Full non-league round-up: FA Cup and Thurlow Nunn League action
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Cemal Ramadan bagged the only goal of the game as BURY TOWN beat 10-man Cogenhoe United 1-0 in a niggling FA Cup preliminary round tie at Compton Park in Northamptonshire.
Ramadan swopped with the winner early in the second half against a Cogenhoe side (United Counties League Premier) who had won at Kirkley & Pakefield in the previous round.
Bury started brightly, with home keeper Bradley Lashley only just managing to claw away Ryan Jolland’s goalbound swirling cross on two minutes, but they were far from convincing as the first half wore on.
Jolland turned creator by pumping a free-kick to the far post on 18 minutes. Ollie Hughes headed back into the danger zone, but his strike-force partner Cemal Ramadan, at full stretch, could not keep his own header down as it looped over bar.
It was actually Cogenhoe who had the best chance of the first period, Carter Price ballooning a shot over the bar with just keeper Joseph Rose to beat on 40 minutes.
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Just three minutes later and The Cooks were reduced to 10 men, Taylor Orosz flashed a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Max Maughn.
Baris Altintop, making his competitive debut for Bury following his move from AFC Sudbury, drilled wide in the 44th minute as the score remained goalless at the break.
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The Blues suffered a setback at the start of the second half, with Joe White forced off through injury in the 53rd minute.
However, Ramadan swooped with the opener on the hour mark, gleefully heading home from a central position as a throw-in had been headed on.
There was concern when Bury keeper Joseph Rose was caught late by a lunge from Rico Alexander, while smothering a loose ball. Rose was only able to continue after his head injury was patched up.
Bury came so close to adding a second goal in the 87th minute. Hughes intercepted a woeful back pace by Price and looked sure to score, only for keeper Lashley to get a touch as the ball rolled agoninsingly wide of the far upright.
There were 14 minutes of injury-time, due to the injuries to White and Rose, but Bury held on to reach the next round.
COGENHOE UNITED: Lashley, Bates, Mcdonald, Johnston (sub Culley, 90), Alexander, Gillingwater, T Orosz, Price (sub Uche, 90), Ansu, Cirelli, J Orosz. Unused subs: Chamberlain, Logongo, Emery, Speight.
BURY TOWN: Rose, Hood, Gardner, Edwards, Altintop, White (sub Nyadzayo, 53), Chambers-Shaw (sub Snaith 90+2), Jolland (sub Hastings, 62), Hughes, Ramadan, Maughn. Unused subs: Cook, Cowling, Hammett.
Elsewhere, Shane Temple was the star as AFC SUDBURY rallied from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at home to Harborough Town in another FA Cup preliminary round tie.
Goals from Harry Wakefield (16) and Scott Mooney (28) had the visitors 2-0 up inside the first half-hour, but Temple swooped on 33 and 37 minutes to ensure AFC Sudbury were level at 2-2 at half-time.
Temple then added two more goals at the start of the second half, in the 50th and 55th minutes, to put Mark Morsley’s men in the driving seat.
LEISTON, of Step Three, comfortably defeated Step Six side HALSTEAD TOWN, of Thurlow Nunn Division One South, at Victory Road, running out 5-0 winners.
Liam Jackson converted a fifth minute penalty, and James Eaton-Collins doubled Leiston’s advantage with a long-range shot past keeper Jack Cherry in the 19th minute.
Jackson bagged his second and Leiston’s third on 23 minutes after bursting onto Finaly Barnes’ through ball to score.
The Suffolk side helped themselves to a fourth in the 85th minute, Rob Eagle hitting the target, and Will Davies headed home the fifth in the 88th minute.
STOWMARKET TOWN also made safe progress in the FA Cup, thanks to a 2-1 away win at Yaxley.
Craig Parker settled the nerves with an opening goal in the fourth minute, and Josh Mayhew then dispatched a 67th minute penalty after Anton Clarke was fouled in the box.
Yaxley netted a consolation in the fifth minute of injury-time.
MILDENHALL TOWN are also through to the next round-up of the FA Cup, after an exciting finale against Corby Town.
The visitors led through Charlie Wise in the 28th minute but The Hall responded with a 90th minute penalty to secure a 1-1 draw and force a penalty shoot-out. Ricky Cornish’s men won the shoot-out 4-3.
