This afternoon saw the first round of the FA Cup take place, with 368 sides facing off in the Extra Preliminary Round. For the victors would come the spoils, and a cool £3000 in guaranteed prize money.
In our featured game this afternoon Tuffley Rovers were comprehensively beaten 4-1 by Spartans South Midlands League side Colney Heath. After Warren Mann put Rovers in front from the spot goals from Greg Shaw and Harvey Scott, either side of a Josh Humbert brace saw Rovers depart at the Extra Preliminary Round for the fifth time in seven seasons.
Elsewhere, a late James Campbell screamer was enough for Longlevens to win at Holmer Green, 1-0. Ash Caldwell & Harrison Reeves struck for Brimscombe & Thrupp as they won at Holyport 2-1. Lydney Town won by the same scoreline at AFC Hayes thanks to goals from Lewis Thompson & Frankie Johnson.
At Kayte Lane a Brad Martin hattrick in addition to a Harrison Iddles opener and Elliott Kennedy penalty saw Bishops Cleeve romp home 5-2 against Stotfold. Ardley United scored seven to beat Shortwood United 7-0 and Fairford Town were defeated 2-0 away to Hadley.
Today’s Results in full:
AFC Hayes 1-2 Lydney Town
Bishops Cleeve 5-2 Stotfold
Hadley 2-0 Fairford Town
Holmer Green 0-1 Longlevens
Holyport 1-2 Brimscombe & Thrupp
Tuffley Rovers 1-4 Colney Heath
After these results the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup is nearly complete. Here are the ties involving our local sides.
Bishops Cleeve vs North Greenford United
Brimscombe & Thrupp vs Hayes & Yeading United
Cirencester Town vs Windsor/Highworth Town (Replay to be played midweek after a 3-3 draw)
Colney Heath vs Cinderford Town
Coventry United/Rugby Town (Tie to be played Sunday 12th August) vs Evesham United
Northwood vs Longlevens
Royal Wootton Bassett vs Lydney Town
Slimbridge vs Wantage Town
(Ties to be played the weekend of 25th August 2018)
For a full list of today’s results click here.