Leek Cup fifth round
AFC Hanley Town 1 Ball Haye Green 2
BALL Haye Green survived a stormy encounter in the Potteries to make further progress in the Leek Cup.
Tensions rose after Green berated their opponents for not kicking the ball out of play after a player went down injured.
The match hit boiling point soon afterwards, when Green midfielder Sam Potts and Hanley's Martin Stanyer collided in a heavy challenge.
The tackle sparked a coming together of both sets of players as the referee attempted to gain control of the situation.
After a lengthy discussion with his linesman, the referee issued a yellow card to both players, much to the disgust of the Hanley officials, who felt the Green player should have seen red.
Goals from Eddie Ellis and Mike Keates – the latter's 12th of the season – were enough to give Green victory. Martin Stanyer replied for the hosts.
It was only Hanley's second defeat in 14 games.
An offside decision saved the home side from going behind after just three minutes .
The Green continued to press, with Keates dictating play from midfield.
Keates broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after 38 minutes.
Hanley battled back well after the break but it was the Green who doubled their lead 10 minutes into the half. Eddie Ellis was on the end of a free kick to flick his effort into the right hand corner after some poor marking.
Hanley halved the deficit just three minutes later when Stanyer took advantage of a scramble in the box to head over Mark Rivers.
Stanyer kept plugging away for a late equaliser and saw an effort from 20 yards drag wide of the far post.