FA Cup round-up: AFC Sudbury through, but Bury Town and Long Melford dumped out of the cup

Steve Adams wins a header for Melford.
Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

Steve Adams wins a header for Melford. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

It was a mixed bag for Suffolk sides in the FA Cup over the weekend.

Hassan Ally
on the run for Long Melford

Hassan Ally on the run for Long Melford

Bury Town and Long Melford both exited at the Preliminary Round stage, falling 2-1 at home, but AFC Sudbury cruised through with a 4-0 win over Aveley.

Julian Smith opened the scoring for AFC, before goals for Adam Mills, Dave Cowley and Alfie Carroll made the result safe.

At Melford, the home side were bested by FC Romania.

Luke Payne threads a pass for Melford. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

Luke Payne threads a pass for Melford. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

The opening goal came after 28 minutes when the Melford defence failed to make a real clearance, the ball came to Sergui Pitaru who side footed home with the Melford defence appealing for offside.


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Ten minutes later and Melford found themselves another goal down. A great ball from defence from Sergui Maximov let in Toby Cleaver behind the Melford defence and with confidence he fired the ball home from 15 yards.

After 83 minutes Melford got a goal back, a long Dan Swain throw found Nathan Rowe who fired home from close range, but it was too little too late.

Ryan Weaver looked threatening for Borough in their FA Cup draw. Picture: GARY BROWN

Ryan Weaver looked threatening for Borough in their FA Cup draw. Picture: GARY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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At Ram Meadow, a battling Bury were dumped out by Tilbury. The visitors took the lead on 15 minutes, a lack of concentration at the back from Bury saw Adam Vyse ready to pounce and slot the ball past the Bury keeper.

Tilbury doubled their lead on 61 minutes with a great individual goal from Luke Hornsley. Darrem Mills pulled on back after 69 minutes, but Bury could not get closer.

Meanwhile, Haverhill Borough secured a replay with a battling 1-1 draw at Ilford FC.

The hosts took the lead after 35 minutes. Curtis Lockwood cut in from the left and from outside the penalty area sent a looping shot which held up on the wind before beating Kieran Petty at his far post.

With the hosts on top as the half came towards an end, Borough snatched an unexpected equaliser. Ryan Phillips’ attempted through ball from the edge of the penalty area, deflected off the outside of Sam Hawley’s boot and beat Tom Jackson in the Ilford goal to level the game.

The replay will be at the New Croft on Tuesday night, kick-off at 7.45pm.

Elsewhere, Stowmarket Town also secured a replay with a 1-1 home draw against Romford. Andrew Wood was on target for Stow.

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