Category: Reserves

Lack Lustre Reserves Go Down At Home

by Peter Scherer

It was a poor all round performance from Mickleover Reserves, as they went down 0-2 to mid-table Cromford & Wirksworth at the Don Amott Arena last night.

Starting line-up: 1-Josh Maher 2-Zac Sandhu 3-Brandon Ferron 4-Jred Cholerton 5-Will Robinson 6-Harry Atwal 7-Josh Carter 8-Chris Palmer 9-Sam Tomlinson 10-Bobby Battisson 11-Josh Powell. Subs: Toby Smith, Dean Ironmonger, Sam Johnson, Mason Tudgay, Mason Hoult.

In a scrappy start it was the visitors first into the attack, earning a corner after two minutes. Only eight minutes later Maher had to race off his line too, when a visiting striker tried to chase down a loose ball.

Sports earned a free kick when Powell was hacked down in full flight on the left, but that came to nought. While a few minutes later Ferron put a cross in from the same wing, with Tomlinson just failing to connect.

Mickleover went close after 16 minutes when Palmer’s free kick was saved by the visitors keeper diving to his left, after Battisson had been fouled on the edge of the box.

From the following corner Battisson almost scored, but the keeper managed to tip the ball over for another corner.

For a while Mickleover looked to be taking control, as Battisson fired over the bar after a nice build up on the left, but as the half hour mark approached Cromford tested Maher too, but it was a relatively easy save.

Up front for Mickleover Tomlinson was virtually on his own, with most of the team crowding midfield. There was plenty of build up but no final result, but Battisson managed another shot after 32 minutes, following a Ferron cross, but that was blocked.

Cromford had a header just wide, but Mickleover were struggling trying to play the ball out from the back and were giving the ball away, handing more and more opportunities to the visitors to strike.

The inevitable came after 42 minutes, when more passes had gone awry and Robinson lost possession to striker Declan Jenkins. He was clear and unchallenged and placed it neatly beyond Maher’s right hand into the far corner 0-1.

Just before half time Cholerton went off injured, he was replaced by Smith and Sandhu moved into the middle of defence with Robinson.

Tudgay came on for Carter in the second half and only a few minutes in he was hacked down by a Cromford defender on the right wing. Last man, it should have been a straight red card, but the referee saw yellow.

The visitors had another good chance, but fired well off target after 55 minutes and then a 59th minute free kick was sent straight into Maher’s hands.

Battisson found Tomlinson on the hour, but his close range shot was wide and he was the replaced by Ironmonger.

Maher had to pull off another save after 67 minutes, from which Battisson made a positive break, but was brought down yet again.

Johnson came on for Palmer and into the final 15 minutes Battisson was on the receiving end of yet another foul, but Atwal’s free kick was over the bar.

Time was already running out when after 84 minutes, Maher made a poor clearance, the defence couldn’t gain control and Jenkins fired his and Cromford’s second goal, 0-2.

Only a minute later the defence gave it away again, but this time Maher was the saviour, but we were still waiting for Mickleover to have a shot on target from open play.

Into time added on Tudgay almost got around the back of the defence from a free kick, and in the final minute Ferron cracked in a superb shot, saved again by the keeper as it remained 0-2.


Carter Hat-trick, But It’s Just A Point For Reserves

by Peter Scherer

An impressive first half from Mickleover Reserves, saw them take an early lead. But despite a Josh Carter hattrick, Mansfield Hosiery fought back to secure a late point.

Starting line-up: 1-Josh Bulll 2-Toby Smith 3-Zac Sandhu 4-Jared Cholerton 5-Pablo Mills 6-Will Trueman 7-Josh Carter 8-Ryan Wilson 9-Will Robinson 10-Mason Tudgay 11-Josh Powell, Subs: Dean Ironmonger, Sam Johnson, Silas Donker, Harry Atwal.

There was a free kick for Mickleover almost from the kick off, when Trueman was brought down. Only two minutes later Mills had the first shot and although the keeper failed to hold it after his initial save, there was no one following up as it went out for corner.

The visitors had their first shot after four minutes, well wide of Bull’s left-hand upright, but three minutes later a cross from the right, was well met by a Mansfield striker, but his header was straight in Bull’s hands.

Smith’s first surge down the right wing, left him clear for the cross. But there was too much pace on the ball as it went for a throw in on the far side, as Mills waited in the middle.

