St Joseph’s booked their place in the next round of the Worksop Sunday League Challenge Cup with a hard fought 4-2 win at Shireoaks Sports.
Playing on a pitch described as a ‘cow field’ by St Joseph’s defender Jack Munn, the visitors took an early lead with Tom Richardson found the net.
The lead was doubled shortly after when Curt Smith put into his own net.
Some slack defending cost the home side, who went 4-0 down after goals from Steve Scott and Matt Smith.
But Shireoaks captain Nathan Clayton showed the desired spirit by heading home to make it 4-1 at the break.
Sports manager Andrew Redfern rallied his troops at the interval, and this paid dividends with a much improved Shireoaks performance in the second half.
Munn struggled to cope with the skill of Leigh Warriner, with visiting keeper Matthew Gray making two fine saves to keep his side’s lead.
Warriner did find the net late on to make it 4-2 but ultimately poor defending cost the hosts the chance to pull off a giant killing result.
Division Three leaders Woodsetts Welfare produced the shock of the round by winning 3-1 at cup favourites and Division One high flyers Stanley Street Galacticos.
The Galacticos, who were beaten by lower league opposition at this stage last year, now have a must win Sunday in the Benevolent Cup against MantonClub JFC, as defeat will leave them with only the Division One title to play for.
Cup holders Worksop Borough were knocked out by Manton Club JFC, despite an heroic display by substitute keeper Dean Bonser.
A Tom Mullen hat-trick ensured JFC were in the hat for the next round.
Three Lions overcame a close encounter against a much improved Lokomotiv Millhouse team.
Last year’s beaten finalists Langold Old Boys and Kilton Rovers both made the next round with extra-time victories over Langold Lakeside and Yates United respectively, while Division Two favourites Langold FC also progressed with victory at Harworth Pavilion.