Holt United knocked Corfe Castle FC out of the Dorset Premier League Cup after winning 6-2 after the game went to extra time.
With the sustained wet weather, and a host of other fixtures postponed many were surprised to see this game go ahead but the host’s pitch held up surprisingly well considering the conditions. Corfe were able to name a strong squad with Jack Hector and John Lovell returning but the late withdrawl of Josh Baker saw Simon Page come in for his first competitive outing for the first team.
Corfe started the game well and took the lead through Courtney Johnstone who finished low past the Holt ‘keeper. This spurred the home team in to life and they began to look more threatening with their team missing a host of good chances, including putting a penalty wide of the post, while goalkeeper Brad Smith once again came to the rescue with a number of good saves. The visitors also came close to extending their lead on a couple of occasions with Johnstone having the best of the opportunities.
The second half continued in a similar vein with Holt making and missing more chances and Corfe continuing to do well. Castle extended their lead when a ball from Andy McCuish picked out the excellent run of Andy Manston who worked the ball in to the box and Marcus Smith fired in off the crossbar. 2-0.
Holt managed to get themselves back in to the game by making the most of some poor defending by Corfe and levelled the scores with little time left in the 90 minutes although debutant Simon Page missed a great chance to wrap up the win for Corfe late on.
In extra time Holt scored an early goal to put themselves in the lead for the first time and it went from bad to worse for the visitors with three more goals scored before the full time whistle including a penalty which was this time put away.
FT AET 6-2
Lineup: B Smith, N Joyce, J Lovell, A McCuish, M Cooper, A Manston, N Hall, M Smith, O Smith, J Hector, C Johnstone
Subs: N Hough, S Page, N Crabb, M Suttle
Goals: C Johnstone, M Smith