It was another Smith run that took him close after 11 minutes. As he cut in from the right, his shot was just over the bar.

As the defence struggled to contain Smith on the right, he fired in another cross, met by Tudgay, but the shot was saved but not held again, but no one ready to try for a rebound.

15 minutes in and there was chaos in the Mansfield defence though, again following a Smith cross. The keeper called for the ball but missed it, but fortunately for him so did everyone else as it rolled clear.

Powell and Tudgay combined for a nice move on the left a few minutes later, until the defence intercepted. But with Trueman and Wilson controlling midfield, Carter and Tudgay had time to roam, ably supported by Mills and Powell.

Mills should have opened the scoring after 19 minutes, from yet another Smith cross. He took his time to place his shot, but it was wide of the mark and remained 0-0.

Shortly afterwards Mills fired a free kick over the bar, as the rain began to fall again.

But Mansfield had two chances inside two minutes. The first fell nicely for the striker, but he failed to trouble Bull and the follow up was a shot just wide of the right-hand post.

Both sides had chances, but were unable to convert. A nice one-two between Smith and Tudgay almost set up Trueman after 25 minutes, but the keeper raced off his line to intercept.

Bull had to make another save with his feet on the half hour and just a minute later, he made a diving save low to his right.

Mills hit the post after 33 minutes, but four minutes later the deadlock was finally broken. Smith again caused the problem, sending in a nicely weighted cross for Carter to slot into the far corner, 1-0.

Sandhu hadn’t had the same effectiveness on the left wing attacks as Smith had on the right, but with seven minutes left in the first half, he had a long run, head down and looking for goal until his path was blocked on the edge of the box.

As the whistle blew it was still 1-0, but maybe a fair score after Mickleover had dominated possession, would have been 3-1.

Carter made it 2-0 in Mickleover’s favour after 53 minutes, but Mansfield continued to push forward. They earned a free kick, but it was well over the bar, and still mainly Sports possession wise.

Wilson put Tudgay through on the hour, but he shot wide. 63 minutes in though and Sandhu lost out on the left. As the striker began to cut inside he shot wide to Bull’s left into the far corner to make it 2-1.

Tudgay could have restored the two goal lead but miskicked in front of goal and following a Mansfield corner after 65 minutes, the visitors came back again and chipped Bull to make it 2-2.

Atwal and Johnson then came on for Trueman and Wilson, before Carter completed his hattrick to make it 3-2 to Mickleover.

Mills just missed out on a fourth for Mickleover from a Carter pass, but with nine minutes left, the defence seemed to freeze and Mansfield made it 3-3.

Mills hit the post again after 86 minutes and Powell had a shot straight at the keeper. But almost on the full time whistle Bull went off injured and Donker came on, with Cholerton going in goal. He had one free kick to face before the whistle blew, but it was more two points lost than a point gained on the night.


Early Goal Seals Point For Reserves

by Peter Scherer

A strong first half performance and early goal from Zac Sandhu made sure Mickleover Reserves secured a point at home to Bakewell Town on Tuesday.

Starting line-up: 1-Josh Bull 2-Mason Hoult 18-Zac Sandhu 4-Jared Cholerton 5-Will Robinson 6-Toby Smith 7-Sam Tomlinson 8-Chris Palmer 9-Fin Ryder 12-Bobby Battison 11-Mason Tudgay. Subs: Josh Powell, Josh Carter.

The fast-starting Mickleover soon had Bakewell on the back foot and after just six minutes a Sandhu overlap on the left found Ryder in the middle, and his point blank flick was well saved by the visitors keeper.

But three minutes later there was an attack on the other wing, with Sandhu on the receiving end to make it 1-0.

Mickleover continued to make the pace with Tomlinson firing in a shot from a Smith pass, only to find his effort blocked.

Hoult put a cross in from the right after 19 minutes, which was just over the bar as the keeper scrambled to cover it, then Tomlinson went on a another run until he was fouled.

The attacks were coming thick and fast with Tomlinson’s eye for goal, proving both positive and frustrating, as his efforts were blocked.

Battison, Palmer and Smith were controlling midfield, and feeding Tomlinson, Ryder and Tudgay, while both Hoult and Sandhu joined in the attacks on the wings.

