Clapham at the double as Ossett Town progress in FA Trophy

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OSSETT Town booked their place in the second qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy last night with a 3-2 victory over Stocksbridge Park Steels at Stade France.

Town had secured a second bite of the cherry against their higher-division opposition by earning a replay thanks to a 2-2 draw in north Sheffield at the weekend.

A dramatic late equaliser from Kevin Sanasy brought the sides back to WF5 and Phil Sharpe’s men took the momentum into the replay.

The hosts enjoyed the best of the early exchanges and they hit the front after 14 minutes through a Daniel Clapham free-kick.

Steels hit back less than ten minutes later through Andrew Ring but Lee Garside restored Town’s lead before half-time.

It got better for the hosts eight minutes into the second-half when Clapham steered home his second free-kick of the match, hitting the bar and the back of the Stocksbridge goalkeeper before finding its way over the line.

There was a tense finish when Jack Muldoon scored for the visitors with 20 minutes to go but, despite some late scares and the sending-off of striker Neil Towler, Sharpe’s men hung on for victory.

They’ll now face Evo-Stik Division 1 South side Evesham in the second qualifying round at Stade France on Saturday, November 5.

In Division 1 North, Wakefield FC fell to a 1-0 defeat at rivals Garforth Town.

Paul Walker’s eighth minute goal proved enough for the hosts.

See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport for a full report from Town’s FA Trophy triumph.