Non-League football: Aylestone Park reach Senior Cup final
Aylestone Park booked their place in the Jelson Homes Senior Cup final for the first time after a dramatic semi-final against EMCL rivals Holwell Sports.
The sides were locked at 1-1 after extra-time at Barrow's Riverside Park but it was Park who edged through 5-4 on penalties to earn a shot at the silverware on April 30.
"It was a great night for the club and a marvellous achievement to get to the final for the first time in our history," said Andy Talbott, Park's senior section chairman.
"I can't praise the players and management enough. We seem to have come through a sticky patch of late.
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"It's been tough at times in our first season at EMCL level but we've coped well with the new challenge and possibly surprised a few teams with our own brand of football."
Park visit Graham St Prims in the league tomorrow, while Holwell are at Holbrook.
However, the focus of attention will again be Riverside Park as Barrow Town entertain league leaders Basford United.
It isn't quite must-win territory yet for Town, who trail Basford by five points and have a game in hand.
However, they can ill afford to lose against a side who are unbeaten in 17 league games. That would leave an eight-point gap between the leading duo which would be tough to close at this stage of the campaign.
Blaby & Whetstone Athletic's hopes of a top-three finish are dwindling thanks to a winless sequence of four games, the last being a 2-2 draw at home to Aylestone Park.
They entertain the side immediately ahead of them tomorrow, Borrowash Victoria, knowing the next few days will be crucial to their season – Tuesday sees them take on Ashby Ivanhoe in the Senior Cup semi-final at Aylestone.
Reece Morris and Ash Day have been the men in form for Thurnby Nirvana, who have climbed up to fifth thanks to five wins in their last six matches. Morris and Day have both been on the scoresheet in each of their side's last four wins.
They travel to Ellistown who are showing signs of turning round their season.
They have taken seven points from the last nine available to climb their way out of the bottom two.
Bardon Hill Sports will hope to bank three points at the expense of bottom side Radford, while St Andrews entertain Gedling Miners Welfare.
Lutterworth Athletic and Anstey Nomads clash again just a fortnight after they shared a 1-1 draw at Cropston Road.