HAVERHILL ROVERS ran-out 4-3 winners in a thriller at home to Wisbech Town.
Rovers were 2-1 up at half-time, through goals by Toyer (10) and Ben Bradley (24). A tap-in from Joe Rider put Rovers 3-2 up in the 68th minute, two minutes after conceding an equaliser, and Bradley fired home a 77th minute free-kick to make it 4-2. Rovers held on despite a late goal from Wisbech, which set up an exciting finale.
LONG MELFORD triumphed in a penalty shoot-out at Stoneylands following a goalless draw against Kemspon Rovers, in another tight FA Cup duel.
Nathan Rowe, Jamie Griffiths, Sam Mills and Kieran Michaels all scored their penalties for the Villagers, while Finlay Shorten made the crucial save to send the home side through.
However, FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED exited the FA Cup on Sunday at Essex Senior League Hashtag United.
With the score tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes the match went straight to penalties and it was the home side who won the lottery, pipping the Seasiders 13-12 after 30 penalties to go through to the first round qualifying.
Henry Barley had equalised for the visitors on 74 minutes to cancel out Hashtag’s first-half penalty.
Back to Saturday and NEWMARKET TOWN were well-beaten 6-0 at Royston Town, but BRANTHAM ATHLETIC impressed again to record a 1-0 away win at Great Wakering Rovers and so continue their fine start to the campaign.
The winning goal for Brantham arrived in the 61st minute. Johnny Lee’s header from Patrick Brothers’ delivery was blocked by the keeper, but Jack Marshall was on hand to prod home the rebound and so send the Blue Imps into the next round of the FA Cup.
WHITTON UNITED went down 3-2 at Dereham Town in a match that was delayed early on by a nasty injury to Whitton keeper George Bugg.
It was 2-2 at half-time, thanks to first-half equaliser from Asa Milliard (36) and Thomas Warren (45), but Dereham grabbed the victory through Tony Hilliard’s second goal of the game in the 80th minute. There was a crowd of 171 at Aldiss Park.
Meanwhile, in the Thurlow Nunn Premier League, HADLEIGH UNITED scored late to notch a fine 3-2 away win at Swaffham Town.
Max Dinnell netted from close-range following a 37th minute corner, and Joe Yaxley steered home Joel Glover’s squared delivery to put Hadleigh 2-0 up on 52 minutes.
Swaffham levelled through two goals, but substitute Gavin Van-Oene’s late cross sailed over the home keeper’s head to secure a last gasp win for the Brettsiders.
Also in the Premier Division, WALSHAM LE WILLOWS celebrated a 3-2 win at Godmanchester Rovers, but WOODBRIDGE TOWN went down 2-1 at Norwich United. Andrew Crowe scored the Woodpeckers’ goal with a header, but goals by Louie Henman-Mason and Matty Daniels won it for the Planters.
KIRKLEY & PAKEFIELD were 3-2 winners at Stanway Rovers in another league fixture, to make it three wins in a row.
Danny Conroy gave Kirkley a 1-0 lead at half-time, and he then set up Kyle Hancock for the second goal on 62 minutes. Stanway halved the deficit but Cameron Russell obliged with a wonderful overhead kick in the 75th minute to put the visitors 3-1 up and effectively seal the points.
In Thurlow Nunn Division One North, IPSWICH WANDERERS made it a maximum six points from two tough opening fixtures with a 4-1 win away at Norwich CBS.
Connor Field headed Wanderers in front before Bussens equalised and the home side struck the post.
Matt Blake then scored either side of the interval to put Wanderers 3-1 up,
Thrower hit the post just before full-time, before a 30 yarder from Darius Laws made it 4-1 to set up Wanderers for their Senior Cup semi-final on Wednesday. Wanderers had beaten Mulbarton Wanderers on the opening day,
Elsewhere in the division, LAKENHEATH thumped Wisbech St Mary 5-1. Rhys Mazey bagged a brace of goals, while Tom Thulborn, Ryan Weaver and Shaun Avis were also on target.
FRAMLINGHAM TOWN were well-beaten 4-0 at home to March Town United, while CORNARD UNITED drew 0-0 at home to Sheringham.
DEBENHAM LC were edged out 3-2 at Downham Town, LEISTON RESERVES were beaten 3-0at Fakenham Town and AFC SUDBURY RESERVES also lost, 2-0 at Great Yarmouth Town.