Non-league football round-up

AFC Sudbury and Chelmsford City both progressed in the Ryman League Isthmian League Cup last night while Haverhill Rovers, the last Ridgeons League side in the FA Cup, bowed out following a 5-0 replay defeat at Hitchin.

AFC Sudbury and Chelmsford City both progressed in the Ryman League Isthmian League Cup last night while Haverhill Rovers, the last Ridgeons League side in the FA Cup, bowed out following a 5-0 replay defeat at Hitchin.


Billericay Town 0 AFC Sudbury 3

AFC Sudbury comfortably beat an understrength Premier Division Billericay side last night.

After Heath had come close to punishing Buckfield for a weak clearance in the opening minute, his 25-yard shot skidding past the post, both Simon Head and Driver had close-range shots blocked.

AFC Sudbury took the lead after 34 minutes, a fine build-up ending with David Head's cross being bundled home by Heath.

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Munson then had to be alert to parry over a point-range header from Burbridge.

Three successive early half corners eventually brought a second goal when Boardley picked out the unmarked Simon Head, who easily headed home.

Munson then saved well from Wareham before a weak back pass from Hibbert was intercepted by David Head, who easily beat Buckfield.

Bury Town 2 Chelmsford City 3

THE early momentum was with Chelmsford as Ricky Holmes creating havoc on the Bury left.

They deservedly took the lead after 13 minutes from a well-taken free-kick from the edge of the area by Lee Protheroe.

Little was seen of Bury as an attacking force as the visitors continued to control the game.

Out of the blue Bury equalised after 32 minutes when a Chelmsford defender handled in the box and Lee Smith made no mistake from the spot.

Bury came more into the game and caused the visitors defence some problems, but at half-time the score remained level.

Chelmsford took a fortunate lead three minutes into the second period when Sam Nunn turned an innocuous cross into his own net.

Three minutes later they got their third when Bertie Brayley's 25-yard drive deceived Dean Greygoose.

Chelmsford were now on top as Bury struggled to make any impact.

They did however reduce the lead on 72 minutes.

In a rare attack Lee Smith stabbed home Shaun Bammant's low cross. Further chances were created at both ends but there was no further score.


Hitchin Town 5 Haverhill Rovers 0

THE last Eastern Counties League side went out of the FA Cup after this replay.

Sealey netted the first goal after two minutes and on the hour mark Ducket slid into the net from close range.

The third came in controversial circumstances ten minutes later, Mills putting the ball across for Williams to score, after he was in an offside position during the build- up.

In was 4-0 on 75 minutes, Ducket scoring his second. Hill scored from the penalty spot on 90 minutes after James was adjudged to have been fouled by Abbott.


Ipswich Wanderers 0, Harwich & Parkeston 3

WANDERERS were looking to avenge an early season mauling at Harwich, but the early exchanges were disjointed.

Honours were even at half time although Wanderers had cleared the ball off the line three times.

On 55 minutes Wanderers were struggling to get the ball under control in their area and Calver took advantage to score.

Harwich kept up the pressure with a series of corners then Matson hammered a loose ball into the far corner on 61 minutes,

On 78 minutes Townes ran in from the right beating three defenders before blasting Harwich into 3 - 0 lead.

Dereham Town 1 Kirkley & Pakefield 3

IN A rip-roaring Premier Division clash Kirkley and Pakefield came from behind and played superbly in the second half in which their goals were scored by 17-year-olds.

Nathan Pauling was on top form in the first 20 minutes denying Nicky Hull and Chris West but on 25 minutes he was helpless as Dereham netted a lucky goal from a free-kick that took a vicious spin into the net from Robbie Harris.

On 50 minutes Bodie Carter unleashed an unstoppable drive inside the keeper's near-post which flashed into the net.

Then on 69 minutes Nicky Stokeld put the ball through for Ian Dawson who took his time and picked his spot to put the ball past keeper Shaun Marshall.

Just on full-time the ball Chris Henderson found the net with a beautifully-timed run.


Thetford Town 1 Stowmarket Town 0

AN end-to end first half saw both sides create plenty of openings, the best falling to Taylor-Holt, who saw his shot well saved by the young Thetford keeper Terry.

Thetford themselves were unlucky when striker Hardy saw his shot cleared off the line by visiting defender Ryland.

The second half saw both sides continue to go forward but the home side scored the only goal of the evening in the 56th minute when Jason Cole headed home


Hadleigh 3 Tiptree 0

TWO goals by Chris Dennett put Hadleigh in the driving seat in this Ridgeons League Cup match.

Dennett opened the scoring with a free-kick after 43 minutes. He then slammed in a rebound off goalkeeper Smith for his second after 57 minutes.

Hadleigh's win was completed after 86 minutes when Goodchild marked his debut with a great header following a centre from Payne.

Woodbridge 1 Diss 2

VETERAN Dale Vince notched the winner for Diss.

The visitors took the lead after three minutes when Isaac Robinson, who looked offside, broke clear and crossed for Ben Deacon to slot home.

Woodbridge, with eight changes from Saturday, drew level in the 53rd minute when Jack Severy, one of four debutants, was fouled and Mark Roper scored from the penalty spot.

The match could have gone either way but it was Vince who bundled home the winner in the 74th minute from Stuart Jenkinson's corner.

FC Clacton 2 Halstead Town 1

FC Clacton progressed to the next round of the League Cup after getting the better of their Essex rivals.

The hosts made a dream start with two goals in the first 10 minutes. Matt Waters fired home the first from the edge of the area, then Mark White kept his composure to slot in a second.

Paul Abraham's reduced the arrears in the 20th minute and then Sam Quinn produced a superb save to deny Carl Metson.

Kevin Coil then saw his header tip over from Paul Hillier's cross from the right and then Quinn pulled out all the stops to keep out another effort from Metson.

An exciting first-half also saw Coil and Waters go close for the hosts then Quinn saved well from an Abraham free-kick.

Waters was causing the Halstead defence all sorts of problems in the second period and might have scored on a number of occasions.

Then Ashley Pereira was sent off for Clacton after an altercation.

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