Fourth round: and they’re in!
FA Cup Third Qualifying RoundHaverhill Rovers 2 Kidsgrove 1HAVERHILL have made it to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round for the first time in their history as two goals in the dying minutes turned Saturday's clash with Kidsgrove Athletic on its head.
FA Cup Third Qualifying Round
Haverhill Rovers 2
HAVERHILL have made it to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round for the first time in their history as two goals in the dying minutes turned Saturday's clash with Kidsgrove Athletic on its head.
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The first half saw the hosts have the better of the chances, but Kidsgrove took the lead a minute into first half stoppage time as Aaron Rey scored in a goalmouth scramble.
The game was then delayed for 30 minutes as, with three minutes of the second period gone, Haverhill defender Paul Abbott unfortunately fractured his tibia in a 50-50 challenge.
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After the restart the players were unsurprisingly more subdued and chances were hard to create.
Then, with 10 minutes to go, home manager Steve Taylor brought on Ant Blanford and he scrambled the ball over the line in the 87th minute.
In yet another dramatic Haverhill FA Cup finish, the hosts then grabbed the winning goal in injury time.
Another free kick by Lee Wilson was floated in and captain Marcus Hunt looped a header past the dumbfounded Matthew Conkie in the Kidsgrove goal and into the bottom left corner to spark mad scenes around the ground containing 669 spectators.