MATCH REPORT: Kidsgrove Athletic 4 Stoke City 0

Kidsgrove Athletic are through to the final of the Staffordshire Senior Cup for the second year in a row, after a 4-0 thumping of a youthful Stoke City side.

The deficit could have been far greater, but for the brilliance of Potters stopper Dale Eve who saved a first half penalty from Dave Walker as well as pulling off numerous eye catching stops.

They will meet Rushall Olympic in the final next month, aiming to retain the trophy.

Grove could have been ahead within two minutes, but Danny Griggs’ curling freekick came back off the cross bar.

Eve did well to stop Karl Charlton’s close range header soon after, as he met Griggs’ cross from the left.

Sam Hall rattled the bar again for Grove on 25 minutes with a stinging left foot drive from the edge of the box.

The home side were awarded a penalty on seven minutes later, as Andy Hall was adjudged to have handled Walker’s cross from the right. The forward stepped up to take it, but Eve was equal to it; pulling off a fine one handed save to his right.

He made amends right on half time though as Grove’s dominance finally paid off. Danny Smith’s freekick from the left hand side was headed across goal by Andy Kinsey, and Walker was on hand to tap home from close range. The strike was his 100th in a Kidsgrove shirt.

The lead was doubled on 56 minutes, as Kinsey set up Griggs to fire home from the edge of the box.

Kinsey got on the scoresheet himself 12 minutes, as he powered home a header at the back post from Paul Taylor’s deep cross from just inside the Stoke half.

The rout was complete on 74 minutes, as another delivery from Paul Taylor was flicked on at the back post by Kinsey, and Karl Charlton was on hand to nod home from a couple of yards.

It could have been five in stoppage time; as Kinsey sent John Johnston racing clear; but his lobbed effort fell narrowly wide of goal.



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