Five-star Ollerton Town are relishing the chance to take on highly-rated local-derby rivals, Clipstone, after sweeping into the elite last 16 of the Notts FA Senior County Cup.
The Central Midlands League, South Division formbook suggested there would be little between Ollerton and their Second Round visitors, Newark Town, who sit just one place below them in the table.
But the home team brushed Newark aside to the tune of 5-0 and now face a mouthwatering home tie against Clipstone as they join the top ten seeded clubs across the county in Round Three.
Clipstone are currently flying high in the Northern Counties East League, Premier Division, which is two levels above Ollerton on the non-league pyramid. The tie has been earmarked for Saturday, December 5.
Newark were expected to provide a much sterner test, given that they had won four of their previous seven games. But Ollerton were always the stronger side and almost took the lead when a poor goalkick by Liam Needham fell kindly to Kyle Ludlow. His header found Kyle Clarkson, who could only drill a shot wide of the upright.
The home team only had to wait until the 16th minute for their breakthrough goal, however, when Chris Hewitt was given time and space on the edge of the area to turn and thump a shot past Needham into the top of the net.
In reply, Newark kept searching for openings and went close when Craig Roche, playing against his former club, dragged a shot wide from 18 yards. But with half-time approaching, Ollerton doubled their lead when Clarkson showed why he is the club’s top scorer, firing a dipping effort into the corner.
The tie was effectively sealed four minutes into the second period with a third goal. This time good play down the right led to Tom Cooke delivering a cros that was flicked on by Ludlow to Craig Stanton, who chested the ball down and volleyed into the net.
As if Newark’s task wasn’t difficult enough, they were soon reduced to ten men when Danny Purves was shown his second yellow card of the game for a push on Clarkson.
Ollertin duly cashed in by making it four on the hour as Clarkson’s free-kick to the far post found Paul Burgess, who headed home his first goal for the club from a tight angle.
The scoring was completed by substitute Callum Atkinson 15 minutes from time when he beat his defender before calmly rolling the ball home.
Having used all the subs, Ollerton were forced to play the latter stages with only ten men when Hewitt sustained an unjury and had to go off. But they preserved their clean sheet, even though Newark clipped the top of the bar with a long-range drive.