Achilles boss: Our name was on the cup

ACHILLES manager Alan Middle said he knew his club's name was on the trophy from their first round game against Willis.“We were 2-0 down with five minutes to play and with our right-back in goal after our keeper was injured,” he said.

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ACHILLES manager Alan Middle said he knew his club's name was on the trophy from their first round game against Willis.

“We were 2-0 down with five minutes to play and with our right-back in goal after our keeper was injured,” he said. “We came back to win 4-2 after extra time.

“We lasted the pace better last night and all the lads played well and this will hold us in good stead for our return to senior football.”


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His skipper Brent Richards played despite breaking his thumb on Sunday, and he said: “We have Darren Jones to thank for our win - if he had not headed off the line it could have been a different result.”

And two-goal Liam Hillyard added: “This makes up for losing out to Newton in the title race. It was an unbelievable night.”

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Newton manager Colin Macrow said he had no complaints, adding: “Gavin Sealey is one of the best goalkeepers in the league and he had an exceptional match.

“If we had scored when their defender headed off the line it would have been 3-3 and I would have fancied our chances.

“I thought they had run out of legs second half after they battered us in the opening period.

“But it's still been a great season for us and we kept going right to the end.”

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