Football round-up: Medbourne’s stirring cup recovery

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A STIRRING fightback saw Medbourne come from 2-0 down to seal a place in the fourth round of the county cup.

The villagers eventually saw off Earl Shilton Albion 3-2 after extra time.

Medbourne failed to put an significant pressure on the visitors’ goal in the first half and it was Albion who produced the better football.

On one of their attacks Jodie Ball denied them a certain goal with a brave tackle, but on the stroke of half-time the Earl Shilton persistence paid off with the opening goal.

A second goal followed for the visitors after the re-start, but that triggered a dramatic turnaround.

Kevin Fisher drilled home a penalty to put Medbourne right back in the game and Sam Freer struck the equaliser to send the game into extra time.

A second penalty – again coolly tucked away by Fisher – sealed his side’s place in the next round.

Medbourne entertain Kettering Orchard Park in the league this Saturday (ko 2pm).

Borough Alliance 4 AFC Rothwell 0

BOROUGH’S fine form continued with a dominant display against their local rivals.

Two goals from Baz Panter, a Tom Chapman rocket from 30 yards and A Marcus Keirle strike completed the rout for the Harborough side, who extended their lead to 12 points at the halfway point in the season.

Next up for Borough is cup action at home this Saturday at Symington’s (1.30pm).

Royal Oak 3 Royalist 1

ROYALIST suffered only their third defeat of the season, crashing out of the cup against opposition from their own division.

In probably their worst performance of the campaign so far, the team lacked the desire to win challenges and looked short of confidence.

The Harborough side took the lead against the run of play through the prolific Rob Barnett, but they were under the cosh for most of the tie and Oak hit some cracking goals to put the game to bed.

The opportunity to put things right this week comes in the form of a top-of-the-table clash with Inter Mivan, 5-1 winners over the Royals in the first game of the season (meet 9.15am at The Royalist).