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Nomads 4 Windle Labour 2

J A Walton Challenge Cup 2nd Round

Nomads Reserves are through to the Quarter Finals after beating Windle Labour in an action packed game on Saturday.

The home side started brightly and their quick start saw them take a 2-0 lead. A brilliant finish from Reece Skelton put them ahead as Windle failed to clear from a corner.

Minutes later a brilliant solo run from captain Charlie Hill cut straight through the Windle defence and his clever cross found Sam Lynch all alone to tap home.

The first half was littered with fouls as the visitors has a clear game plan to disrupt Nomads game. They defended well and Nomads failed to capitalise on their dominance going in at half time 2-0 up.

In 52 minutes Windle were handed a lifeline, after losing possession and failing to stop the counter a harmless ball caused panic with Sam Kewley turning the ball past the unfortunate Adam Rigby.

This seemed to give the visitors a boost in confidence and have the adverse impact on Nomads who suddenly looked nervous. Hill and Macklin were both forced off with injuries but Tinsley and Deering both settled in quickly and despite Windle having more of the ball they failed to really test Rigby.

With time running out a long throw undid the Nomads defence, a scramble followed and was turned home from close range to bring the scores level on the 90 minute mark and penalties seemed inevitable.

However, the spirit of the young Nomads team shone through. Straight from the kick off Tinsley and Stevenson combined to feed Ujahchuku who was bundled over. Sam Deering took charge of the free kick and delivered a world-class cross for Sam Kewley to head home and restore the home sides lead.

There was still time for more drama. With Nomads trying to keep the ball in the corner. Windle Labour’s Andrew Jevons was shown a red card and the game threathened to get out of control.

The final word, quite rightly, belonged to Nomads. A brilliant assist by Joel Riley but Deering in the clear, he beat the keeper and then kept his head to smash the ball home and send Nomads through.

FT: Nomads 4 Windle Labour 2

After the game Assistant Manager Jon Hudson was full of praise for the sides performance. “We deserved to win the game, we outplayed them and we showed the spirit and determination that makes this such a special group. When they equalised they could have easily stopped but they showed that quality will always come through. Windle are a hard team to play against and they have some good footballers and they deserve credit for their second half comeback.”

Nomads face another battle in the Quarter Finals after drawing Whalley Range, away in the next round.