The hopes of a second goal continued to elude them, but almost on the half time whistle Ryder put a shot just wide after another goal mouth scramble.

But there was one more chance in time added on, when Tomlinson crossed from left and Battison hit it on the volley. But the keeper saved well again and it remained 1-0.

Bakewell started the second half with more pace and more aggression and had an early attempt on goal blocked. Robinson and Cholerton had covered everything the visitors threw at them with ease in the first half, with Bull in the Mickleover barely tested. 

The Bakewell keeper made a save after 48 minutes from a Hoult cross, but no one came in for the rebound and a few minutes later Ryder came close from a Sandhu cross.

But as the hour mark approached another Bakewell attack broke through on the Mickleover left and James Gemmell fired it home for the equaliser 1-1.

The visitors continued to push forward and seemed to have the scent of victory, as Mickleover had periods pegged back in their own half.

Carter and Powell came on as subs, and after 76 minutes Battison tried another long shot, which bounced off the keepers chest, as Ryder just missed connecting with the rebound.

Palmer put a 77th minute free kick straight at the keeper after Battison was fouled on the edge of the box and in the final minute Cholerton and Ryder went close with their heads following a corner, leaving it at 1-1.


Tomlinson Hits Four As It’s Seven-Up For Reserves! 

by Peter Scherer

For various reasons it’s been a difficult campaign for Mickleover Reserves in the Central Midlands Alliance League, but with the visit of third in the table Melbourne Dynamo on Tuesday evening it all came good.

Starting line-up: 1-Josh Bull 2-Toby Smith 3-Zak Sandhu 4-Jared Cholerton 5-Will Robinson 6-Bobby Battisson 7-Mason Tudgay 8-Chris Palmer 9-Fin Ryder 11-Sam Tomlinson12-Marcus Tudgay. Subs: Louis Mas-Hall, Josh Carter, Liam Carter, Silas Donker.

On a very windy night it didn’t take long for Mickleover to show their intentions. Palmer put an early free kick just over the bar after Battisson was fouled just outside the box.

As Sports continued to push forward Mason Tudgay sent a long ball through the middle for Ryder to chase, but the tightening angle was just too much for his final shot.

But Ryder was straight back on the attack, forcing the keeper to make a low save to his left, before Robinson went on a long run out of defence, finding Marcus Tudgay, whose cross from the right was cleared.

Smith made a good run down the right 14 minutes in, but his cross was caught by the wind and failed to reach the strikers, but a minute later Melbourne had a break, but the wind caught that cross too and it went out of play.

Tomlinson burst through the visitors defence again after 16 minutes, he was blocked last minute but as the ball ran free to Ryder, the keeper charged off his line to intercept.

Barely was the ball back in open play and Smith picked it up on the right wing. This time his cross found Tomlinson with perfection and the young striker made no mistake as he slotted it past the keeper, 1-0.

Sports then had a corner which was headed clear, before Sandhu was fouled to give a free kick on the left.

The visitors were struggling to break out of their own half, but Bull had to block a 21st minute shot and the following rebound as they sought an equaliser.

Both Smith and Sandhu were pushing forward on the wings and the experience of Palmer and Battisson was showing in midfield, as Tudgay’s Senior and Junior, Ryder and Tomlinson played with freedom up front.

The keeper had to make a good save from Tomlinson again after 22 minutes, earning a succession of corners. Skipper Cholerton had come up for the corners and was still on hand to try his luck , but his shot was easily saved.

But the visiting defence was breached again when another Smith cross from the right found Tomlinson’s head and it was 2-0 after 26 minutes. Two minutes later and Ryder made it three, when he split the defence and slotted neatly past the advancing keeper 3-0.

Melbourne continued to try and find the breaks and forced Bull into another save on the half hour. But Robinson and Cholerton both looked comfortable in the middle of the Mickleover defence.

Tomlinson had another shot wide after 33 minutes, before Ryder had the defence in turmoil. He found Marcus Tudgay, but the following shot was blocked.

40 minutes though and it was goal number four and a hattrick for Tomlinson, as he side footed home in a crowded box, following a Palmer free-kick on the right, 4-0.

Marcus Tudgay came off with a couple of minutes left in the first half to be replaced by Carter, but it was a dominant Mickleover performance that took us to half-time.

