Non-league football: Walker double sends Grove crashing out
KIDSGROVE were haunted by a face from the past as they relinquished their grip on the Staffordshire Senior Cup at Rushall Olympic.
Former Grove striker Dave Walker, who scored more than 100 goals in three seasons at the Seddon Stadium before leaving last summer, netted twice in the 4-1 quarter-final victory.
Evo-Stik Premier Division Rushall's win also made amends for last season's final defeat to Kidsgrove.
Walker set the ball rolling on the stroke of half-time when his header bounced in off the crossbar.
And it took him just three minutes after the restart to double his tally for the night.
Kyle Hayens' cross was headed back across goal by Michael Clarke, with Walker on hand to sweep home from close range.
John Johnston gave Evo-Stik Division One South Grove hope with a 67th-minute effort, but they found themselves 3-1 behind shortly after.
Clarke applied the finishing touch to Haynes' free-kick, before Ahmed Obeng's penalty, in the 82nd minute, put the gloss on the result.
THREE second-half goals sent Stafford Rangers sliding to a 3-0 defeat at Hednesford in the Staffordshire Senior Cup quarter-finals.
Sean O'Connor opened the scoring for the Pitmen five minutes into the second half with Elliott Durrell doubling the lead 20 minutes later.
Michael Lennon compounded Stafford's misery when he added a third on 88 minutes.
CONGLETON Town reached the second round of the Cheshire Senior Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory at Winsford United.
The match sprung to life in the final 20 minutes, with Chris Smith putting Congleton ahead in the 70th minute.
Josh Bennett responded, before Town's Matthew Worrall and Andy Keogh traded goals in injury-time to level at 2-2 and send the match into extra-time.
Neither side could muster a winner, and Congleton held their nerve from 12 yards to prevail 6-5 on spot-kicks.
CHESHIRE Senior Cup holders Nantwich crashed out of the competition at the first hurdle after a 4-2 extra-time defeat by Tranmere Rovers.
Hosts Nantwich led twice, but couldn't keep their hopes of a fourth cup triumph alive against their League One opponents.
Sean Cooke struck a sublime opener for Nantwich and Simon Everall looked to have secured the victory 10 minutes from time after Josh Lane's own goal had levelled the scores.
Rovers substitute Oscar Durnin equalised four minutes from time and then gave the visitors the lead early in the first half of extra-time.
Joe Thompson wrapped the tie up late in extra-time.