After last weeks dismal showing against Sandbach United in the St Luke’s Cup, United fought back with two stunning victories in the same competition.
On Wednesday they travelled to Runcorn Town with Danny Mitchley being the Skem hero on the night, scoring all four goals as United ran out 4-2 winners.
Whilst on Saturday they were at home at the JMO against the same opposition, needing a win to stay in with a shout of reaching the final and it was that man Mitchley who had two chances early doors, his first on 3 minutes went agonizingly close and his second two minutes later just scraped the wrong side of the cross bar.
Emini Adegbenro got in on the act after 17 minutes but again the shot just wide of the upright, the lad made amends just two minutes later when a long ball from Alex Davies found the striker in acres of space and his advances saw his shot beat the keeper and this time found the net. He could have made it two a few minutes later but again the post came to Runcorn’s rescue.
Runcorn who had been on the back foot for the first 30 minutes suddenly sprung into life, Barnes making a good save, Sinnott having a shot cleared of the line by Davies and then finding the back of the net with the goal of the game on 33 minutes.
United regained their lead just on half time as rampaging defender Callum Preston’s shot from just inside the box went in off the post and it was 2-1.
United continued to dominate the second half proceedings but couldnt find the back of the net as O’Neill, Griffiths and Mitchley all went close but it was left to the last kick of the game for United to extend their lead as Man of the Match Alex Davies found some space in the box and fired home.
The goal became more important as news filtered through from the other game, it means that United have to win next Saturdays encounter at Winsford by 2 clear goals to progress to the final on 22nd May, or hope that winless Runcorn can produce something out of the bag to defeat Sandbach.
There was more good news in midweek and the clubs Youth Academy side travelled to Ossett United and came away with a resounding 6-1 win. The performances of Donahue and Morris would gain them recognition in the NPLA Team of the week. Well done lads.