As the second half got underway, Melbourne initially came out fighting. They earned a free kick after 49 minutes, but placed it straight into Bull’s hands. But two minutes later they were considerably closer, firing a shot just over the bar.

From there it was all Mickleover and after 55 minutes it worsened for the visitors when their keeper went off injured, to be replaced by an outfield player. During his treatment Palmer had been waiting to take a free kick, and when play resumed his kick was met by Ryder, who fired in number five from close range, 5-0.

Both Tomlinson and Mason Tudgay tried to test the sub keeper, but were off target, until the 68th minute. After charging out of his goal to try and intercept, he missed and left Tomlinson with a virtually open goal to tap in number six, 6-0.

The rest of the subs came on for the last 15 minutes and the sub keeper managed a couple of blocks from Carter and Tomlinson, before Cholerton shot over the bar as full time approached.

But Carter made it seven without reply in time added on, to completing a totally dominant victory.  

Powell Hat-trick As Reserves Hit Five!

by Peter Scherer

It’s been a tough season for Mickleover Reserves so far, with a number of the Academy players having joined the first team squad.

The team were boosted however by the addition of former Rams and Forest striker Marcus Tudgay, playing up front with his son Mason, as we faced Wirksworth Ivanhoe.

Starting line-up: 1-Josh Maher 2-Mason Hoult 3-Liam Carter 4-Harry Atwal 5-Jared Cholerton 6-Zak Sandhu 7-Josh Carter 8-Toby Smith 9-Marcus Tudgay  12-Josh Powell 11-Mason Tudgay. Subs: Luis Mas-Hall, Dayo Llio, Jessie Otoo, Ellis King, Josh Bull.

It was cold but dry and for the first 10 minutes it was very even, with the visitors earning the first corner after nine minutes.

Only a minute later Powell brought the ball through on the left into a crowded box, where Tudgay Senior got the touch and buried in the bottom right-hand corner, 1-0.

Wirksworth didn’t have a shot on goal until the 14th minute, but it was an easy catch for Maher in the Mickleover goal, before Liam Carter dispossessed a defender, layed it back for Marcus Tudgay, whose shot was just wide of the left-hand post.

It was Marcus again firing in another shot just past the left-hand post after 19 minutes from a Powell cross that kept the pressure on the visitors, before Powell went close himself following a run from Smith.

Mason Tudgay was next to try his luck, running in from the right after 27 minutes, he let fly after splitting the defence, only to hit the bar, before Powell collected the rebound and shot just wide.

Liam Carter had a run down the left, but his cross was headed away and found his way blocked with a similar attack a few minutes later.

Wirksworth tested Maher 39 minutes in, but it was a fairly routine stop from Sports keeper, before Liam Carter and Powell had a nice one two with a couple of minutes left in the second half, before Marcus T’s follow up shot was blocked, as it remained 1-0.

It was the visitors that came out fighting initially as the second half got under way, but a 46th minute shot was straight at Maher.

The pressure was repelled and barely five minutes later Mickleover were threatening again. Powell shot from the left and was just wide, but after 50 minutes he tried again and this time made it 2-0.

Wirksworth had a corner and Maher tipped another shot over the bar after 55 minutes. But two minutes later he was beaten, when the visitors made it 2-1 from close range.

For a few minutes the pressure was back on for Sports youngsters, with the visitors earning three consecutive corners, before the danger was cleared.

The Wirksworth tackling had become rather more aggressive as they tried to fight their way out of their own half and seek and equaliser, but 70 minutes in and a nice lay-off from Marcus Tudgay, set Powell up for goal number three and his second, 3-1.

Mas-Hall came on for Mason Tudgay for the last 10 minutes, but it was almost four for Mickleover, when Powell’s shot was blocked after a cross from the right.

The keeper then whipped the ball from Marcus Tudgay’s head, before Liam Carter had a shot cleared off the line. Smith then saw a shot whistle past the post, before Carter made way for Llio for the final five minutes.

In the 90th minute Mas-Hall made it four, straight from a corner and only a minute later Powell completed his hattrick to make the final score 5-1.

It’s Seven Up In Reserves Cup Tie

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves faced Newark based RHP Sports in the Abacus Lighting Floodlit Cup and came away 7-2 victors after a Sam Tomlinson hattrick.

