Needham and Mildenhall advance in cup

NEEDHAM Market, 4-1 winners against Lowestoft Town, and Mildenhall Town, who beat 3-0 Leiston, recorded impressive victories among the Ridgeons League clubs in the FA Cup extra preliminary round ties played on Saturday.

NEEDHAM Market, 4-1 winners against Lowestoft Town, and Mildenhall Town, who beat 3-0 Leiston, recorded impressive victories among the Ridgeons League clubs in the FA Cup extra preliminary round ties played on Saturday.


Halstead Town 2 Wellingborough 2

STUART Fergus' injury-time equaliser gave Halstead another bite at the cherry in this FA Cup tie at Rosemary Lane after the Essex side had gone into the break two goals behind.

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The United Counties League visitors took the lead after just eight minutes when John Mitchell outpaced the home rearguard to fire past keeper Paul Wood, who was making his home debut.

Halstead defended poorly and it was no surprise when they fell further behind after 20 minutes when a Kevin Ward cross was not properly cleared, dropping nicely for Dave Glass to hammer home.

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After the break Halstead weathered some severe pressure, before manager Jody Brown brought on all three subs on the hour.

Just two minutes after Harber, Metson and Swindells made way for Chris Rayner, Defeo and Bethell, the home side were back in the game when Dan Rochester fired home following good work by Rayner.

Halstead pressed strongly and deep into stoppage time Bethell paved the way for Fergus to crash home from the edge of the box to earn a replay on Tuesday in Northampton.

FC Clacton 1 Desborough Town 1

A LATE free-kick equaliser from Matt Waters earned FC Clacton a replay against United Counties Premier League side Desborough Town.

Clacton keeper Sam Quinn produced four fine saves to keep his side level in the first half before he was once again the saviour after the break, producing a double stop.

The visitors took the lead after 73 minutes when Chris Logan headed home a deep free kick, but with just four minutes remaining Waters fired home a 25-yard free -kick to earn a replay which will be held tomorrow night.

Needham Market 4 Lowestoft Town 1

NEEDHAM Market will meet Ipswich Wanderers in the next round of the FA Cup after they beat a disappointing Lowestoft Town side.

It took Needham 35 minutes to open the scoring, Jason Evans beating two men before cutting inside to score a fine goal. Danny Thrower and Craig Parker both missed great chances, before Evans scored a second after the break after receiving a superb pass from Tommy Smith.

In a goalmouth scramble Smith himself made it 3-0 and while Danny Mitchell pulled one back for Lowestoft in injury time, Craig Parker scored with seconds to go for Needham.

Bourne Town 2 Haverhill Rovers 3

HAVERHILL'S attempt to emulate their great FA Cup run of last season started well with this victory over United Counties League side Bourne Town.

The visitors deservedly took the lead in the 13th minute when Matt Holland's attempted clearance went only as far as Paul Stokes, who put the ball past stranded goalkeeper James Doughty.

Bourne caught their opponents napping though and netted twice in four minutes, Ben Houghton nodding in the equaliser and Johnny Currall putting his side in front.

Haverhill didn't equalise until the 61st minute, Marc Abbott chesting the ball down before curling a 25-yard volley into the bottom left corner.

The winner came after 86 minutes, substitute Ryan Kent flicking the ball on and Richard Heller diving ahead of Doughty to head the ball into the net.

Felixstowe & Walton 2 Debenham LC 2

TWO goals in the last six minutes for Felixstowe & Walton denied Debenham a glorious debut in the FA Cup.

Debenham's evergreen Stuart Jopling showed he still has the scoring touch with a splendid finish in the 27th minute to put his side ahead.

The visitors extended their lead in the 56th minute when Cudworth made a hash of his clearance for French to head into an empty net.

Looking lacklustre, the home side looked to be heading for an early exit until man-of-the-match Dwayne Edwards produced a top-class finish to pull a goal back six minutes from time.

Tourney-Godfrey, who had been a passenger for much of the game, then collected Cudworth's long clearance and volleyed past Ellis from the edge of the area in the 88th minute to set up a replay at Debenham tomorrow night.

Mildenhall Town 3 Leiston 0

MILDENHALL Town took the lead after 20 minutes when Robinson headed home a pin-point cross from Simpson.

Mildenhall then had to wait until the 76th minute to add to the score, the visitors' defenders getting in a tangle, the ball falling kindly to Robinson who made no mistake from close range.

Goal No. 3 followed in the 82nd minute, Cranfield firing home after another defensive blunder from the tired-looking Leiston rearguard.

Long Melford 0 Blackstones 2

LONG Melford crashed out of the FA Cup to Blackstones after conceding within 30 seconds of the start. A wind-assisted corner was headed home at the near post by Epps.

Blackstones went on to have the better of the match and their pressure finally told after 75 minutes when Cotton got behind the Melford defence, turned his marker and crossed for Epps to score again.

Wroxham 3 Hadleigh United 0

BRAVE underdogs Hadleigh were once again despatched at the first stage of the FA Cup, despite causing no end of trouble to Ridgeons League Premier Division side Wroxham.

The Yachtsmen took the lead in the 16th minute when Danny White beat the keeper to the ball to prod home from eight yards.

Wroxham struggled to break down a gritty Hadleigh side again however and the hosts had to wait until the 74th minute to add to the score, Danny White bundling the ball over the line.

Wroxham put the result beyond doubt in the 80th minute when the twinkle-toed Andy Key memorised the defence with a solo run before driving low past the keeper.

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