Grice nets five in Leek FA Trophy rout, Pond stars in Scholars shootout win

All four Staffordshire sides progress

Chasetown shoout out FA Trophy win, Leek thrash

Photo credit: Dave Birt

Tim Grice scored an incredible five goals as Leek Town thumped Market Drayton Town 7-0 in the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round.

The attacker has now scored seven times in four Leek matches.

Jack Wakefield also got on the scoresheet for the visitors with an own goal completing the rout.

Meanwhile, Curtis Pond starred as Chasetown claimed a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Halesowen Town.

The Scholars goalkeeper made a number of superb saves to keep the hosts in the cup during a goalless 90 minutes.

Pond stepped up to tuck away a penalty in the shoot-out directly after saving a spot kick.

Jack Langston struck the winning kick to send the Scholars through to the next round.


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Newcastle and Kidsgrove join Leek and Chasetown in next round

Newcastle Town came from 2-1 down to defeat Coleshill Town 3-2.

An Ethan Vale free-kick and a Jack Van der Laan winner saw them turn the tie on its head in the second half.

Challis Johnson had equalised in the 33rd-minute before Coleshill retook the lead eight minutes later.

Finally, Kidgsrove Athletic completed a set of FA Trophy wins for Staffordshire with a 4-1 victory over Evesham United.

All-time top goalscorer Anthony Malbon opened the scoring for the hosts after six minutes prior to Evesham’s equaliser on 22 minutes.

But new signing John Johnston scored shortly after the break to re-establish Grove’s lead before a double from Kieran Brown sealed their place in the next round.

The Third Qualifying Round will take place on 30 October.

Kidsgrove were the Staffordshire team that progressed the furthest in the competition last year, bowing out in the First Round proper.

Winners of Second Qualifying Round ties receive ÂŁ1,875 for their efforts.

Two-time FA Trophy winners Stafford Rangers (1972 and 1979) start their journey in the Third Qualifying Round.

The same applies for Hednesford Town and Tamworth.

Teams who reach the final on May 22 will receive at least ÂŁ30,000, with the winners taking home a tasty ÂŁ60,000.

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