Rossington and Maltby both progress in FA Vase

Lee Holmes was on target again for Rossington.
Lee Holmes was on target again for Rossington.

Rossington Main and Maltby Main both progressed in the FA Vase.

Rossington put out higher league opponents, beating NCEL Premier Division side Pontefract Collieries 4-2 at Oxford Street.

Maltby continued their excellent run of form by winning 3-0 at North West Counties Premier Division side AFC Blackpool.

Pontefract made the early running against Rossington by taking a 13th minute lead when Aaron Moxam’s deflected effort beat Simon Dye after a scramble in the area.

However, Main were behind for just three minutes as Ben Hunter steered home a ball into the box.

Rossington felt hard done by not to have had a penalty when Jason Stokes was hauled down eight minutes before the break.

The disappointment though soon turned to joy in the 44th minute when, from a free-kick, player boss Lee Holmes ghosted in to slide the ball beyond the keeper for his fourth goal of the season.

Rossington had another strong shout for a penalty six minutes into the second half when Hunter was sent tumbling in the area but again their appeals fell on dear ears.

Dye then made a good save with his feet as Pontefract looked for an equaliser.

But Main took a firm grip on the tie when they went 3-1 up on 68 minutes, Hunter springing the offside trap to round the keeper for his second of the game.

The visitors went close to pulling one back with an effort that smacked against the Rossington bar.

However, there was no way back for Ponty when Main made it 4-1 in the 83rd minute with a neat lob from Stokes.

Pontefract did reduce the arrears late on through Liam Radford’s shot on the angle but it came too late to affect the outcome.

Maltby, meanwhile, have now won five in an undefeated run of six games that has seen the Muglet Lane outfit progress in both the FA Cup and now FA Vase.

Farbod Yousefi bagged his second of the campaign to give Maltby a seventh minute lead at AFC Blackpool.

The evergreen Brian Cusworth doubled the advantage just before the interval, with Dean Conway putting the gloss on a fine away performance with the third two minutes from time.

Maltby’s reward is a home tie against NCEL Division One Bottesford Town on Saturday October 3, while Rossington Main will travel to Northwich Manchester Villa of the NWC Division One.

Maltby are back in cup action once again this weekend when they take on Evo Stik Premier Division side Frickley Athletic in the FA Cup first qualifying round at Muglet Lane.

And given the form that Maltby are in at the moment, you wouldn’t back against them pulling off a cup upset.

Rossington are in league action when they take on fourth-placed and an in-form Bottesford Town at Oxford Street.