Staffordshire County Cup, second round
Cheadle Town U16s 2 Forest Park 1
CHEADLE continued their good start to the season as they progressed into round three with a hard-fought victory that was sealed deep into extra time.
After a tight first half, the second period soon kicked into life when the visitors took the lead just three minutes in.
Good work down the right resulted in a ball being driven across the sixyard box, from where it was well converted.
The goal gave Cheadle a jolt and they went on to play some excellent stuff.
Striker Macauley Rowe was seeing more of the ball and with Dan Harper enjoying an excellent game on the wide right, the chances started to come.
Jack Derbyshire was unlucky to see a sweet strike rebound off the upright and on numerous occasions, the ball just wouldn’t fall for a yellow shirt as the visitors were forced to defend deeper and deeper.
Midway through the half, Blake Louth was introduced into the action and five minutes later, he squared the game.
A Derbyshire pass was beautifully weighted into the path of Louth, who was able to drive the ball home for his first competitive goal for the club.
For the remainder of the half, Park looked the more likely to grab a winner but the Town defence of Andy Coxon, Billy Johnson, Tommy Burnett and Tremayne Woolliscroft stood firm.
Despite the best efforts of both sides, the referee blew for full time – and 20 minutes of extra time followed.
The first 10 were a tight affair but good play by Nico Watson and Derbyshire resulted in a great chance when the ball was pulled back to Rowe.
However, he scuffed his shot and the match entered the final period still all square.
With just five minutes remaining and with the prospect of penalties looming, Cheadle continued to press and were finally rewarded for their endeavours.
Jack Pattinson won the ball and released Rowe, who raced down the inside right channel.
With the keeper about to wipe him out, Rowe produced a wonderful deep cross that was met perfectly by the head of Watson for the winning goal.
Cheadle’s Glyn Pattinson commented: “The spirit, desire and camaraderie amongst the lads is absolutely phenomenal this season and they just never give up.
“Our two goal scorers are both playing a year above themselves but their introduction into the squad, along with Tremayne Woolliscroft, has helped to reinvigorate the team, and with another new signing likely to be revealed next week, there is sure to be stiff competition for places.”