Framlingham Town 0 Mildenhall Town 1 FA Cup match report - Shaun Avis header wins it for ‘Hall

Fans react as Fram's Danny Smith and Jake Taylor both fail to put the ball in the empty net against

Fans react as Fram's Danny Smith and Jake Taylor both fail to put the ball in the empty net against Mildenhall in added time. Picture: DEAN WARNER - Credit: Archant

FA Cup Preliminary Round Framlingham Town 0 Mildenhall Town 1 Thurlow Nunn Division One side Framlingham welcomed Bostik North opponents Mildenhall Town to Badingham Road for the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, a side two steps above them in the league pyramid.

Fram's Danny Smith strokes the ball forward

Fram's Danny Smith strokes the ball forward - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall scored the only goal of the game as early as the ninth minute through a header from Shaun Avis, getting onto a searching cross from Jake Chambers-Shaw.

In the end the visitors had to hold on to their lead and Framlingham were unlucky not force a draw and earn a replay.

Mildenhall started very brightly, the lively Chambers-Shaw showing great skill on seven minutes but shooting narrowly wide as did Jake Taylor for the home side a minute later when he took a pass from Boardley, his low shot narrowly drifting past the far post.

Fram's Alex Ling harries

Fram's Alex Ling harries - Credit: Archant

On nine minutes the same player for the visitors created the opening for the only goal only when his deep cross was headed across Chilvers and into the net by Shaun Avis.

On 14 minutes the home side were lucky to not concede a second when the exact same cross was headed goalwards by Alex Stillenger, keeper Chilvers palmed the ball onto the bar and collected the rebound before Mildenhall could react.

The visitors’ midfield were dictating the game at this stage and breaking quickly however the Fram defence were holding on and conceded a number of corners, Johnson, Mayhew and Thorpe busy clearing the danger.

Jake Taylor and Joe Asensi in an aerial duel

Jake Taylor and Joe Asensi in an aerial duel - Credit: Archant

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Framlingham had the better of the second half and pushed the visitors’ defence back with the help of the wind and in the 47th minute Taylor’s stooping header went narrowly wide.

Mildenhall were dangerous on the break and with Bacon and Huxable coming on as subs around the hour mark, livened the visitors attacking even more.

Fram then had a good spell of play with Taylor just missing a cross from Danny Smith and Alex Ling curling a free kick wide of the post.

Framlingham and Mildenhall players shake hands before the game. Pictures: DEAN WARNER

Framlingham and Mildenhall players shake hands before the game. Pictures: DEAN WARNER - Credit: Archant

In a frantic last few minutes Fram almost equalised when Anthony Johnson’s header cannoned off the bar and back into play and in added-on time keeper Roach dropped the ball and both Taylor and Danny Smith failed to put the ball in the net from close range.

The Thurlow Nunn outfit can hold their heads high as they matched their Step 4 opponents on the day but it was not to be so the FA Cup story finishes for this season in front of an excellent crowd of 243.

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