Starting line-up: 1-Josh Bull 2-Silas Donker 3-Brandon Ferron 4-Toby Smith 5-Jared Cholerton 6-Zak Sandhu 7-Mason Tudgay 8-Louis Pennington 9-Fin Ryder 11-Josh Powell 12-Sam Tomlinson, Subs: Will Trueman, Sam Johnson, Hamza Konane, Joe Sellors, Josh Maher.

It was unusual start to the game to say the least, being 1-1 after just three minutes. Firstly the visiting keeper was caught well off his line and left Tomlinson with a chip into the empty net, 1-0. But barely had we kicked off again and Donker lost out down the right and as the ball came in the defence froze and it was 1-1 with Bull rooted for the close range shot.

Mickleover continued to play the short pass and push forward game, which won a fifth minute corner, before Tomlinson had another shot just wide after nine minutes.

A minute later Sports had a free kick, which was put just wide by Pennington, but a nice long ball from Sandhu set Tomlinson on another run 16 minutes in, but it was just a little too long.

But there was another shock in store for the Mickleover youngsters, when another play down the right saw Donker outpaced, and with Cholerton wrong footed too, it was an easy strike to make it 1-2.

Possession wise Mickleover had the edge and as Sandhu continued to play some telling long balls out of defence, Powell and Tudgay worked hard crossfield, with Pennington and Smith supporting.

Ryder was almost through again after 23 minutes but was blocked before he could shoot, but two minutes later we were back on even terms as Powell latched onto a break and chipped the keeper once again, 2-2.

Another four minutes, another goal. Tudgay had worked hard to keep possession on the right and got his cross in to find Ferron totally unmarked, and with time and precision it was 3-2.

Both Ryder and Tomlinson were causing havoc for the visitors defence, who began to argue among themselves, aiding by a voiciferous manager from the touchline.

On the half hour Ryder had jinked his way to within a couple of feet of the goal line before he was blocked and then Tomlinson cut in from the left but shot just over.

Another Ryder run found Pennington in the middle, but his curling shot after 35 minutes had the keeper beaten, before it bounced off the left-hand post.

Smith then tried his luck with a strong run until the ball got away from him, but it was all Mickleover for the final 10 minutes of the first half.

Ryder found Tomlinson in the middle, but a miskick saw the ball run out, but Tomlinson then had more shots, with one straight at the keeper and a second over the bar.

Two minutes left on the clock but there was time for two more goals, A lovely ball from Ryder on the right set up Tomlinson for number four and then Smith charged through the defence to set up a Tomlinson hattrick.

Having already scored three, Tomlinson almost got his fourth, but a late rally from the visiting defence kept it at 5-2 as the half time whistle blew.

As the teams came out for the second half, Trueman was on for Donker, his first game back after his pre-season foot injury.

It wasn’t long before there was another goal though, as Ferron outpaced the defence on the left. His shot was saved, but both Powell and Tudgay were poised to collect the rebound, with Powell hitting his second, 6-2 after 49 minutes.

There were a couple of breaks from RHP but fairly easily coped with by Cholerton and Sandhu, but after 53 minutes Powell was crudely challenged and was replaced by Konane.

Pennington’s following free kick was saved, but Tomlinson went close again two minutes later, running onto a long ball, it was intercepted again at the last minute.

RHP had another chance after 57 minutes, it almost had Bull beaten, but he took control at the second attempt. A minute later they had another shot but well wide of the target.

Ferron’s pace on the left and Tudgay through the middle took advantage of the visitors flagging defence, and Tudgay had another shot on the hour, saved by the keeper.

64 minutes and sub Konane had the ball, saw the keeper off his line yet again and it was 7-2. He was nearly in for his second too only three minutes later, but the outrushing keeper just beat him to the ball.

Just after Bull had made another save from a random shot, the RHP keeper was lucky to stay on the pitch. He raced out of goal to the right wing and flattened the Mickleover striker, he then turned on the same player and became abusive to both player and referee, receiving a yellow card.

There was almost an eighth goal after 80 minutes, but the keeper managed to save it, before Sports made a double substitution, with Sellors and Johnson on for Tomlinson and Tudgay.

Ferron went close again after 83 minutes and Smith was unlucky when his 85th minute effort was touched onto the bar by the keeper.

There were so many late chances for another late goal, but it remained 7-2 and we now look forward to the next round.

