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Football: Hands-on attitude puts out champs; Sutton sunk in Senior Cup clash BIRMINGHAM AFA.

Byline: By Nick Pullen

HARD-WORKING Handsworth GSOB pulled out all the stops to send league champions Sutton United crashing out of the Senior Cup.

This plum, all-Premier Division contest saw Handsworth lead 1-0 at half-time thanks to a Will Matthews goal.

Sutton stormed back and levelled through Andy Larvin but the turning point came after Sutton had another goal ruled out.

The decision seemed to spur on Handsworth, with Clint Edwards hitting the winner.

Handsworth will now fancy their chances in this competition, having already disposed of high-flying Lakin Rangers in the previous round.

Their prospects were improved by a number of Premier sides going out. The biggest shocks saw both Silhill and Woodbourne Sports beaten by sides from Division Seven.

Balsalorna beat Silhill 2-0 with a second-half brace from Marcus Malcolm.

He shocked Silhill by heading home Talit Mahmood's cross on the hour.

Then Malcolm latched on to a long clearance kick by goalkeeper and man-of-the-match Darren Martin to lob home.

Remarkably, on the adjacent pitch, fellow Division Seven side St Pauls were pulling off an equally impressive shock victory as they disposed of Woodbourne 2-0.

Aaron Reid fired home from a Craig Bernard cross to give St Pauls a surprise lead.

The second goal was a superb, five-man move that ended with Bernard clinically firing home.

Desi were another side to upset the formbook when they defeated Athletic Sparkhill 2-0.

Despite reaching both the semis and quarter-finals in previous seasons, Sparkhill had no answer to Desi striker Jason Blick and Trisholm Powell.

It was Blick who scored both goals following some superb inter-play with Powell.

However, there are still several Premier Division sides left in the Senior Cup as Village, Boldmere and Shirley Athletic all cruised through with ease.

Shirley enjoyed the biggest success, scoring nine goals against Great Barr with Mike Mountford netting four.

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CLASH...Handsworth's Mark Stanley and Sutton's Lee McCarthy. Photosales No: RS101107SUTTON-13; POWER PLAY...Handsworth's Michael Lennon in control. Photosales No: RS101107SUTTON-03; FLYING...Sutton goalscorer Andy Larvin is uprooted by Jimmy Waterstone. Pictures: Roy Smiljanic Photosales No: RS101107SUTTON-09; OUT OF DANGER... Handsworth's Luke Nicholls clears. Photosales No: RS101107SUTTON-08
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 14, 2007
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