Half Moon beet Bestwood Miners Welfare to progress in Keith Roberts Cup

STRUGGLING -- Holbrook St Michaels.
STRUGGLING -- Holbrook St Michaels.

Half Moon moved into the quarter-finals of the Keith Roberts Cup with a 3-1 win over Bestwood Miners Welfare.

Bestwood to date were mid-table in their Division Three after having been promoted in their first season in the Notts Sunday Football League.

They progress after having beaten Strelley from their league in Round One on penalties and had a bye in Round Two.

They had the reputation of being a side that like to play footbal, so Moon knew they had to be on their game big style in all areas of the.

field.

And that is exactly what happened from the first whistle with Moon looking sharp from the word go and working hard to close Bestwood down.

Moon tormented Bestwood with a mixture of quick passes to feet or getting in behind the Bestwood defence from long, high balls.

So it was fitting that, from one of their many attacks, midfielder David Swinscoe scored from a tight angle when he latched on to a loose ball in the Bestwood penalty area to give the Moon a deserved lead.

In the second half Bestwood made a couple of changes and came out with a bit more purpose.

Early in the half they had a corner which pinballed around the Moon’s six yard box and was poked home for their equaliser by Craig Dawson.

But the Moon kept their momentum going from the first half and were awarded a penalty when Kyle Lester was fouled.

Man-of-the-match Lester took the penalty himself and made no mistake to put Moon ahead.

Kieran Clarke then doubled the lead with a cool finish to seal Half Moon’s passage into the next round.

Next week sees the Moon at East Bridgford in the league then back in cup action again the week after in round three of the County Cup!