On a dull and miserable evening but before a healthy crowd of 188 supporters it was time for the Millers to test themselves once again against opposition from step 6 in the Buildbase FA Vase. Fireworks Crackled and lit up the evening sky throughout the opening stages and in some respect added a sense of occasion to this important game.
Within minutes of the start Adam Kimberley had made his intentions known by firing a swerving shot at keeper, Josh Turton who acrobatically turned it over the bar. It was Kimbo again whose shot a few minutes later skimmed off the wet surface only to be spilled by Turton but he eventually turned it away to safety after a second goal attempt. It was that same keeper again that had to go scrambling back to clear off the line after he’d clearly misjudged a simple ball passed back to his feet. Then it was the turn of the visitors to lay siege on the home goal and it took an excellent save from Ryan Hopkins to keep the score level. On twenty-four minutes Josh Scully looped the ball with the outside of his boot towards goal and with the defenders frantically scrambling to clear it found its way into the net.
The game appeared to lose a lot of its continuity after that and what bought it back to life was a goal by Jobe Shaw who came out best during a scrimmage in the area and made it 1-1.
After the interval the mood changed in the Clay Cross camp and they looked the livelier of the two sides and we saw a Scully free-kick go marginally wide, Johnson fire over the bar and Parfitt fall inches short of connecting to a Grant Mitchell cross. Substitute, Kieran Ordidge also saw his effort tipped over by Turton when it looked goal bound all the way. Despite these chances the Sherwood men always looked like they could edge in front and it was some solid defending that only kept them at bay. It was Parfitt though who put us into the lead with an header on 83 minutes and the cherry on the cake came two-minutes into time added on when Grant Mitchell fired in another of his FA Vase specials to take us into round three.
A credit to the Sherwood team who never gave in and left with their heads held high in a well contested cup-tie.