FA Vase First Round Qualifying
at Sandy Lane, Worksop
Handsworth (2) 4
Leon Howarth 13,
Joe Thornton 45,
Joe Parkin 69,
Marley Grant 90+5
Shelley (0) 0
Subsequently, both sides finished the game with ten men apiece, after the referee: Antony Wingate, dismissed the visitors striker Josh Dyson along with the Ambers play-maker Jamie Austin, for their part in melee at the beginning of the second half, involving a whole host of other players who can probably consider themselves fortunate not to have been given their marching orders too.
Joe Thornton and Carlton Pownall had already been booked during the first half, for an off the ball incident.
But the afternoon wasn't all about the aggro and at the hosts played some eye-catching football at times. Not least in the build up to the first goal, when a neat interchange between Luke Francis and Marley Grant, created a yard of space for Leon Howarth to control the ball in his stride, before picking his spot with an emphatic finish, that stung Paul Day's outstretched fingertips on it's way into the back of the net.
HT: Handsworth 2 v Shelley 0
The multi-talented John Stainrod, entertained the crowd at half time with an impressive display of pole dancing, is their anything this man can't do!?
Townsend, the Handsworth goalkeeper, didn't have a massive amount to do all afternoon, but when he was called into action, he dealt with anything thrown his way with an assured confidence, leaving his area when required to act as an extra defender and bravely putting his body on the line for a save at the feet of Anderton, when Shelley were trying to keep the game alive and get back into things. The Ambers number 1 has been around the local football scene for a while now and seems to get better and have a more commanding presence in and around his goal area, every time I see him in action. He's definitely proving to be a great acquisition for Handsworth. As is Marley Grant, who appears to be reaching his peak too.
Howarth was chipping away around the edges of Shelley's tiring defence while having to endure some (very) close marking and hefty challenges, while Grant took the game to visitors via the wide channels and continued to torment the visitors defence.
FT: Handsworth 4 v Shelley 0
Owing to international call ups, Handsworth don't have a game at the weekend, but they have back to back games at Sandy Lane the following week, when AFC Mansfield are the visitors for an NCEL Premier Division game on Tuesday 10th September and Glasshoughton Welfare roll into town for an FA Vase 2nd Round Qualifying tie on Sunday 15th September.