Extra special Winn steers Plainsy into national final

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SUNDERLAND Sunday League champions Humbledon & Plains Farm are through to the final of the FA Carlsberg All-England Sunday Cup, with two-goal Chris Winn the extra-time hero.

Steve Hutchinson’s men came through a tough semi-final 4-2 after extra time against West Midlands outfit Hundred Acre at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park.

Skipper Michael Coghlan fired Plainsy in front from the penalty spot midway through the first half, after Winn, latching on to Ash Davis’s pass, was tripped by defender Joe Lyng.

Humbledon doubled their lead four minutes later with a spectacular strike from Mark Davison, who chested down a cross inside the area and slammed a volley high into the net.

The Wearsiders looked good for victory, but two goals in three minutes late in the game hauled Hundred Acre level, taking the tie to extra time.

Sub David Franklin’s well-taken half-volley, from an acute angle, gave the Midlanders hope on 79 minutes, and they equalised in stunning style soon after as Richard Gregory spotted keeper Neal Atkinson off his line and lobbed the back-pedalling keeper from close to the halfway line.

Prolific marksman Winn, though, came up trumps in the extra half hour, striking either side of the break to kill off Hundred Acre, to set up an April 27 final date with holders Oyster Martyrs from Liverpool.

Martyrs needed extra time to defeat another Midlands side, Plough Wellington, 3-2 in their tie.