Rossington Main 0-3 Skelmersdale United
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
Skelmersdale United reached the FA Vase 1st Round proper with what looks like a convincing 3-0 win at Yorkshire side Rossington Main but it was anything but.
With both sides scoring 20plus goals in their last 5 matches and both sitting 2nd in their respective divisions, high hopes were on the cards for a thrilling encounter.
The supporters present were not disappointed with the afternoons entertainment as both sides went looking for that early goal, both sides played good attacking football chances fell at both ends but the shooting was high wide and anything but handsome giving little to trouble the keepers.
It took until the 35th minute to break down the home side’s defence, Mikey Howard on a surging run was upended in the box by former Football League defender Greg Young and Mini Adegbenro fired United into the lead with the resultant spot kick.
United made it two a few minutes later, a mix up in the Yorkshire side defence enabled Adegbenro to nip in and slot home for his and United’s second.
Main almost pulled one back on the stroke of half time as a shot from Sam Kitchen just scraped the bar.
At half time the buzz around the ground was that the game was not over and Rossington came out with all guns blazing, one goal for the hosts could have seen the floodgates open but the United defence under constant pressure held firm, Grogan and Herbert were colossal at the heart of it.
An injury to the Mains keeper halted proceedings for a short while which enabled United to regroup. The game became scrappy and a number of players from both sides found the referee’s notebook.
United made a change on 84 minutes bringing on youngster Eddie Servuts, within a minute he had extended United’s advantage a through ball from Grogan enabled him to get round the defence and fire home from the edge of the box, the injured keeper had no chance.
United won 3-0 but Paul McNally’s men know that they have used their get out of jail card, Rossington were far the better side especially in the second half, if only that had brought their shooting boots the result could have been very different.
United line up: Barnes, Davies, Molyneux, Grogan, Herbert, Strickland, Morris, Djalo, Adegbenro, Croughan, Howard, Subs Towey, Servuts, Ellis. Unused: Brodie, Webster, Courtney.