Rippon, passed the ball sweetly across the pitch from right to left, but when Rippon surged forward for the return ball, he didn't get enough power behind his header and Hall saved comfortably.
Luke Gordan broke into the Handsworth box through the right channel but James Cullingworth came to the rescue and turned the ball over his own bar to prevent James Kitson getting to it right in front of the Ambers goal. Unorthodox maybe, but effective!
Handsworth edged towards the Nostell area and Luke Fletcher unleashed a shot from 18 yards out, that took a slight deflection but would have beaten Hall anyway and with just over a hour on the clock, the home side had the luxury of a two goal cushion to sit on.
Frank Zalo was lucky not to give the home side a third goal when he almost put the ball past his own keeper while dealing with a Buttle cross.
Joynes nodded the ball off target from Fletcher's hanging cross as the home side threatened to take over and Nostell began to look tired.
Mholo cut in from the left flank towards the Ambers penalty area, but miscued his shot so badly that the ball went for a throw in on the far touchline.
Nostell began to concede possession cheaply in their own half and lived a bit of a charmed life as the home side failed to take advantage on a couple of occasions.
Handsworth's late substitutions played a big part in the closing stages of the game; Kieran Wells advanced into the box from the right flank but upon finding his path to goal blocked, flicked the ball backwards to Ben Starosta who was tracking his run and the Ambers number 16 knocked a first time cross over the area to Buttle who hammered an unstoppable shot past Hall. 87 minutes, 3-0 to Parramore... you don't stop those!
Wells, whose lightning fast moment of trickery had made the opportunity for Starosta to tee up Buttle's goal, bagged one for himself in stoppage time, when Joynes nudged the ball into the patch of the in form striker and he 'fizzed' the ball into the net from 12 yards.
Kitson scored for Nostell in the 92nd minute (as described above)... and moments before Mr Ward blew his whistle to bring an highly entertaining game to a close, Simon Harrison played the ball to Marrison in the Miners area, but Hall saved Joynes' effort after his captain had set him up eight yards out.
FT: Handsworth Parramore 4 v Nostell Miners Welfare 1
On the night, the Ambers won the game comfortably... and still looked to have more in reserve, if they had needed it.
And it must be nice to have Kieran Wells on the bench when you want to turn the screw and put the game to bed.