Woodbridge show fight in heavy FA Cup defeat at Swindon Supermarine

Liam Scopes scored Woodbridge's goal at Swindon Supermarine. Picture: PAUL LEECH

Liam Scopes scored Woodbridge's goal at Swindon Supermarine. Picture: PAUL LEECH - Credit: Archant

FA Cup First Qualifying Round Swindon Supermarine 7 Woodbridge Town 1 Woodbridge Town exited the FA Cup at Swindon Supermarine of the Evo-Stik Premier South, who play two leagues higher than the Woodpeckers, writes John Middleditch.

Former Ipswich Town star Carlos Edwards set up Woodbridge's goal. Picture: RICHARD SCOTT

Former Ipswich Town star Carlos Edwards set up Woodbridge's goal. Picture: RICHARD SCOTT - Credit: Archant

Clinical finishing in the second half by the home team, who scored three goals in eight minutes, decided the tie at the impressive Webbswood Stadium.

Matt Mackenzie’s lob was off target after six minutes for the visitors after a bad clearance by home keeper Josh Hill. Josh Parsons shot then went over the bar after 10 minutes for the home side.

A minute later they opened the scoring, with Stuart Fleetwood’s excellent first time finish to make it 1-0.

George Bowman’s shot from 20 yards tested Hill after 13 minutes but the Woodpeckers equalised after 15 minutes when Carlos Edwards’ accurate corner was headed in by Liam Scopes.

Kelsey Trotter went close for Woodbridge in their FA Cup defeat in Swindon. Picture: PAUL LEECH

Kelsey Trotter went close for Woodbridge in their FA Cup defeat in Swindon. Picture: PAUL LEECH - Credit: Archant


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Zak Westlake’s shot was cleared off the line by Aaron Churchyard after 21 minutes and after 25 minutes it was 2-1 to the home side when the dangerous Fleetwood’s cross was swept home by Parsons.

Away keeper Alfie Stronge denied Fleetwood with an excellent save and he blocked Parsons’s shot from the rebound. Luke Williams’ shot was off target for the home side after 40 minutes with the away side more then matching the home side at half-time.

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But Parsons scored his second after 47 minutes with a neat finish to make it 3-1 and after 51 minutes it was 4-1 when Ryan Campbell made no mistake with a close range effort.

Parsons completed his hat-trick after 55 minutes with another neat finish giving Stronge no chance to make it 5-1. Conor Mcdonaugh’s header was tipped over the bar by Stronge after 63 minutes and Kelsey Trotter’s shot was parried for a corner by Hill after 74 minutes.

Michael Hopkins’ cross was headed in by Zak Westlake to make it 6-1 after 76 minutes and after 78 minutes Williams’ cross was deflected in to make it 7-1.

Trotter’s effort was on target after 81 minutes for the visitors and Fleetwood hit the woodwork, but the Woodpeckers will feel great satisfaction after beating Clapton and Hadleigh United in previous rounds, with Callum Sinclair in particular causing the home side problems.

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