Pontefract Collieries advanced in the Emirates FA Cup when a double by last season’s top scorer Aaron Moxam clinched a 2-0 success at Penistone Church in an extra preliminary round tie.
They were made to work hard by a team they beat 7-0 in their push for promotion in the Toolsation NCE Division One in April as Penistone were up for the challenge in their first-ever FA Cup tie and kept the game goalless to half-time.
Ponte made most of the running and could have gone in front when Moxam had his first chance, but he could only direct his shot straight at home keeper Adam Rhodes.
Moxam was presented with another chance soon after and this time was denied by a superb Rhodes save.
Penistone had a great opportunity early in the second half when Andy Ring went through on goal, but Colls stopper Craig Parry came up with a crucial save, diverting the striker’s shot for a corner.
Within three minutes Ponte were ahead as Moxam fired past Rhodes.
Penistone looked to hit back and kept going, but Colls defended their lead well in an improved defensive effort from the previous week before Moxam made sure of the victory with his second nine minutes from time.
Collieries will now face a trip to Glasshoughton Welfare’s conquerors, Runcorn Linnets, in the preliminary round on Saturday, August 29 (3pm).
Before then they face two home games in the Toolstation NCE Premier League when they host Worksop Town this Saturday (3pm) and Athersley Recreation next Wednesday (7.45pm). Both have won one and lost one so far while Colls are looking for their first league point after losing their opener to Armthorpe Welfare.
Pontefract Collieries have welcomed two more new players to their squad with forwards Ruben Jerome and Danny Barlow signing in time to make their debuts against Penistone in the FA Cup.
Striker Jerome came through the youth system at AFC Emley and is the younger brother of Norwich City’s Cameron Jerome. He came on as a second half substitute against Penistone.
Barlow, also a forward, started the game up front. He is formerly of Shaw Lane Aquaforce, Farsley Celtic and a number of other clubs.