Elton Vale

Old Mancunians 1-4 Elton Vale

Report by Daire Bonnar (UCLan)

Elton Vale hit Old Mancunians for four to seal an Amateur Cup final place at the home of Lancashire FA.

Elton Vale will play the winners of Leigh Foundry and Newburgh Harrock United at the County Ground in Leyland after defeating Old Mancunians 4-1.

Goals from Mark Severs, Tyler Roscoe and a brilliant brace from Ryan Wilkes means Elton Vale are one game from lifting the Amateur Cup when the final is played on the 8th of May.

The first half provided a lot of entertainment in wet and windy conditions and the first goal arrived for Elton Vale after eight minutes. Samuel Oko found space on the left and crossed for Ryan Wilkes who volleyed home from the edge of the box leaving Joe Molloy with no chance.

Elton Vale made it 2-0 after 23 minutes when Oko, again the provider, made a great slide tackle to prevent the ball going out of play. His low cross found Tyler Roscoe at the back post who took one touch before placing the ball in the net with ease.

The conditions played its part in the game when Adam Plimley almost made it three thanks to the slippery conditions. Plimley found himself in space in the box but his shot cannoned off the post.

Old Mancunians got one back five minutes before half time to set up an exciting second half when a cross from the left was met by the head of Simon Brotherton who found the back of the net.

Elton Vale came out flying in the second half and went 3-1 up three minutes after the restart thanks to Ryan Wilkes again. His curved free-kick fooled Molloy in the Old Mancunians net and went over his head into the net.

Vale had chances to make it 4-1 in the 69th minute when Lee Bruce was played in one-on-one, but his effort was saved and his rebound looked destined for the bottom corner, but it went narrowly wide.

Five minutes later though, they got their fourth when the ball ricocheted in the box to substitute Mark Severs who made no mistake from a tight angle.

Old Mancunians were unlucky not to score more in the last five minutes when they had two big chances but failed to convert either of them.

Elton Vale will find out their opponents in the final when Leigh Foundry and Newburgh Harrock United play at Burscough FC’s Victoria Park Stadium on the 12th of March.


Old Mancunians

Molloy, Owens, Roache, Skerritt, Lorimer, Jarrold, Onslow, Brotherton, Bidyke, Jones, Swift


Adams, Clyne, Graham, Dishdin, Coldwell

Elton Vale

McBriar, Lawder, Carey, Oko, Wilkes, McMahon, Booth, Plimley, Bruce. Mulhall, Roscoe


Stephenson, Benson, Fearnley, Severs, Davidson