Maidenhead United 2, Aylesbury United 0
A much-changed Maidenhead United side eased into the next round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup against 2014 finalists Aylesbury United last night.
The Magpies, who made a raft of changes from the team that defeated Weston-super-Mare 3-0 just over a week ago, started with Jordan Cox in partnership with Charlie Strutton up front, while Sam Barratt and Ryan Upward were also included after recovering from recent injuries.
United were the dominant side from the first whistle, and struck the post as early as the second minute when Christian Smith fed Kyran Wiltshire and his effort from 18 yards clattered against the Aylesbury post.
Barratt, who went for a trial with Bristol Rovers in pre-season, was the next to test the Ducks keeper with a left-footed shot in the 22nd minute, while the rebound was lifted over the bar by Strutton.
The home side made the breakthrough their early dominance deserved in the 34th minute when Wiltshire ran onto Barratt’s cross and tucked the ball into the bottom corner. Barratt might have doubled the Magpies lead from Christian Smith’s fine pass but his shot was tipped around the post a minute before the break.
Cox was cursing his luck when he struck the inside of the post in the 53rd minute but the striker was rewarded with his first competitive goal for the club in the 76th minute when he netted from James Hammonds’ cross.
A solid night’s work from the Magpies sees them fly on to the next round and a quarter final date at Marlow in early November. The other ties to be played before November 11 are Aylesbury v Chesham United, Wantage Town v Hungerford Town while Milton Keynes Dons will visit the winners of Slough Town’s match against Beaconsfield SYCOB.
Slough Town 9, Ashford Town (Middx) 2
Slough Town bounced back from Saturday’s agonising FA Cup defeat to Dartford with a 9-2 victory under the lights of Arbour Park over Ashford Town (Middx) in the league cup.
The Rebels led 4-1 inside 20 minutes, but Ashford had the temerity to take the lead in the fourth minute when Max Herbert found the net from the edge of the box.
They led for barely three minutes, however, as Lewis Putman curled home a free-kick before Charlie Moone’s bicycle kick from Warren Harris’ cross made it 2-1 a minute later. A driving run and finish from Simon Dunn brought up Slough’s third and a sprinting Putman lifted the ball into the roof of the net for the home side’s fourth. Moone side-stepped Daley to roll in the Rebels’ fifth just after the half-hour and a one-sided first half display was capped off when Lee Togwell poked in the rebound after Moone’s shot was blocked.
Putman was denied his hat-trick when Daley saved his spot-kick in the 54th minute and Kam English reduced the deficit with a goal in the 61st minute. But Slough’s sluggish start to the second period was ignited when Guy Hollis planted home a header from James Dobson’s free-kick and Pritpal Raju then won and converted a penalty for his first for the club. The icing was then spread over the performance when Putman did, finally, get his hat-trick with a curling free-kick from the edge of the area with 10 minutes to play.
Afterwards Neil Baker said: “Professional performance from our lads in the league cup. Great crowd of 314 for this type of game. Good to blood some youth also.”
Flackwell Heath 2, Thame Rangers 3
A Thames Rangers won their ninth straight match to knock holders Flackwell Heath out of the Wycombe Senior Cup at Wilks Park last night.
The visitors came into the game in sensational form, having scored 46 goals and conceded none this season, but the Heathens were also keen to bounce back from Saturday’s unexpected 4-0 defeat at Tuffley Rovers.
Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan for Paul Shone’s men as they fell 3-0 down before mounting a comeback in the final stages.
Thame had a man sent off and Danny Burnell scored twice to put the tie on a knife-edge, while the visitors benefitted from a disallowed goal to go through 3-2.
Flackwell will be hoping for better when they host another Thame team, Thame United on Saturday.
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