Cup Progression For County

Notts County came from a goal behind to beat Chorley and reach the fourth round of the Buildbase FA Trophy where they’ll play Maidstone United at Meadow Lane in the new year.

In an entertaining round three game at Meadow Lane last night, the home side fell behind to a Connor Hall strike on 18 minutes but bounced back through Sam Austin on 32 before a Scott Leather own goal on the stroke of half time gave Luke Williams men the lead into the break.

In the second half, the home side-controlled proceedings but couldn’t add to their tally as a late Chorley chance was spurned to take the game to penalties.

Luke Williams stating after the match “It was a tough game, we started slowly and conceded the first goal which was very disappointing but overall really pleased that we were able to fight our way back in the game and secure victory”.

In other cup action last night, Basford United overcame Newark & Sherwood in their Notts FA County Cup quarter final tie at Collingham.

Basford securing a comfortable 3-0 win thanks to a Josh Barnes strike on the half hour before second half additions through Matt Thornhill on 63 and Ben Starkie on 83. The match was officiated by Newark based Premier League Referee David Coote who was dusting off his boots ahead of the festive return to topflight action in England next week.

Basford join Carlton Town and Mansfield Town in the semi-finals with one last eight match to be played, between Gedling MW FC and Nottingham Forest U21’s on January 3rd with the draw for the final four still to be confirmed.

Finally, also in the cup last night were Worksop Town, who in Sheffield Senior Cup action against Hemsworth were beaten 3-2 at Sandy Lane.

The current holders losing their first match since a 2-1 FA Trophy defeat at Leek Town in October. Worksop actually raced into a two goal lead inside eighteen minutes thanks to goals from Tavonga Kuleya and Liam Hughes but their opponents responded with a fightback to inflict a first defeat in eleven.

Despite cup KO, Craig Parry’s Tigers are still top of the Northern Premier League East Division having won their last seventeen league matches in a row, this after starting the season with a defeat and draw in their opening two matches. Worksop are at Nottinghamshire rivals Carlton Town on Boxing Day (26 December) next, the Millers struggling towards the bottom of the table in seventeenth.

Also special mention to Nottingham Forest’s youngsters who last night beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the City Ground to reach the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup. Esapa Osong scoring a second half belter to send last season’s finalists through.

*Main image @Official_NCFC Notts celebrate during a hard earned win.

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