Teversal (H): Match Report

by Dave Mackenzie

On a great day for football, no wind and a little rain to add some zip to the pace of the ball the reserves welcomed a resurgent Teversal to the Don Amott.

Starting 11: Maher, Hoult, Smith, Chollerton, Sellors, Atwall, Pennington, Liam Carter, Powell, Mas-Hall and Tudgay. After 2 unexpected defeats and 4 players away with the first team changes were made and we welcomed back Louis Pennington in midfield.

A brisk start was asked for and that is what was served up with Pennington and Atwall pulling the strings with Smith and Chollerton solid at the back the reserves took early control of the game. This allowed foraging runs by Hoult on the right and penetrating dribbles from Powell on the left as they started to find their range with a rasping shot from Powell only 10 foot over.

The first goal was not long in coming with good link up play from Atwall and Hoult that set Carter free. He showed great composure outpacing the defender and drawing the keeper out before rolling the ball into the net – a very good goal.

Like any good team when you get the first that is just that – you go for a second and it came from a delightful strike from young (they all are) Mason Tudgay whose shot went high across the keeper from about 18 yards at the corner of the box.

Teversal were also playing their part but they were confined to some long range shots which Maher handled well.

A third was on the cards and again it came from Liam Carter again showing great composure and that you don’t need to burst the net. He placed his shot carefully out of the reach of the keeper and 3-0 it was.

After a delay for an injured Teversal player they actually had a couple of good chances to get one back but lady luck was on our side for a change.

The message was “more of the same please” however Teversal came out the blocks with all guns blazing and the pressure that was applied just before the intermission was applied again. The aforementioned lady (Luck) was still on our side as the Teversal #9 (I think squandered a virtual tap in by blasting the ball hide wide and ugly.

The game settled down for a bit but Teversal continued to press and the pressure paid off with a couple of goals after some slack play they got one back and then a second.Atwall brought a great save out from a free kick which would have sealed the 3 points and the introduction of Donker up front gave us a bit more physicality.

Although there was some squeaky bum time the defence marshalled by Smith and Cholerton aided by Hoult and Sellors held firm to see out the game.

First Away Win Of The Season

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves secured their first away points of the season, with victory a 3-1 win at Linby Colliery last Saturday.

Starting line-up: Josh Maher, Mason Hoult, Brandon Ferron, Harry Atwal, Jared Cholerton, Zach Sandu, Josh Powell, Bobby Battisson, Kai Moore, Sam Tomlinson, Fin Ryder. Subs: Josh Bull, Joe Sellors, Toby Smith, Mason Tudgay.

Having gone 0-1 down after just three minutes, when Ibrahim scored from the penalty spot, Mickleover came fighting back to equalise through Moore after just nine minutes later.

It was still 1-1 as the half time whistle blew, but the Mickleover youthful enthusiasm and skills came to the fore as the second half got underway.

Although the home side tested the Mickleover defence, wasted chances proved decisive, as second half strikes from sub Tudgay and Tomlinson, secured al three points for Sports youngsters, who are away again next Saturday at AFC Normanton.

Valuable Point For Sports Reserves

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves faced South Normanton Athletic last Friday and once again there were plenty of goals.

Starting line-up: Jim Polard, Mason Hoult, Jared Cholerton, Brandon Ferron, Joe Bateman, Bobby Battisson, George Atwal, Fin Ryder, Kai Moore, Josh Powell. Subs: Toby Smith, Sam Tomlinson.

Mickleover had gone one up after Moore scored on his comeback, but the visitors were back on equal terms when Parfitt found the net. 1-1.

But Sports push paid dividends when Moore hit his second to send them in at half time 2-1 up.

Parfitt had got his second too 2-2, but after Tomlinson came on as a second half sub, he gave Mickleover the lead again and three points seemed to be edging nearer 3-2.

But McTighe got in on the act too, so his late equaliser sent South Normanton home with a late point secured at 3-3.

Mickleover are now 10th in the table and now face a trip to Melbourne Dynamo on Saturday.

Injury Time Winner Secures Three Points

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves were at home again for their second league match in four days, as they faced Arnold Town.

