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Highworth and Glossop secure FA Vase Semi-Final spots

Saturday 07 Mar 2015
Glossop NE and Highworth Town are through to The FA Vase Semi-Finals

Highworth Town and Glossop North End are through to the Semi-Finals of The FA Vase, the latter after winning their Sixth Round replay in extra time against Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

Replays were needed for both games, with Highworth of the Hellenic Premier Division having to travel to Tadcaster Albion after drawing 1-1 in Wiltshire last Saturday. 

A club record crowd of over 1400 crammed into Tadcaster's i2i Stadium to watch another tight affair in Yorkshire, and the home side had a great chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time. 

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But Highworth keeper Gary Stevens saved Callum Ward's spot-kick to give a lifeline to the outsiders, who have not been training since their unlikely cup run began in October.

The miss was to prove costly for Tadcaster as Callum Parsons then struck the only goal of the game in 73rd minute, running on to a long ball forward to smash it into the top corner of goal and send Highworth through to a two-legged Semi-Final against North Shields. It is the first time the Swindon-based club have got this far.

Glossop, by contrast, were runners up in 2009 and are back in the Semi-Finals after another dramatic game at their Surrey Street ground. Having drawn 2-2 last week, the sides could not be separated at the end of 90 minutes, with the scores 1-1 after Sam Hind scored a dramatic late equaliser for the home side.

Northern Counties East League side Shaw Lane had taken the lead in the 78th minute through Joe Thornton, but Hind equalised for the Hillmen with only three minutes of normal time to take the game into extra time.

Joe Carey then struck twice in nine minutes to send Glossop through to a Semi-Final against AFC St Austell from Cornwall, to the delight of another bumper crowd of 1010.

The Semi-Finals will take place on March 21 and 28, with Highworth at home to North Shields and Glossop travelling to St Austell in the first legs.

By FA Staff