FA Cup progress for Shirebrook Town after Haslam double

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A GOAL worthy of winning any match eight minutes from time by Carl Haslam saw Shirebrook advance into the next round of the most famous cup competition in the world with a 2-1 win against Blackstones FC.

It was the visitors who were first to threaten when Shirebrook were caught cold on three minutes.

Buttery got into the box and Jason White had to be at his best to turn the striker’s shot around the post for a corner.

Danny McLane sent Haslam clear on six minutes, but the striker’s low drive drifted wide of the far post.

Kristian Watson then hit the side netting after good approach work from Brendan Sweeney.

Shirebrook were dealt a blow on 10 minutes with the substitution of Sam Holmes through injury, replacing him though was club captain Steve McGurk.

White was in action again soon after, acrobatically turning Buttery’s header over the bar.

Kyle Ludlow earned a booking a minute later for a challenge on Nelson, the resulting free-kick always rising above the bar.

Captain Andy Jones was next to receive a card with 30 minutes gone, despite making no contact as the referee deemed the intent to be there.

Parity was restored a minute later when Blackstones captain Matt Porter received a booking for a deliberate handball.

Haslam then squandered the best chance so far, heading over from six yards.

The forward man forced a good save out of Crockett, cutting inside from the left and unleashing a low drive that the keeper did well to turn around the post.

Five minutes from half-time Pearce delivered a superb cross that should have put the visitors in front.

But Avis blew the chance as he guided the ball wide of the post.

The second half was barely three minutes old when Blackstones took the lead.

The ball was played into the home box and it appeared to hit Buttery’s hand. It was scrambled away, but only as far as Avis who hammered home with the help of two deflections.

Shirebrook got back on level terms on the hour mark thanks to a deflection of their own.

Haslam turned two defenders on the edge of the box, before his shot took a wicked deflection off Mannings into the net.

Shirebrook were now beginning to show their dominance and Haslam created havoc again to force another good save out of Crockett on 65 minutes.

Luke Thomas should have done better from Kristian Watson’s corner as he headed wide on the far post after 70 minutes.

White was back in action after 77 minutes with a wonderful point blank save from Buttery turning the ball over the bar.

But Haslam’s threat proved too much eight minutes from time when he ghosted between two defenders who thought they had Sweeney’s long ball covered.

The ball bounced once and, seeing the keeper slightly off his line, Haslam calmly lobbed the ball over him from 20 yards and into the net.

Haslam was then booked for what can only be described as an over exuberant celebration.

SHIREBROOK TOWN: White, Jones, Jackson L. Ludlow, Thomas, Sweeney, Watson Kr, Holmes (McGurk 10 mins), Watson K, Haslam (Stubley 84 mins), McLane (Bainbridge 86 mins). Subs not used: Jackson G, Davey, Bowring.

BLACKSTONES FC: Crockett, Davies, Porter B, Porter M, Mannings, Burns, Avis (Buckle 78 mins), Boome, Buttery, Nelson (Easson 62 mins), Pearce. Subs not used: McCormack, Goode.

REFEREE: Paul Tomes of Ecclesfield.

SHIREBROOK Man of the Match: Kyle Ludlow.