Wiltshire wizardry sees Shireoaks shock Borough

The Vine FC (yellow) taking on Manton Club JFC

The Vine FC (yellow) taking on Manton Club JFC

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Worksop Division Two side Shireoaks Sports pulled off a remarkable comeback to reach the Benevolent Cup semi-finals, knocking out holders Worksop Borough in the process.

Division One champions Borough started impressively, while their visitors were slow out of the blocks.

Match between Shireoaks Sports  V  St Joseph's, at Shireoaks Welfare club'Team Photo of Shireoaks Sports  plus action.''NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, Team photo of Shireoaks Sports'Front L/R; Sam Wood, James Smith, Nathan Clayton, Lee Warriner,'Lester Moloney, Ben taylor.'Back L/R; Ben Tickner, Steve Roberts, Alin Civciu, Daryl Masefield,'Luke Allison, Curt Smith, Sam Shepherd, Andy Redfern (manager). (1)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, Action- Shireoaks V St Joseph's (2)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, St Joseph goal (3 & 4)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, Action, Shireoaks V St Joseph's (5 to 7)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, St Joseph goal (8)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, Action Shireoaks V St Joseph's (9 to 13)

Match between Shireoaks Sports V St Joseph's, at Shireoaks Welfare club'Team Photo of Shireoaks Sports plus action.''NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, Team photo of Shireoaks Sports'Front L/R; Sam Wood, James Smith, Nathan Clayton, Lee Warriner,'Lester Moloney, Ben taylor.'Back L/R; Ben Tickner, Steve Roberts, Alin Civciu, Daryl Masefield,'Luke Allison, Curt Smith, Sam Shepherd, Andy Redfern (manager). (1)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, Action- Shireoaks V St Joseph's (2)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, St Joseph goal (3 & 4)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, Action, Shireoaks V St Joseph's (5 to 7)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, St Joseph goal (8)'NWGU 7-12-14 Shireoaks, Action Shireoaks V St Joseph's (9 to 13)

Craig Getliff pulled the strings in midfield as some well worked moves combined with some clinical finishing saw Boro go 3-0 up inside 20 minutes.

The game looked all but over until winger Ben Tickner’s scuffed long range effort found its way around Boro keeper Adam Valentie to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.

Shireoaks management Comperetto and Redfearn’s tactical change to a 4-5-1 formation saw skipper Nathan Clayton begin to get the better of Getliff, and Curtis Smith and Leigh Warriner fought hard in a feisty midfield battle.

Ex Boro striker Daniel Wiltshire proved to be the difference, and got the first of a match winning hat-trick for Shireoaks before the break, converting from the spot.

The Oaks began the second half on top and before long it was Wiltshire again who found the back of the net, rounding three Boro defenders and calmly slotting past a helpless Valentie.

The hosts struck back with a dubious penalty, converted by Jack Stevenson to make it 4-2.

The never say die attitude of the visitors saw a spell of pressure rewarded, substitute Luke Allison’s bullet header closing the deficit to one.

The tone was lowered towards the end of the 90 minutes as passion got the better of Oaks Stephen Comperretto and Boro’s assistant manager Peter Petttinger, in heated touchline exchanges .

Then the goal of the game came in first half extra-time as Wiltshire latched on to a Smith through ball and fired a ferocious effort into the corner of the net.

Boro pressed hard for an equaliser, hitting both posts in the second half of extra time, but heroic defending from Sam Shepard and Thomas James proved too much to break down, giving the underdogs a memorable victory and a place in the semi-final against Yates.

In a scrappy encounter Manton Club JFC made hard work in beating Langold Lakeside of Division Three, 7-3.

Goals came from Matthew Thompson, Mark Foster (2), Ado White, John Finger, Cowens and Kerry Watkinson, securing Manton Club JFC’s path into the Benevolent Cup semi -inal.