December 14, 2017

FA CUP: Highworth progress as Fairford miss out

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Highworth Town are through to the next round of the FA Cup after a 4-2 win at London Colney.

After a 1-1 draw at the Elms on Sunday, Highworth were always in control in the replay at ‎Cotlandswick Park.

Ash Edenborough scored twice in the first half before completing his hat-trick early in the second period as Highworth romped ahead.

However the hosts clawed their way back into the contest as Kit Brown and Kambo Smith reduced the arrears to just a single goal.

But the away side held their nerve as skipper Tom Cole was on target following Ryan O’Hara’s corner as the Worthians progressed.

A home tie against Southern League Division One East side Marlow awaits in the Preliminary Round.

Meanwhile there was no FA Cup joy for Fairford Town who were dumped out by Longlevens.

An early goal from Jason Milhench gave the visitors the best possible start but a series of missed chances cost them dear.

Dave Merrick restored parity on 16 minutes with a superb curling effort past Ben Mitchell before Brad Martin then scored shortly before the interval to turn the game around.

Merrick extended the lead after a defensive error before Longlevens made it 4-1 with substitute Jay Kennedy notching from close range on 78 minutes.

Martin rounded off the scoring three minutes from time and despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession, Fairford suffered a 5-1 defeat.

Elsewhere, Shrivenham rounded off their pre-season schedule with a 3-3 draw with Bicester Town at Barrington Park.

Michael McNally’s side get their season underway on Saturday with a trip to Clanfield 85.

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