Ollerton were knocked out of the FA Vase at the first time of asking after a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of St Andrews.
Ollerton were given a tough draw against a side who not only play a level above but who were also semi-finalists in the Vase last season.
Despite this, Ollerton matched their opponents for most of the game and led at half time thanks to a Gary Armstrong free-kick.
However, in the second half St Andrews scored twice thanks to Shay Brennan and Callum Earls and this was enough to see them progress. Ollerton had the strongest chance of the game’s opening stages as Kyle Ludlow saw his effort denied by the outstretched leg of Antcliffe in the St Andrews goal. Doughty was proving to be a constant threat in the St Andrews attack and he twisted on the edge of the area before firing wide while later he saw a header well saved by Simon Smith in the Ollerton goal. Around midway through the first half, Ollerton took the lead. Kyle Clarkson was fouled on the edge of the area and after a dummy by Ludlow, Gary Armstrong ran onto the ball and curled a shot around the wall and into the corner of the net. It was a great moment for Ollerton but it seemed to spur St Andrews on even more and they came close on two occasion before the half time interval.
A cross from the left was deflected towards the Ollerton goal by Paul Burgess, but thankfully Smith reacted well to tip the ball over the bar and, secondly, Smith was on hand once again to save what looked like a certain goal after a close-range effort. Ollerton started slowly in the second half and were made to pay as St Andrews levelled it up.
A cross from the right found its way into the area and Shay Brennan managed to find some space and volley into the corner of the net. After drawing level, St Andrews nearly handed Ollerton the lead back.
An attempted headed clearance was skewed straight into the path of Ludlow and he was inches away from heading over the advancing keeper, but agonisingly it went wide of the goal. St Andrews were placing Ollerton under more and more pressure as they fought to take the lead. Their continued pressure finally paid off as Earls fired St Andrews into the lead. The ball fell kindly for the left wing back and he did well to strike past Smith to score the eventual winner. Despite Ollerton’s valiant efforts, they were unable to find a way back into the game and St Andrews held on to secure the winner.
Though the game ended in defeat, Ollerton can be proud of their performance as they worked extremely hard and gave it everything; unfortunately it just wasn’t to be.
In all, six Central Midlands teams ventured into the first qualifying round of the FA Vase, but despite some creditable performances only Hucknall Town managed to progress to the next round.
The Watnall Road outfit saw off East Midlands Counties side Stapenhill by four clear goals.
Niall Thompson gave Hucknall a 10th minute lead, the other three goals coming in the second half through Leon Aikman, a second from Thompson and one in stoppage time by Nathan Francis. Hucknall now make the short trip to Arnold Town in the next round.
Eastwood Community were also in front against step five side Harrowby United, Matt Brian scoring after seven minutes, but two in three minutes just before the interval inspired Harrowby to a 3-1 win.
Belper Town’s tie with former CML side Clifton All Whites went to extra-time. Louis Mundin put Belper ahead, but Clifton gained the advantage before Scott Slater levelled things, Clifton scoring twice more in the extra half hour.
Appleby Frodingham were involved in a local derby with another ex- Central Midlands side, Bottesford, but went down 4-1 with a Stephen McCarron goal the bright spot.
It was a day to forget for Askern who were rolled over 12-0 at Selby Town.