Bury Town, Leiston and Heybridge Swifts all through to next round of the FA Trophy
BURY TOWN booked themselves a glamorous FA Trophy second round qualifying tie at Billericay Town after winning 3-0 at Chalfont St Peter in tonight’s first round qualifying replay.
Kyran Clements broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, before late goals from Noel Aitkens (83) and Cemal Ramadan (85) secured an impressive win for Bury.
The home side finished the match with just eight men, following red cards for Jake Cass (52), Alex Paine (90) and Alex Hedley (90), while Aitkens was also sent off for the visitors in stoppage time.
Meanwhile, in-form HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS’ superb season keeps getting better and better, after they defeated Bostik Premier side Tonbridge Angels 2-1 in another FA Trophy replay in front of a crowd of 224 at Scraley Road.
Luke Callander struck twice early in the second half (48 and 58 minutes), and the Swifts held on despite Alexander Akrofi pulling a goal back for the Kent visitors.
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The Swifts are away at Dorchester in the next round, but before then are away at Exeter City in an FA Cup first round tie on Sunday.
LEISTON are also through to the next round, after winning a penalty shoot-out 6-5 at Folkestone. It was 0-0 after normal time, and 1-1 after extra-time, Joe Jefford (115) equalising after Scott Heard (101) had given Kent side the lead. Dunbar scored the winning penalty.
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In Bostik North, AFC SUDBURY suffered a 1-0 defeat at Barking in front of a crowd of just 72. Theo Ola netted the winner after nine minutes.
MILDENHALL TOWN were well beaten 5-1 at Waltham Abbey in another Bostik North clash tonight.
The hosts led 1-0 at half-time, through Shad Ngandu, and Darelle Russell doubled that lead. Joseph Asensi halved the deficit via a 70th minute penalty, but late goals by Billy Holland (79), Ngandu (87) and Aron Gordon (89) sealed Mildenhall’s fate.
COLCHESTER UNITED UNDER-18s rallied from 3-0 down to beat Cheshunt 5-4 in an FA Youth Cup thriller at the Community Stadium.
A Jones penalty (41) and a Joseph-Forino (45+2) own goal reduced the deficit to 2-3, and a 25-yarder from Chilvers and a brace from Ager completed a memorable comeback.
Josh Mayhew was on target as Stowmarket Town won 1-0 at home to Gt Yarmouth in the Thurlow Nunn Premier. Stow are now in the automatic promotion places.