1:33pm Friday 1st November 2013
Hambleton Black Sheep Brewery League Challenge Cup 2nd round Sportsmans FC 4 Osmotherley FC 4 (aet) Sportsmans won 4-3 on penalties
DIVISION Two strugglers Osmotherley FC came within a whisker of causing one of the biggest upsets in League Challenge Cup history last Sunday as they took Division One highflyers Sportsmans all the way to penalties in an exciting match at County Hall.
Arriving with only two league wins to their credit all season, Ossie faced a Sportsmans side who had scored 26 goals in four league matches.
But against all the odds it was the underdogs who struck first after just ten minutes with a great finish from Phil Hindson and that set the tone for much of the first half Sportsmans did drag themselves level with a goal from ten yards by Andy Ramsbottom but instead of going on to grab the initiative as expected it was the visitors that took control before the break.
Hindson scored his second from the penalty spot after half an hour following a harsh handball given by referee Mark Ullyott against Dan Wright and the shock of the round looked on the cards when Gareth Davis made it 3-1 just before the break after a through ball by Lee Holtby.
But Sportsmans came out for the second half looking far more like the side that had lost only once in the league all season and they scored twice in two minutes midway through the second half to draw level.
Aaron Ramsbottom grabbed the first in the 58th minute before Scott McNichol made it 3-3 with more than half an hour still to play.
There only looked like being one winner now but Ossie astonishingly struck again to go back in front just six minutes later. When the Sporties defence failed to clear a corner from Wayne Allen the ball dropped to Martyn Pugh who made no mistake from close range.
Had they managed to keep the lead for a little longer the Division Two side might well have hung on, but as it was Stuart Dunn fired the Sporties level in the very next attack and despite plenty of late pressure from the hosts that was the way it finished.
Extra time saw the Sporties gain the upper hand but the visitors defended for all they were worth and after 120 minutes of frantic cup football the tie had to be decided by a penalty shootout.
However, that was where the fairytale ended. Andy Ramsbottom, Sam Grainger, Shaun Lambert and Liam Hall all scored for Sporties and that was enough to send them through as Allen and Holtby both fired wide for Ossie. So the shock had been avoided, although it had been a close run thing.
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