Minch hit a thrilling late winner
Minchinhampton Res 3
MINCHINHAMPTON emerged victorious after a tense and eventful match in Stroud and District Five.
They took an early lead when Nick Charlton ghosted on to a Luke Palmer free-kick and steered the ball past the McCadam keeper from close range.
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Midway through the half McCadam hit back, taking advantage of some hesitant defending with a curled effort from Chris Phillips finding the top corner of the net.
The second period was hard fought, with skirmishes all over the pitch and neither side able to get the ball down and play football.
Quick-thinking Nick Charlton created the breakthrough, taking a quick free-kick which saw Sean Baker's effort just creep into the net.
The lead was increased when a long kick forward from keeper Lee Daniels turned the McCadam back line and fine interplay involving Sean Baker and Josh Button set up Giles Arnold to guide the ball home from a few yards out.
McCadam then introduced Minch old boy Jed Blacklock, who livened up the already feisty match.
His influence extended beyond this however, and a fine 25-yard shot found the net to give the visitors a lifeline.
Minch were then awarded a penalty to secure the points but Tom Dyer's effort flew wide.
Reinvigorated by this, McCadam threw everything forward and nearly snatched a late equaliser when Blacklock's header cannoned off the post and a follow up effort came back off the bar before a brave Mark Dyer block snuffed out a third effort.
A late effort was thwarted when Daniels dived at Blacklock's feet to prevent another effort on goal, with the striker falling theatrically but not convincing the referee to give a late penalty.