Extra-time penalty secures FA Cup passage for Hillmen

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FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replay

Louth Town 1, Glossop North End 2

AN EXTRA-TIME penalty from Adam Oakes booked Glossop North End a place in the next round of the FA Cup last night (Wednesday), writes Stewart Taylor.

The Hillmen, showing a number of enforced changes in their line-up from Saturday’s stalemate at Surrey Street, took an early lead from a free-kick in the 13th minutes, following a heavy foul on midfielder Ashley Smallwood.

The set-piece, in a central position some 40 yards from the Louth goal, was met in the box by Smallwood and his flick-on was converted by Danny Browne at the far post.

Shortly afterwards, a long-range screamer by Hillmen forward Dean McGregor was expertly saved by Ian McTaggart in the Louth goal, while a cross from the right was missed by Dean McGregor from six yards out.

Louth came back into the match and their efforts were rewarded on 21 minutes when centre forward Danny Kilmore converted a deep cross into the box with a spectacular volley which gave Ben Proctor no chance.

The match continued at the same high tempo, and on 35 minutes a cross from the right by playmaker Oakes was met with a deft header by Andrew Sensale, the ball rebounding off the underside of McTaggart’s crossbar.

Louth began the second half in the ascendancy, putting the Glossop defence under pressure with some slick passing movements through midfield, and in the 80th minute they almost went ahead but for a wonder save from Proctor.

With the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, an uneventful first period of extra time ensued. But the match burst into life in the second period and, with six minutes remaining, Glossop substitute Callum Harrison was adjudged to have been fouled by a Louth defender just inside the penalty area. Oakes stepped up to convert with some ease.

In the final minute, a shot from Louth substitute Robert McSpadden beat Proctor but was cleared off the line by Browne.

The Hillmen’s next opponents in the FA Cup will be Loughborough Dynamos away on Saturday August 25.