MATCH REPORT: Norton United 2 Ellesmere Rangers 1 (AET)

Norton United are through to the next round after an extra time winner saw off Ellesmere Rangers.

The home side appeared to be in control after Tom Winkle gave them half time lead, but the Midlands Alliance outfit struck back late on to force extra time before Dan Brown struck.

Norton took a deserved lead on 17 minutes as Richard Smith’s corner from the left was headed home via the underside of the bar by Winkle at the back post.

Ellesmere almost drew level 10 minutes later but United keeper Lloyd Parry was equal to Dale Williams strike.

The visitors threatened again early in the second half, as Parry blocked Dan Griffiths close range strike with his feet.

Rangers drew level with nine minutes remaining as substitute Onwar Olugbon fired home from long range.

The goal appeared to shock Norton into life, and but for two fine saves by Andy Spooner from Winkle in the dying stages they would have won it in normal time.

Norton took just two minutes of extra time to re-establish their lead, as Lee Talbot’s cross from the left was headed into the corner of the net by Brown.

They were reduced to ten men in the closing stages as Talbot appeared to head butt Craig Farr and was shown a straight red card.

The victory makes it 10 wins in a row for United at home, who advance to the third round of the FA Vase for the first time.

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