Ossett Town make club history

Ossett Town make club history

Ossett Town made history as they made it through to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time. 

After two games and a period of extra-time the only thing left to separate Ossett and 1874 Northwich was a penalty shootout. 

In sudden death Seon Ripley scored the decisive spot kick as he sent the keeper the wrong way and the Reds into the next round. 

National League side Solihull Moors now stand between Ossett and a place in the first round proper of the FA Cup. 

Alex Peterson had the first real chance of the game but saw his shot go over the bar. 

Northwich then had some opportunities of their own, with Leigh Overton saving a dangerous free kick before the visitors combined well to find space, but shot wide. 

Town had the majority of chances at the beginning of the second half but it was the visitors who should have taken the lead. 

The ball fell to Scott McGowan in the area and the forward managed to put the ball over the bar from only five yards out.  

Another save from Overton in the final minutes of normal time kept Town in the game. 

In extra-time both sides had opportunities to snatch the tie but neither converted, meaning the game would be decided by penalties. 

Ossett have had their issues with penalties this season, missing more than they have scored in league and cup. 

However consecutive penalty misses from Northwich in sudden death gave Ossett two glorious chances to qualify. 

Isaac Assenso saw his penalty saved before Ripley stepped up to send Ossett through. 

On Saturday afternoon Town were seconds away from avoiding a replay against Northwich but Adam Whitlock had other ideas as he broke through the Town defence in the final minute and slotted past Overton to make the final score 2-2.  

Peterson must have thought he had won the game for Ossett only three minutes previously as his second goal of the afternoon had put the Reds in front. 

Ossett’s fourth qualifying round tie will be played on October 14.

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