CHESTER Nomads continue to fly the city’s flag in the Cheshire Amateur Cup.
John Cadwallader’s on-fire side, who have not lost since the first game of the season some 15 matches ago, booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 third-round replay victory at home to the Cheshire League Division Two’s Barnton on Saturday.
Nomads’ reward is a last-eight trip to higher-division West Cheshire League rivals Newton.
Boss Cadwallader, son of the former Upton manager, said: “It was a great result and it really sets a benchmark for us. Getting to the quarter-finals has really exceeded our expectations and it would be a bonus if we got any further.
“Our priority is, and has always been, to get promoted into West Cheshire League Division One. But it’s nice to be the only Chester team left in the competition and we’ll do all we can to beat Newton, although we will be the underdogs.”
With both sides fielding stronger line-ups that the ones that started the previous week’s Townfield Lane stalemate, Nomads twice took the lead in an even first half through fine finishes from Dale Harris and lone-striker Mark Crossan, only to be pegged back twice from set-pieces.
But, with man-of-the-match Ilya Haycock, teenage ace Kieron Smith and Crossan causing all sorts of trouble for the Barnton defence, there was only one team in it after the break.
And Nomads were rewarded for their free-flowing football when Haycock crossed for Harris to fire in his second of the game and the winner.
Helsby’s trip to West Cheshire League Division One neighbours Runcorn Town was postponed – the second successive week the last-16 tie has been hit by rain.
The teams will go again this Saturday, with the winners making their way to holders West Kirby in the quarters.