Last-gasp Clay Cross snatch an unlikely win

In-form Clay Cross Town retained second place in the Central Midlands League North Division with a dramatic 4-3 home win against third-placed Harworth Colliery.

Monday, 12th December 2016, 9:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:37 pm

Three goals in the final four minutes — including the winner, two minutes into added-on time — completed a remarkable recovery.

The Millers were presented with the October team-of-the-month award before the game but after 30 minutes it appeared their rewards would end there when goals by Matthew Bradley and Connor Paine gave the visitors a deserved lead.

The Millers started the second half the stronger and when Callum Lytham fired in, a revival looked on the cards.

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That hope seemed short lived when Matt Bradley’s individual run at the home defence was rewarded by a fine goal, slotted well past Charlie Clayton.

The visitors continued to control the game and in the late stages heavy rainfall saw many home supporters leave, expecting defeat.

However, Clay Cross pulled one back on 88 minutes when Dale Crowder hit a 30-yard drive past Steve Willerby. Two minutes later Crowder struck again with a header at the near post.

Two minutes into stoppage time Ant Lynam screwed his shot past Willerby to clinch victory.

Leaders FC Bolsover hit double figures again, their 10 at Dinnington leaving them just three shy of a century for the season. Jake Ballinger led the way with a hat-trick, Daniel Russell and Josh Parfitt got a pair, and Josh Thomas, Josh Aitken and an own goal completed the total.