Extra time stormer puts Lealholm in semis

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LEALHOLM stormed into the semi-finals of the League Cup after letting a 3-0 lead slip in normal time, before coming good in extra time.

Lealholm stormed into a two-goal lead within the first 25 minutes, both goals coming from deep crosses which the Stokesley defence failed to deal with and Kevin Brown was on hand to score.

Lealholm were the better side in the half and increased their lead one minute after the break when Sam Crooks scored after great approach play from Stephenson set up the goal.

At three goals up Lealholm were well in control and looking good for a comfortable win, only for Stokesley to dig deep and hit back with two goals in as many minutes.

Martin Bulmer hit a shot through a mass of players in the goalmouth and when the Lealholm keeper failed to hold a powerful shot, White was on hand to strike the ball home.

Lealholm were having the “jitters” and conceded a third goal when the keeper failed to hold a cross and Nelson was poaching to take the tie to extra time.

Harsh words saw Lealholm come out more determined to take the game to Stokesley and with two superb headed goal from Sam Crooks and the best goal of the game - a left foot volley from Stephenson - left Stokesley reeling and Lealholm heading to the last four.

Lealholm 7 Stokesley 3 AET