Football: Emerson and Juninho next for Hednesford

Hednesford Town 1 York City 0

So the Pitmen of South Staffordshire will be pitting themselves against some of South America's finest in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Hednesford, ninth in the Vauxhall Conference, earned a tie against Middlesbrough - Juninho, Emerson, et al - by virtue of Keith Russell's first-half spot- kick last night.

Russell, a 24-year-old decorator, stepped up to score after the York midfielder, Gary Himsworth, had handled on the line. The penalty against the Second Division side was two-fold, for with Himsworth also being ordered off they struggled to put Hednesford under any pressure in the second half.

When Hednesford embarked on this season's Cup campaign, in a goalless draw at Wednesfield before 480 spectators back in September, they had not reached the first round proper for nearly 80 years. Last month's second round victory at Blackpool brought them their first-ever League scalp. Now they can look forward to meeting Premiership opposition for the first time.

Financial considerations dictate that Hednesford will almost certainly switch the match to the Riverside Stadium. Keys Park holds barely 3,000, and on this occasion hundreds of ticketless locals gathered on a grass bank overlooking one terrace. Bryan Robson, the Boro manager, had a rather better view from the stand and can only have been impressed by the part- timers' performance.

After weathering strong early pressure, during which Scott Cooksey made three outstanding saves, they began to live up to the promise of their manager, John Baldwin, that they would attempt to overcome their visitors with a passing game. For York, who disposed of Manchester United and Everton in the Coca-Cola Cup in the last two years, it was a taste of their own medicine.

Cooksey was first called upon with the game only 70 seconds old. Gary Bull - cousin of Wolves' Steve, who happens to be a client of Baldwin's accountancy practice - headed goalward from Paul Stephenson's cross. But the keeper, arching backwards to touch the ball over, denied him his first goal of the season.

He then produced a fine sprawling stop to keep out Stephenson's 20-yard effort and an acrobatic tip-over as Bull arrived to meet Neil Tolson's headed flick-on. At that stage Hednes- ford were restricted to counter-attacks or shots from long range.

All that changed two minutes before half-time. In the scramble that followed a right-wing corner, Himsworth illegally blocked Paul Carty's goal-bound drive. Hednesford claimed the ball had crossed the line, Himsworth that it was ball to hand. No sooner had he departed than Russell rendered the argument academic. The final whistle was greeted by a pitch invasion which recalled that epic afternoon at Hereford a quarter of a century ago.

Hednesford Town (4-5-1): Cooksey; Fitzpatrick, Simpson, Comyn, Collins; Carty, McNally, Lambert, Lake, Russell; O'Connor. Substitutes not used: Devine, Essex, Street.

York City (4-4-2): Clarke; McMillan, Sharples, Barras, Atkinson (Tutill, 60); Himsworth, Pepper, Pounton (Murty, 66), Stephenson; Tolson, Bull. Substitute not used: Warrington (gk).

Referee: T Heilbron (Co Durham).

News
newsVideo targets undecided voters
Arts and Entertainment
Singer Pixie Lott will take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2014, the BBC has confirmed
tv
Life and Style
Cooked up: reducing dietary animal fat might not be as healthy as government advice has led millions of people to believe
healthA look at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
News
Evan Spiegel, the founder of Snapchat, dropped out of Stanford University just before graduation to develop his app
techAnd yes, it is quite a lot
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Retail Business Architect

Flexible for the right candidate: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: I have a fa...

Calypso Developer

£500 - £700 per day: Harrington Starr: Calypso Developer Calypso, J2SE, XML, ...

IT Developer/Analyst

£35000 - £36000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A market leading financia...

Pricing Manager, Finance, Edinburgh, £250-350p/d

£250 - £350 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: My client, a leading bank, is cur...

Day In a Page

Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis