Big non-league round-up: FA Cup and league action
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Bury Town and Leiston both progressed through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, after wins over Waltham Abbey and Leighton Town respectively this afternoon, although Brantham Athletic bowed out at home to Aveley.
BURY TOWN were good value for their 4-1 home win over Waltham Abbey in front of another all-ticket crowd of 400 at Ram Meadow yesterday afternoon.
Cemal Ramadan broke the deadlock inside the first minute, and doubled the Blues’ lead via a 53rd minute penalty.
Jake Chambers-Shaw killed off the tie with a sweetly-struck long-range shot in the 76th minute, and although Aron Gordon pulled a goal back for the Abbotts, Bury substitute Cruise Nyadzayo netted a fourth for the hosts on 89 minutes.
Bury took just 25 seconds to get their noses in front, thanks to Ramadan’s clinical finish.
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Ramadan sneaked behind the Abbott’s defence, running onto a through ball and guiding a first-time shot low into the corner of the net.
It was the perfect way to resume competitive action after the disappointment of having the midweek home league match against Witham Twn abandoned because of fog in controversial fashion, when leading 5-0 with just seven minutes remaining.
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Bury continued to boss the first period, but without managing to add to their tally.
On seven minutes, a free-kick was only half-cleared as far as Ramadan, whose snap shot flew wide of target.
Abbotts keeper Simon Jorgenson smothered a long-range free-kick by Will Gardner in the 17th minute, while four minutes later the onrushing Ramadan so nearly diverted home a dangerous delivery from Carlos Edwards at the far post.
Waltham Abbey were reduced to 10 men in the 26th minute when winger Prince Domafriyie was sent off for a rash late challenge on right-back Connor O’Reilly. Domafriyie was shown a straight red card for serious foul play.
Down to 10 men, the visitors ironically then had a good spell. Bury centre-half Taylor Hastings did well to block a goalbound shot by Jack Daveney just after the half-hour mark, and keeper Joe Rose was tested by a well-struck 25-yarder by Douglas on 42 minutes.
Ramadan spurned a good chance to double the lead in the last minute of the first half. He blazed over the top from a good position, after being teed up by Jake Chambers-Shaw.
Seven minutes into the second half and Bury were awarded a soft-looking penalty, for a foul on Chambers-Shaw in a central position, just inside the box.
And up stepped Ramadan to stroke home the ensuing penalty to double the lead in the 53rd minute.
Just before the hour mark, Gardner ghosted in at the near post to head narrowly wide from Edwards’ corner, as Bury looked to kill off the team.
Ramadan sensed a chance for his hat-trick when homing in on goal, but his low shot rolled across the face of goal and wide of the far upright. Another Ramadan effort, when clean through, was smothered by keeper Jorgenson on 63 minutes.
Jorgenson again denied Ramadan his hat-trick goal in the 75th minute, this time saving with his legs after being set up by substitute Max Maughn, and Chambers-Shaw hit the bar shortly afterwards from a narrow angle.
However, Chambers-Shaw did bag Bury’s third goal just seconds later, arrowing a low shot into the net from the edge of the box, following a corner.
The Abbotts scored a consolation goal in the 81st minute, Aron Gordon lashing home a shot into the roof of the net from close in following hesitancy at the back.
Substitute Nyadzayo restored Bury’s three-goal advantage in the 89th minute with a superb solo goal. He capped a strong run with a cracking shot that swerved into the far corner of the net, giving Jorgenson no chance.
BURY: Rose, O’Reilly, Gardner, Hood, Altintop (sub Maughn, 35), Hastings, Chambers-Shaw, Edwards, Hughes (sub Nyadzayo, 77), Ramadan (sub Mills, 90), Snaith. Unused subs: Cook, Mayhew.
WALTHAM ABBEY: Jorgenson, Appiah, Daniel, Twumasi (sub Baker, 68), Dear, Ehui (sub Holland, 72), Domafriyie, Daveney, Robert-Smith (sub McKenzie, 58), Douglas, Gordon. Unused subs: Koranteng, Ungdui.
Meanwhile, LEISTON scored twice early on to win 2-1 at Leighton Town.
Liam Jackson tucked home a sixth minute penalty to out Leiston ahead, and he was then involved in the build-up which ended with Will Davies doubling the lead on 14 minutes.
Leighton Town halved the deficit in the 28th minute through Archie McClelland.
Kyle Hammond struck a post for the visitors midway through the second half, and Sam Donkin made a smart save at the other end on 76 minutes, but Leiston held on for victory.
BRANTHAM ATHLETIC were beaten 3-0 at home by higher-level opposition in Aveley.
Jack Marshall volleyed a chance wide for the hosts, but otherwise Aveley bossed the first half, despite only having one goal to show for their dominance.
A fine corner by Freddie Gard was volleyed home by Harry Gibbes for the opening goal, and it needed a terrific save by Andrew Plummer to prevent Brad Sach from doubling the lead before half-time.
On 47 minutes, Mitch Gilbey struck the post as Brantham tried to stay in the tie.
However, the Millers did go 2-0 up around the hour mark, from another corner delivered by Gard. This time Steve Sheehan headed home.
Brantham threatened on the counter-attack in the 75th minute. James Lee powered through on goal, only to drag his effort wide.
Wyan Reid converted a late penalty to make it 3-0 and so end Brantham’s fine run in the competition.
BRANTHAM ATHLETIC: Plummer, Madley, Marshall, Crisell (sub Johnny Lee), Mallardo, Owen-Jones, Pelling (sub James Lee), Neale, Brothers, Shaikly (sub Watkins), Hayden. Unused subs: Simpson, Lawler.
