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Pre-Season September

8 August 2017

The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round - Replay

Longlevens 5 Fairford Town 1
Longlevens booked their place in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup, with an emphatic replay win against Fairford Town at Saw Mills End.

It was the hosts who gained an early advantage however when a defensive mix up allowed Jason Milhench to sweep the ball in at the second time of asking. 

Longlevens got themselves back into the game on the 20 minute mark, when Dave Merrick was played in and he was able curled the ball past Mitchell, going in off the left hand post. Longlevens then took the lead as Brad Martin was allowed too much space inside the penalty area, he spun and curled a shot into the bottom left hand corner with his weaker foot.

Longlevens increased their lead just after half time, when another defensive mix up, this time from the visitors allowing Dave Merrick in. Similar to Martin's goal in the first game his first touch took him round Mitchell and he finished with his second touch for his second of the match. 

Fairford pushed hard to get a foot back into the game and brought on Manager Jody Bevan who played as a central striker in a front three. However the Longlevens back five stood firm and as the game became stretched their lead increased.  Brad Vanstone was released down the left, his pass found Jay Kennedy and he shot low into the bottom left hand corner. Then with five minutes to play Brad Martin was released down the right hand side, he cooly finished for his brace and Longlevens fifth. 

Longlevens 5 Fairford Town 1 (away view)
Fairford Town made an early exit from the Emirates FA Cup after a 5-1 extra preliminary round replay defeat at Longlevens on Tuesday evening. After Jason Milhench swept the visitors into a fourth minute lead, it looked as though it would be the Cinder Lane side who had the upper hand, but the hosts came back with vengeance and wrapped up a 5-1 win after a late second half flurry.

Midfielder Dave Merrick levelled the game up on 16 minutes with a superb curling effort past Ben Mitchell. Striker Brad Martin then curled in a similar effort six minutes before the break as the game turned on its head.

Jody Bevan had seen his side enjoy plenty of first half possession with several chances going begging in the opening 45 minutes, with striker Lee Smith being denied by the excellent Ashley Wintle in the home goal.

The visitors were made to pay when Merrick grabbed his second of the night after a defensive slip to put the hosts further in front. Longlevens made it 4-1 with substitute Jay Kennedy sliding home from close range on 78 minutes.And when Martin latched onto a through ball three minutes from time, he added the seal on a 5-1 score line to set up a tie at Hanwell Town on Saturday 19 August.

Fairford had enjoyed 54% possession and registered 17 shots during what was an entertaining encounter, but were left to rue missed opportunities against a resolute and unified Longlevens outfit who visit Cinder Lane on Wednesday 16th August.

London Colney 2 Highworth Town 4
Awaiting Report


Faringdon Memorial Cup Round 1

Clanfield 2 Letcombe 2 (Letcombe won 4-3 on penalties)

These two teams met in the final of the Faringdon Thursday Memorial cup last season when Clanfield were successful, but Letcombe gained their revenge by eliminating the holders on penalties in this first round tie.

Both sides tried to play good passing football on an excellent playing surface, but it was the hosts who had the better of the early exchanges, with the tricky Zac Oliver causing Letcombe problems on the right. Clanfield took the lead when a cross come shot from Carl Roberts eluded the despairing jump of Letcombe keeper Charlie McCreadie and dropped just inside the far post.   Letcombe responded well and equalised two minutes before the break, Sam Mulvey sending a curling shot into the net via the upright from 25 yards.

Clanfield regained the lead ten minutes into the second half, Joe Hiscock taking advantage of a defensive error to drive a lot shot just inside the post.   Letcombe again pressed forward, and had a great chance to equalise when home keeper Mike Bourne brought down Jamal Lawrence as he was about to put the ball into the net, and was shown the red card Outfield player Lee Toomey took over in goal, and immediately saved the resulting penalty from Conor Lynch. Clanfield substituted the influential Zac Oliver, and Letcombe gradually took control of the game, and Ben Hummel was on hand to score his first goal for the club after Toomey had saved well from Alex Fragata.   Hummel shot over the bar when well placed, but with no more goals, the match was decided on penalties.

Shemar Pettet scored for Letcombe, but when Alex Fragata`s kick was saved, Letcombe found themselves 2-1 behind.   Dan Bailey found the net, and Clanfield`s third penalty cleared the crossbar to level proceedings. With Jamal Lawrence and Conor Lynch both scoring, Clanfield had to convert their last spot-kick, but put it wide.

This was a spirited battling performance from the Letcombe lads. They can play better, but deserve great credit for never dropping their heads and twice coming from behind to secure victory. They will now host Purton in the second round next Tuesday, 15th August, kick off 6.30pm.

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