Goalkeeper Searson Is Radford Cup Hero

Radford goalkeeper Joseph Searson-Smithard scored a last-minute equaliser against Ollerton Town in the FA Vase yesterday before helping his side to a penalty shootout win after an enthralling game ended 3-3 at Selhurst Street as the Pheasants go through to the third qualifying round at their opponents’ expense.

Buba Ceesay put Radford ahead against much-fancied opponents and Mamoke Akuana made it 2-0 inside twenty-five minutes to offer a hint of an upset on the cards but a second half comeback by many peoples favourites Ollerton ensured it was the away side in the hot seat with just minutes of the match remaining

Sam Stretton and Gav King netted midway through the second period before Conor Green on 78 gave the town the lead which looked to have taken the North Notts side through but in the dying seconds the goalkeeper Searson went up for a late late corner and headed home like a 30 goal season striker to take the game into a shootout.

Ollerton missed their first and final penalty with Radford netting all theirs to go through after a fantastic match in the sun played in front of 115 spectators.

Elsewhere a similar story at Rainworth Miners Welfare saw the Wrens go through on pens against Gedling MW after the spoils were shared with six goals in another entertaining match. Report here

West Bridgford also drew their FA Vase match 2-2 with Harrowby United before crashing out of the competition on penalties.

No luck either for Sherwood Colliery who were beaten 1-3 at home to Aylestone Park of Leicestershire whilst Selston went out to Long Eaton losing 4-1.

*Main image @NigelOwen65 Radford goalkeeper Searson scores a late leveller verses Ollerton.

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