Sunday 15th May

A cloudy Sunday for the TRA Cup, Hartshill Strollers were at home to Colne, from near Burnley, these games are 3 x 20 minutes.


Hartshill started stronger in the first game and it wasn't long before the first shot, but no goal came from it, Colne gradually got back in the game and were the better team for a while, while shots were forthcoming from both sides, there was hardly anything to seriously trouble the goalkeepers. This game ended scoreless.


The second game started and it was end to end stuff but little to show for some good football, Colne had a shot excellently saved by Paul Roche in the Hartshill goal, which seemed to rally Hartshill, who had a couple of chances to score but shots were limited from distance. This game was also scoreless.


Into the third game, both teams were aware that just one goal could seal the win overall, this was a cagey game with few chances and seemingly they both thought the best chance was to win on penalties, although shots were on target from both sides, no goalkeeper was severely tested. This ended in a third game with no goals.


Onto penalties, there would be 3 each taken, then sudden death. Hartshill won the coin toss and asked Colne to take the first penalty, which they duly scored from, Adrian Chilton took the first for Hartshill but put the ball over the bar, Colne next, a penalty saved by Paul Roche in goal, Richard Field then scored for Hartshill, one goal each and sudden death was on the cards, Colne with their third which was brilliantly saved by the foot of Paul Roche, this left it to Rob Dunning, knowing if he scored, Hartshill would go through, he calmly slotted the ball in the net to secure the win.

Man of the match; Paul Roche.


Hartshill Strollers now play Birmingham in the regional final at a venue to be decided.


Hartshill squad, Paul Roche, Colin Gordon, Adrian Chilton, Mark Mullett, Mark Grazier, Reg Walker, Rob Dunning, Ray Woodhall and Richard Field.


Thanks to Roger Lister of Colne for refereeing the game.

Report by Kevin Weston.