UTTOXETER Town A boss Dean Smith celebrated two decades in the Uttoxeter and District Sunday League in style, as his side won through to the quarter-finals of the Staffs Sunday Challenge Cup.
The prolific James Curley bagged a brace as Town A beat Met Bar 5-2.
Smith said: “We only 11 players available – but what a result that is.
“I’m so proud of the lads. James Curley was again on target.
“The defence played really well – and it was Shaun Conelly’s best game by a mile.
“I have been in this league – both playing and managing – for 20 years now and these lads are top draw.
“On Sunday we’re away to Fulford, a game we must win to stay in touch at the top (of Division One).
“But we do have games in hand on everybody.
“The backlog is because we are still in all the cups. It’s certainly a game I hope to win if I have all my players back.
“I have enjoyed my 20 years in the Uttoxeter League – it’s got better every year.”
Town got off to a great start against Met Bar, from the Stafford League, when Curley was pulled down inside the box on four minutes.
Connelly stepped up and smashed home his fifth goal of the season.
Met Bar passed the ball around really well and in the 14th minute pulled level with a smart equaliser.
Jack Holley was back in the Town A line-up after five games out, and showed no signs of rustiness to fire the hosts back in front.
Met Bar could not cope with the constant pressure and Jason Cockshutt doubled the hosts’ advantage from Rob Collins’ deadly corner delivery.
In the second half Curley notched his 15th of the season in the 56th minute.
Met Bar rang the changes but Town A stood firm with the defence solid.
On 75 minutes the visitors pulled one back against the run of play. Town were unfazed, and with Collins provided the ammunition, Curley bagged his second in the dying minutes.