Football: Grice spot on to fire United to final showdown
MARK Grice claimed the starring role as Wolstanton United showed true spirit to earn a place in the final of the League Cup.
The striker bagged a hat-trick, including two penalties, to help United come from two goals down against Redgate Clayton.
Grice also missed a third spot-kick, but it mattered little in the end as a 4-2 victory sent Wolstanton through to the final.
Ryan Green looked to have put Redgate on their way with goals on 10 and 17 minutes.
But the game turned on a key flash-point four minutes later.
A hand-ball inside their penalty area left Clayton down to 10 men and gave Grice the chance to reduce the arrears from the spot. The comeback had started.
He missed another penalty just two minutes later, but levelled the scores just before the break.
His third spot-kick, after 65 minutes, put his side in front for the first time, and a Nathan Shaw strike soon after wrapped it up.
Wolstanton will play Hanley Town in the final following their victory over Biddulph Town.
Theo Stair's first-half goal for Hanley was cancelled out by Shaun Mountford.
But Stair's second and another goal for Michael Moreton sent Hanley through.
The final of the President's Trophy, for teams outside the Premier Division, will be between Division One leaders Uttoxeter Town and Hilton Harriers.
Town raced to a 3-0 victory against Foley thanks to goals from Tommy Smith, Matt Redshaw and Kyle Esplin.
While Brent Freeman's goal was just enough to see Hilton through against Congleton Athletic.
Charlie Ryles grabbed the only goal of the game to put Division Two Silverdale Athletic into the semi-final of the Staffs FA Challenge Cup.
His extra-time winner was just enough to edge out Walsall Wood Reserves and set up a last-four clash with either Wolstanton United Reserves or Chasetown Reserves, whose tie was postponed.
Betley, meanwhile, suffered the agony of losing a shoot-out.
Their quarter-final against Rostance Edwards remained scoreless after extra-time and they then lost 4-3 on penalties.
Alex Wood struck twice as Cheadle Town returned to the top of the Premier Division.
Rob Evans and Rob Heath were also on target in a thumping 4-0 win against Ball Haye Green.
Unbeaten Abbey Hulton maintained their title challenge with an impressive 5-1 success at home to Florence.
Steve Allen gave the visitors a shock lead, but order was soon resumed as goals from Nathan Chinn-Shaw (2), Michael Wright, Lee Cropper and Chris Bacon sealed three points for United.
Veteran Darren Twigg and Jordan Cole looked to have put Newcastle on the way to victory at Kidsgrove Athletic.
They led 2-0 after only six minutes, but their early advantage was wiped out by a hat-trick from Danny Bull and a Spencer Byatt strike.
Joe Abedini and Kieron Ball both scored twice in a 5-2 win for Norton against Alsager, while Keele University were forced to settle for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Eccleshall.
With Uttoxeter Town in cup action, MMU took the chance to the gap at the top of Division One with a 3-0 triumph at Bradeley Town.
James Stafford, Stan Asomaning and Adam Yates were the men on target.
Hanley Town Reserves are third after goals from Mark Groom (2), Simon Gordon and Chris Shenton set up a 4-1 win against Sandbach.
Redgate Clayton Reserves won by a similar scoreline at Vodafone Stoke.