Glossop North End trip the reward for Kinsley Boys’ FA Vase heroics

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Kinsley Boys will make history when they travel to Glossop North End in the First Round proper of the FA Vase next month.

It will be the first time the club has competed in the competition after the qualifying rounds thanks to a dramatic 4-3 victory at AFC Darwen in the Second Round Qualifying on Saturday.

The Central Midlands League side did it the hard way after trailing 3-0 after just 20 minutes and battling back to 3-3 to take the game to added time, where Callum Stapelton netted a winner.

Their reward is a trip to North West Counties Premier Division North End on Saturday, October 19.

Boys were simply overwhelmed in the opening 20 minutes on Saturday as the hosts cruised into a 3-0 lead that looked to be enough to secure their progression.

The visitors were far from done, however, and player-manager Craig Rouse led from the front with a brace of goals that rekindled the contest going into half-time.

Kinsley maintained their forward momentum on the resumption and it led to Sam Garforth scoring a leveller to send the game to extra-time.

Darwen bombarded the Kinsley goal in search of the winner but Boys soaked up all their hosts had to throw at them.

The visitors’ task was made tougher with tired legs and injuries after all three substitutes had already been made.

But Boys continued to plug away, determined to finish the job, and got their rewards with ten minutes left.

Callum Stapelton broke through the Darwen defence to score the winning goal and make it a day to remember for Kinsley.