Garforth 3 Holker Old Boys 1
Holker Cokey as Town edge through
A Lee Turner penalty, plus one from Luke Kitson and an own goal in three second-half minutes saw an unconvincing Miners through to the next round of the FA Vase against a spirited Holker.
It was a sluggish start for Rob Hunter's side and our visitors should've taken the lead in the very first minute after the ball was given away to Gareth Smith in midfield. The midfielder hesitated in testing Pete Lawrie however, allowing Ryan Donoghue to clear his eventual shot off the line. Town eventually started to carve out chances; Luke Kitson had a low effort saved by Stags goalkeeper Callum Liddicott on 26 mins and from the resulting corner captain James Beaston's backheader from Jack McMurrough's delivery flashed wide of the far post. On 31 mins a 25 yard effort from Lee Turner was turned wide by Liddicott after a ball over the top was headed down by Calum Ward. Just before the break however Lee was given an even better chance of opening the scoring after promising debutee Nathan Turner was tripped in the box by Bradley Hubbold. Referee Adam Brown pointed to the spot and up stepped our top scorer to despatch low into the corner and give us a half time lead. He almost made it two moments later after making a decent run inside, Liddicott turning another low shot wide.
Five minutes into the second half there was a great chance for McMurrough to get off the mark for the season when played in by Nathan Turner, but could only strike well wide. Ward was unfortunate not to make it 2-0 on 64 mins when Lee Turner did well to hold the ball up and deliver for him to tap into an empty net, but the striker was ruled offside. Some more excellent play ended in another good stop by Liddicott from Ward's low drive moments later. With twenty minutes left, the pressure finally paid off when Town profited from individual errors to book our place in the next round. On 68 mins Kitson's deep cross was completely misjudged by Liddicott who, thinking it going wide, watched it sail into the far corner. Two minutes later it was three when another dangerous ball in from the full-back was turned into his own net by defender James Bonner. There was almost a goal for new signing Jamie Reeson on his debut when Daniel Coupland's deflected cross put him through, but Liddicott stayed alert to claim. Lee Turner will have been disappointed not to make it four on 76 mins when he dragged a shot wide after being put clear by sub Mitch Hamilton.
Our visitors hadn't given up on the game and caught us on the break on 80 mins to reduce the arrears. A ball forward came to Nathan Reid who got the better of debutee Josh Dacre and scored with a lovely finish past Lawrie. There was a chance to pull another one back two mins later when another counter-attack ended in Lawrie saving from sub Brandon Collins.
Not the best of performances, but a deserved win overall which sees us into a second qualifying round tie at home to Nelson on Saturday 23rd September. This replaces our league match against Athersley Recreation, which is now tbc.
In the meantime, The Miners are next in action on Wednesday when we travel to Worksop Town (kick-off 7:45pm).