Football: Hanley go extra mile to claim vase victory
HANLEY Town needed every bit of their resolve to keep their Staffs FA Vase dream alive.
The Abbey Lane outfit had to dig deep before coming through a tough test against Lichfield City.
Town were taken into extra-time, having failed to break the deadlock during the 90 minutes.
But they came through in the end as goals from Michael Moreton and Theo Stair earned a place in round four.
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Wolstanton United enjoyed a more comfortable progress at the expense of Premier Division rivals Keele University.
Mark Grice scored twice in the first half to put the home side on course for victory and Rob Fairbanks added another after the break.
But Audley bowed out after losing to Stafford Town.
Danny Meek put the Premier side ahead after only five minutes, but Roger Johns levelled for Stafford before half-time and then added a second on the hour mark.
Redgate Clayton mounted a late fight-back to go top of the Premier Division table.
They came from two goals down to clinch a thrilling victory at the death.
An own goal put visiting Kidsgrove ahead and Rob Nicklin doubled the advantage after 25 minutes.
That's how it stayed until the closing stages when Redgate suddenly woke from their slumber.
Curtis Eaton pulled one back after 85 minutes, Wayne Glover grabbed an equaliser two minutes later and Chris Hardy wrapped it up with the winner in the last minute.
Redgate jumped above Cheadle Town, who were thumped 4-1 at home by unbeaten Abbey Hulton United.
Goals from Michael Wright, Shaun Rhodes, Chris Baker and Rob Kent kept Abbey's own title aspirations alive, despite a consolation from Andy Elks.
United are now fourth in a congested title race, five points behind the leaders, but with two games in hand.
Andy Teague, Will Bown and Greg Johnstone were on target as Ball Haye Green came out on top in a five-goal thriller against Newcastle Town.
Tom Kenyon and Jordan Cole scored for the home side.
Shaun Mountford netted twice and there were also goals for Lee Greatbach and Josh Graham as Biddulph Town saw off Stone Dominoes 4-1, while Sammy Miah grabbed a hat-trick to fire Eccleshall to a 3-0 win at home to Norton.
Florence had to settle for a point despite scoring three times in the first half at Stretton.
Richie Houlton (2) and Rich Parkes looked to have given their side the points, but Stretton battled back thanks to Sam Cartwright, Carl Chadfield and Andrew Hoderian.
Uttoxeter Town march on at the top of Division One after a 2-0 success at mid-table Vodafone Stoke.
Matt Redshaw found the net in the first half and an own goal after the break sealed victory.
MMU remain second, although they were pushed all the way before winning 3-2 at Bradwell.
Felix Murray, Mark France and Adam Yates put them 3-0 up, but Tim Bowyer pulled one back from the spot and Richard Jarvis was also on target to make it a tight finish.
Foley won by a similar scoreline at Abbey Hulton United Reserves, with goals from Jordan Aitkin, Matt Wooliscroft and Dan Wilshaw.
Hall Heath remain out in front in Division Two, despite a 6-3 defeat at Norton, while there were seven goals at Betley where visitors Biddulph Town Reserves just edged the victory.