Atherton Collieries secured their place in the next round of the FA Cup with an assured performance away at Guisborough Town. Chaddy's Clarets attacked from the off, and Rio Pemberton notched his first competitive goal for the club after just six minutes, prodding home a cross from Mwiya Malumo.
Ben Rydel had a constant presence on the game in both defence and attack, and set-up the Collieries second with a well taken corner that found the head of Jack Evans, whose blocked effort was fired home by Lewis Mansell on the rebound.
On the half hour mark, an injury to stopper Nico Defreitas-Hansen enforced the introduction of Atherton lad Jack Buckley, who was substituted on for his Stripes debut which he celebrated with a confident performance and a clean sheet.
Jordan Scanlon was controversially denied a Colls third, making a perfectly timed run onto a Mwiya Malumo pass and converting, only for the flag to be raised to the disagreement of many supporters.
The second half became a matter of efficiency and conservation for the Colls, who were happy to allow Guisborough the lions share of the possession safe in the knowledge that every header, tackle and race for the ball was being won by a Claret shirt.
It was Jordan Scanlon again who produced the most notable chance of the second half, skimming the bar following a well worked attack, whilst Josh Askew also troubled the goalkeeper from range.
Having held the hosts at arms length for the bulk of proceedings, the Colls ended the game with a flourish. Rio Pemberton was next up in the hunt for a third goal, and truthfully should've scored his second from a late one-versus-one opportunity that failed to test the goalkeeper.
However, it was Josh Solomon-Davies who notched the goal that was almost an inevitability, Mwiya Malumo providing once more for the Saint Lucian international to make a simple finish whilst unmarked.
If it was Josh Solomon-Davies who provided the icing on the cake, it was Ben Rydel who added a cherry. Following another bright attack by Jordan Scanlon on the right flank, the versatile youngster received the ball from Rio Pemberton and shuffled the ball well to create an extra yard of space before making a sweet top corner finish look simple.
The final whistle soon followed, with the loud & proud travelling faithful sent home in a jubilant mood as the lads overcame the first of twelve hurdles on the road to Wembley glory.
Plaudits are well and truly also due to Guisborough Town for their performance, and they showcased some bright & attacking football throughout the game. It wasn't hard to see how their team had produced giant killings in the previous two rounds of the competition. We would like to thank everybody at Guisborough Town for their warm hospitality. Next up, the Stripes welcome Northern Premier League leaders Radcliffe to the Skuna Stadium for what promises to be a fiercely contested local clash. The draw for the next round of the FA Cup will come on Monday lunchtime, and we promise to keep you updated.The Colls: Nico Defreitas-Hansen (28' Jack Buckley), Ben Rydel, Josh Askew, Dylan Moonan, Jordan Fagbola, Jack Evans, Rio Pemberton, Sidi Fofana, Lewis Mansell (63' Josh Solomon-Davies), Jordan Scanlon, Mwiya Malumo - Subs (Unused): Harvey Gregson, Nathan Caine Man of the Match: Ben Rydel, sponsored by MPD Built Environment Consultants