Colwyn Bay end FA Cup hopes of spirited Ossett Town

CUP EXIT: Ossett Town pushed higher-division opponents Colwyn Bay all the way in the Third Qualifying Round but eventually bowed out with a 2-1 defeat.
CUP EXIT: Ossett Town pushed higher-division opponents Colwyn Bay all the way in the Third Qualifying Round but eventually bowed out with a 2-1 defeat.

Ossett Town saw their FA Cup hopes ended by Skrill North side Colwyn Bay in the Third Qualifying Round stage on Saturday.

Craig Elliott’s side provided a typically spirited performance against a side two divisions higher than them in the pyramid but eventually went down 2-1 in Wales.

James Ellison and Cameron Darkwah fired the hosts, managed by FA Cup winner Frank Sinclair, into a 2-0 lead at half-time and things were looking comfortable for the favourites.

But Andrew Fox gave Town hope by pulling a goal back with 15 minutes to play and the visitors made it a nervous ending as they looked to force a replay.

Fernando Moke had a goalbound volley deflected wide off a Bay defender while Ossett skipper Ryan Qualter headed a chance over the bar from a corner right at the death.

The hosts hung on to progress but Town will be able to take plenty of positives from their performance.

In Evo-Stik Division 1 North Wakefield FC were edged out 3-2 by Ramsbottom United at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The Bears showed their battling qualities by twice coming from behind to level against their visitors before Jon Robinson netted United’s winner with 12 minutes to go.

Robert Bordman continued his fine form with both goals for the hosts.

Ossett Albion suffered a 3-0 defeat at Radcliffe Borough. Caldon Henson opened the scoring after 25 minutes but Albion were still in the contest until the 74th minute when Jake Hibbs all-but sealed the points for Radcliffe and Bradley Robinson made sure of the win a minute later.