MATCH REPORT: Norton United 1 Peterborough North Star 2

Peterborough North Star advanced to the fifth round of the FA Vase, after a late strike saw them overcome Norton United.

In the windswept conditions it was Norton who took the lead through Richard Smith, before Jonny Stead equalised just past the hour mark. With the game seemingly heading towards extra time, Avelino Vierra let fly from distance, and cruel deflection wrong footed Norton keeper Lloyd Parry.

Norton thought they had taken the lead on 13 minutes, as Tom Winkle’s long throw from the right was flicked on by John Beaumont and sidefooted against the bar by Wayne Brotherton. The home side appealed in vain that the ball had crossed the line, but their appeals were waved away.

They did take the lead just after the half hour mark, as Delroy Fox’s freekick from the right was flicked into the net by the head of Smith.

The visitors improved on the restart, and levelled on 62 minutes as Adriano Staffieri’s cross from the left was met by Matt Cook, who squared for Stead to side foot home from close range.

Paul Rutter almost restored Norton’s lead with six minutes left, but he prodded wide after keeper Luke McShane had dropped the ball.

North Star won it with three minutes left as Vierra fired in a low shot from distance, which took a deflection off Mark Fitton and went under the body of Parry.

They could have wrapped it up with a third late on, but Stead’s shot was well saved by Parry.

 

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