Reece keeps Ponte Colls on track ahead of big FA Vase date

Pontefract Collieries match winner Kane Reece.
Pontefract Collieries match winner Kane Reece.

Pontefract Collieries aim to create some more club history this Saturday when they stage one of the biggest-ever games at their Harratts Nissan Stadium.

Colls take on Worksop Town in the third round of the FA Vase with the tie kicking off at 3pm.

It is the first time they have ever reached this stage of the national competition that ends with a final at Wembley and they have it within their grasp therefore out to reach the last 32 of the FA Vase for the first time.

Guarding against any complacency can be the biggest problem facing manager Craig Parry and his assistant Craig Rouse with Colls having already played Worksop at home in the NCE League and running out convincing 5-1 winners back in August.

They also go into the tie in great form in the league, winning their last four matches in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division, the latest coming in dramatic style, 2-1 at home to a strong Maltby Main side last Saturday.

Up against opponents also in the top six, it looked like Ponte would have to settle for a hard earned point when up popped Kane Reece to score a winning goal in the last minute.

It was the visitors who struck first in the 15th minute as Sam Forster went through one-on-one with keeper Ryan Musselwhite and produced a good finish to show that they had come to have a go.

But Colls were soon level when within three minutes Mark Whitehouse sent a glancing header into the net.

Both teams then had chances for further goals, but the game remained at 1-1 to half-time.

It appeared that the sides had cancelled each other out after the break, although Musselwhite had to save a header from Maltby’s recent acquisition from Frickley Athletic, Josh Nodder and visiting keeper Josh Lill had to make a decent save as well.

Maltby were maybe edging it and threatening to become only the third side to beat Pontefract this season with Bradley Morton sending a late header just wide.

But the hosts showed all their battling qualities and came up with an incredible winner as the game went into injury-time.

There did not look much on for forward Reece, but he produced a fantastic strike from outside the box that sent the ball over keeper Lill into the back of the net.

With that Colls had another valuable three points that keeps them just one behind leaders Handsworth Parramore with three games in hand.

Pontefract are in the middle of a hectic as well as important spell with another game scheduled for tonight, at Albion Sports in the second round of the NCE League Cup.