Meanwhile, in the Suffolk derby in a rearranged Southern League Premier Central match, league leaders NEEDHAM MARKET beat Lowestoft Town 3-1 at Bloomfields, despite being down to 10 men for more than 55 minutes.
Jake Dye broke the deadlock in the 14th minute with his first league goal for the club, converting Gareth Heath’s free-kick at the far post.
Byron Lawrence swept home the Marketmen’s second in the 19th minute, following a cross by Ben Fowkes and good work by Billy Hunt.
Jake Reed pulled a goal back for Lowestoft on 29 minutes from close range, and the visitors must have sensed a way back into the game when Needham defender Keiran Morphew was sent off for a professional foul on 35 minutes.
However, Callum Page restored Bury’s two-goal lead in the 68th minute. Fowkes’ effort from a narrow angle was tipped onto the bar by keeper Luis Tibbles, only for Page to bury the rebound from a few feet out.
NEEDHAM: Garnham, Dye, Sturgess (sub Mills, 59), Lawrence, K Morphew, D Morphew, Page, Heath, Hunt (sub Pollard, 41), Collard, Fowkes (sub Ingram, 77). Unused subs: Fitzgerald, Marsden.
AFC SUDBURY suffered their fourth straight defeat in all competitions, when slumping to a 3-0 home loss at the hands of Hullbridge Sports in the Isthmian League North this afternoon.
Hullbridge were 1-0 up at half-time through George Cocklin, and they added further goals in the second half through Lewis Watson (75) and Joseph Wright (85).
AFC SUDBURY: Collins, Adams (sub Banyard, 82), Munday (sub Girling, 73), Holland, Grimwood, Whight, Hunter, Maycock, Marks, Temple, Skubich (sub Mayhew, 58). Unused subs: O’Malley, Hollando.
FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED salvaged a point through Callum Bennett’s 90th minute penalty to earn a 2-2 home draw against Coggeshall Town, in another Isthmian League North clash.
The Seasiders are unbeaten in the league so far, with two draws and one win from three games.
Aryton Coley put the Seed Growers 1-0 up on 25 minutes, only for Larnell Howell to equalise for the Seasiders just two minutes later.
Striker Matt Price restored Coggeshall’s lead on the stroke of half-time, but Bennett converted a last minute penalty to secure a good point.
FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED: Robinson, Bennett, Jopling, Gooch (sub Aitkens, 63), Kerridge, Nunn, Barley, Matthews, Canfer, Powell (sub Schaar, 62), Howell. Unused subs: Wiggins, Ainsley, Hammond.
In the Thurlow Nunn Premier, HADLEIGH UNITED moved up to fifth in the table with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over WOODBRIDGE TOWN.
Kade Ivatt netted the opener from Mason Ransome’s 52nd minute corner, while Matt Paine slotted home the second from anotrher corner just five minutes later.
WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS are fourth in the table, after a resounding 4-0 home victory over HAVERHILL ROVERS.
But WHITTON UNITED went down 4-2 at STANWAY ROVERS, the Essex hosts claiming the points through a brace from Dan Gilchrist (54 & 80), Jake Phillips (59) and Harry Thomas (15). It was 1-1 at half-time.
MILDENHALL TOWN triumphed 4-1 at home to GORLESTON, which was the same scoreline ata second-placed NORWICH UNITED, who beat visiting NEWMARKET TOWN 4-1.
Leaders Wroxham won 4-0 away at LONG MELFORD.
After a fairly tepid first half, when neither team caused a lot of excitement, Melford seemed to capitulate in the second period.
The opening goal came after 56 minutes for Wroxham, and was a fairly simple affair. A raking ball from defence found Ryan Miles with space down the Melford right flank and his cross came to Brad Spooner who hammered the ball home.
It got worse pretty quickly for Melford. A corner by Harley Black saw the unmarked central defender Chris Skipper heading home with ease.
Shaun Taylor netted the third on 66 minutes and Melford’s despair turned to misery in added time when Matt Ward made it four from the angle.
In Thurlow Nunn One North, IPSWICH WANDERERS went top of the league after defeating King’s Lynn Reserves 3-1 at home.
Wanderers went top due to Lakenheath’s defeat and a fine fightback against a very good Lynn side.
Lynn took the lead when Rasberry crossed to the far post and Taylor tapped the ball home.
Brand denied Taylor a few more times before Wanderers levelled when Mrozek concerted from close range.
Driscoll then volleyed Wanderers in front after kincaid’s cross had only been partially cleared.
Brand denied Taylor again the second half and Leggett and Bolt went close before Blake sealed the win with a sharp turn and shot which the keeper got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
In the Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior Division, the poorest HENLEY ATHLETIC performance of the last five years saw them tumble to a 0-4 home defeat against newly promoted side HALESWORTH TOWN.
From the first whistle Henley seemed confused and in some disarray at the back and gifted Halesworth an early lead, leaving Whiteman totally unmarked from a corner to power home a downward header from six yards out.
A misplaced pass when playing out from the back saw Halesworth deservedly take a 2-0 lead when presented with the ball just outside the Henley box, Payne making no mistake.
Henley seemed unable to either get the ball forward or to keep possession and in almost a carbon copy of their first goal Moore found himself unmarked at a corner to head home the third goal.
Further errors saw the ball dished up on a plate for Payne, who gratefully accepted and helped himself to a fourth goal for Halesworth.
The large contingent of supporters from Halesworth were understandably buoyant at the break, while the Henley Ultras were a little bewildered at the performance they had just witnessed.
Thankfully the management rang the changes during half time, changing both personnel and shape and a more recognisable Henley came out for the second half.
But despite having much more possession, a combined desire and a higher work-rate couldn’t break down the well-drilled Halesworth defence to find either a route back into the game or even a consolation goal, Storey coming the closest hitting the bar late on.