Starting line-up: Josh Maher, Toby Smith, Brandon Ferron, Harry Atwal, Jared Cholerton, Zak Sandhu, Dean Ironmonger, George Atwal, Fin Ryder, Bobby Battisson, Josh Powell. Subs: Mason Hoult, Mason Tudgay, Silas Donker, Will Coffen, Luis Mas-Hall, Jayden Cozens.

It started badly for Sports youngsters, when the defence seemed to freeze as the visitors striker found a gap in the middle and made it 0-1.

Following a corner four minutes later, there was little resistance again in the box, and it was 0-2 to Arnold.

Mickleover looked somewhat shell shocked and it took a while for them to get into the game, with Smith losing possession on the right, Cholerton managed to intercept an Arnold break.

Sports first real attempt came after 13 minutes when Ferron made a run down the left, finding Harry Atwal, whose shot was blocked.

As confidence began to be restored a 15th minute corner fell to Ironmonger, but he couldn’t get control and it then fell to Cholerton. He couldn’t get a shot in either, but third time lucky Ryder had his attempt blocked.

Powell had a shot saved two minutes later after a jinking Battisson run and with Mickleover pressing hard, Powell cut inside again from the left, his shot was saved as was his rebound, earning another corner.

The Arnold defence was being kept in retreat and after 19 minutes Mickleover got their reward, when Ferron cut inside and ran through the middle to outpace the defence, making it 1-2.

The momentum was all Mickleover at this point, as Battisson again tore through the middle, cut inside to set up Powell, but the 21st minute shot was wide of the right-hand post.

Three minutes later a George Atwal free kick was just outside the right-hand post too, before another Ferron run saw him lose possession in the box, as he was about to shoot. The following corner then fell to Ryder and his shot was just over the bar too.

Some nice interplay between Ferron and Powell ended with a lob into the visiting keeper’s hands, but Powell should have tucked away a 29th minute chance, after a lovely ball from Smith on the right, but it was wide again.

Arnold managed a random shot wide of the target just after the half hour, but the game took another twist after 34 minutes as the ball arrived in the middle of the box. The home defence failed to react to the danger and it was 1-3.

Despite being two goals down, Mickleover continued to have the run of play. Battisson found Powell, but he couldn’t get a shot in, leaving Harry Atwal to follow up but just wide. Battisson then had his own effort saved after 38 minutes, before Ryder fired over.

George Atwal had another free kick but this one went straight to the keeper, before a fine solo run from Ryder saw his shot slightly deflected before the keeper made his save.

With half time approaching Harry Atwal just missed connecting with a cross from the right, before Battisson tested the keeper again. Finally a crossfield ball from Smith found Ferron in space, he had the defence beaten, but once again the keeper saved the day.

So it was 1-3 half time in a game that maybe should have been 4-3, but there was more drama to come.

Three minutes into the second half and it was 2-3, when the ball fell nicely for Harry Atwal in the box, beating the keeper close in.

But Arnold were still trying to push forward and tried an ambitious lob four minutes later, to no avail.

Powell then battled through to find Harry Atwal again, who picked out brother George in space, but the deflected shot was just wide.

Battisson’s 51st minute attempt was just wide too, but earned a corner and then Powell had a good try saved by the impressive keeper.

The Arnold defence were taking a battering as fitness levels began to show, Mickleover were doing everything but score, but in 66th minute Ryder met Ferron’s cross and it was 3-3.

Five minutes later there was a hold up as the referee went off injured, as Mickleover sub Cozens took over on the line.

Maher had to come to the home defence rescue after 73 minutes, diving at a strikers feet, but Mickleover were now going for the win.

Battisson was brutally fouled, but George Atwal’s free kick was too high and then Ferron pulled back a nice cross from the byline, but no one was on the receiving end.

79 minutes and Tudgay came on for Powell, but there were shouts for a penalty after 86 minutes, when Ryder appeared to be held on the ground by a defender. There was no penalty, but he was down long enough to secure a pin fall.

With two minutes of normal time left Harry Atwal’s effort bounced off the top of the bar from another Ferron cross, before an Atwal Tudgay one-two saw the keeper smother a good effort from Tudgay.

It was into injury time with the whistle almost poised, Battisson fed Ryder. Heading straight at the keeper, his shot bounced off the advancing stopper.

But in a final scramble in the box Battisson and the Arnold keeper were in close proximity.  So close the shot bounced off the keeper and hit Battisson again, rebounding into the net 4-3 in a dramatic finale.