Ten-man Audley upset odds to set up meeting with Town
PLUCKY Audley showed true grit to win a place in the final of the Leek Cup.
The Town Fields outfit had to play much of the second half of their last-four tie at Redgate Clayton with 10 men, having had a player sent off for a second yellow card.
But they came through a tough test of character to earn a shot at the silverware.
Shaun Searle gave Audley the advantage and the visitors looked to be well on course when Danny Meek made it two after 32 minutes.
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But Redgate halved the deficit before the break thanks to a Jimmy Garside spot-kick and when Audley were reduced to 10 after only 53 minutes, there was still plenty to do.
But they hung on to their slender lead and will now play Hanley Town in the final.
Theo Stair fired Hanley in front at home to Ball Haye Green and Danny Tainton's goal after the break was enough to seal victory.
Cheadle Town took advantage of Hanley's involvement in the cup to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier Division.
Matt Pearson's strike before half-time was added to by Jake Alcock and Dan Rooksby in a 3-0 victory at struggling Stone Dominoes.
Abbey Hulton United are now second, and they remain unbeaten after seeing off Eccleshall in fine style.
Lee Cropper scored twice and there were other goals for Nick Aitkin, Shaun Rhodes and Chris Baker.
Newcastle Town made a lightning start to their match at home to Stretton.
Jordan Cole's double was backed up by Jack Harrison and Darren Twigg as Town went into the break four goals to the good.
Stretton scored a second-half consolation, but a comeback was never on the cards for the Burton-based side.
Kieron Ball and Matt Kinsey both struck twice in a goal spree at Norton.
Ryan Meredith and Mark Lawton were also on target, while bottom club Florence replied through Lee Hollins, Craig Stephens and Luke Standeven.
Jordan Eardman put Alsager ahead at Keele, but the visitors hit back to win it through Dan Brundrett and Michael Hewitt, while Wolstanton United edged a tight verdict at Kidsgrove thanks to Matt Hancock and Ryan Myskiel.
With games involving the top three in Division One postponed, Redgate Clayton Reserves completely fluffed their chance to close the gap on their rivals.
Danny Wooliscroft and Craig Bachelor put Foley two-up early on, but it looked as though Redgate would come storming back when the home side were reduced to 10 men. However, Lee Goodwin made it three for Foley and, though Matt Barlow pulled one back, Wooliscroft went on to complete his hat-trick and Bachelor rounded off a 6-1 win in the last minute.
Ryan O'Reilly and Dan Beuhler scored three apiece as Congleton Athletic put Bradwell to the sword, while two goals from Kyle Cooke and another from Simon Dale saw Chesterton AFC cruise to a 3-1 win at home to Bradeley Town.
Wayne Hinks netted twice as Hall Heath stay top of Division Two. Louis McDowall was also on the mark in a 3-2 success at Stapenhill.
Richie Shankland and Adam Bradley grabbed the goals which earned Norton Reserves a 2-1 triumph at Florence, while Liam Dyche (2), James Hornsey and Liam McKay were on the scoresheet as FC Vibromax won 4-0 at Longton.