Doncaster Senior League: Treble dream remains for Denaby United

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Denaby United took another step towards sealing the treble this season, after reaching the final of the Doncaster Senior League’s Premier Division KO Cup.

United, the Premier Division champions, sealed their passage thanks to a 5-3 win over Sutton Rovers - but they did it the hard way, twice coming from behind to prevail.

United, who face Sutton in the final of the Doncaster and District FA Challenge Cup next month, were rocked early on when Rovers took the lead after just seven minutes.

Tony Mullen was penalised for handball in the area, and Dean Humble notched his sixth goal of the season from the penalty spot.

United responded well, with Steve Ellor narrowly failing to connect with Andrew Wood’s cross, and Ellor then had a shot well saved by Rovers keeper Craig Pattison.

United continued to press, and they drew level on 21 minutes through skipper Ryan Scott.

Scott rose highest to meet Paul Hemmingway’s right wing corner, to get his side back on level terms.

Hemmingway, Ellor and Wood all enjoyed good opportunities but couldn’t make them count - but Rovers issued a reminder of their own attacking talent when Tom Clamps drove a cross across goal, which somehow evaded everybody.

The half ended in some controversy when Wood’s sidefooted shot fell kindly into the arms of goalkeeper Pattison, with some United players claiming the ball had crossed the line.

The officials didn’t agree, however, and the teams went into half time deadlocked at 1-1.

Rovers went ahead for a second time ten minutes into the second half, when Humble finished well past United goalkeeper Ben Priestley.

But the Reds got back on level terms almost immediately. Hemmingway’s shot hit the post, the rebound fell kindly to his feet and he made no mistake at the second time of asking.

Ellor had a goal disallowed for offside before United took the lead for the first time.

Hemmingway’s cross was met by Ellor and although the shot was blocked by the goalkeeper, the striker reacted quickest to put United 3-2 ahead.

But Rovers weren’t to be denied and they drew level with another penalty from Humble, who completed his hat-trick after Scott was penalised for tugging back Tom Doherty.

But once again United hit back almost instantly, when Ellor placed the ball home to give United a 4-3 lead.

Reds keeper Priestley was called upon to claw away a Danny Bell header, before United made the game safe when Hemmingway scored a delightfully driven free kick for a 5-3 lead after sub James Lundy was fouled.

n United: Priestley, Cantrell, Gedney, Scott, Mullen, Finney (Russon (Spruce)), Wood, Williams, Noonan (Lundy), Hemmingway, Ellor.