BY GARRY CLARKE
RYLANDS were made to work hard for their 4-2 win in the second qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Vase by a very determined Rossington Main in an incident packed thriller at Gorsey Lane.
Having travelled over from Doncaster the Northern Counties East side shocked their hosts by taking the lead in the 5th minute when Jordan Buckham drove the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Having fallen behind in a home game for the first time this season, Rylands rallied and were on level terms seven minutes later when Jay White turned his defender to slot the ball home from 12 yards. The Blues edged in front in the 14th minute when Andy Scarisbrick scored from the penalty spot after captain Ste Wolhuter had been brought down.
Josh Gelder leveled the scores in the 17th minute firing home a free kick from outside the area.
Rylands were reduced to 10 men in the 34th minute when Tom McNamara was red carded for a late challenge which sparked a coming together of both teams with players pushing and shoving each other.
A latecomer to the game would have struggled to work out which team was a man down as the remaining Rylands men dug deep and upped their work rate, regaining the lead a minute after McNamara’s dismissal. White was the man on target again – and he went on to complete his hat-trick in the 90th minute of an absorbing encounter.
The most surprising aspect of the game was that it took from the 35th until the 90th minute for another goal. Play constantly switched from end to end, shots and headers were just off target, other attempts hit the woodwork, desperate defenders threw their bodies in the way of goal bound shots and both goalkeepers – Callum Spencer and Jan Budz – pulled off several outstanding saves.
After his team’s win , Rylands manager David McNabb said: “Overall I’m pleased with today’s result. We didn’t play anywhere near what we’re capable of but going down to 10-men in the first 30 minutes made things difficult. I can’t fault the work rate and application of the lads. They worked so hard for each other and we were still the better side with 10-men. The main thing in any cup game is that you’re in the hat for the next round and we achieved that today.”
Rylands team: Spencer, Davies, Wolhuter, Lownsborough, Shaw, Lees, Gerrard, McNamara, White, Moran, Scarisbrick. Subs used: Freeman, Parry, Jones.
— Rylands FC (@RylandsFC) September 16, 2019