Competitive football is back! Although it could have come back in a better way for our sides in FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Tuesday night.
In our featured game goals from Warren Mann and Henry Birkett were mere consolations as a clinical Harefield United ran out 5-2 winners at Glevum Park.
Former QPR striker Richard Pacquette took the plaudits after a well taken hat-trick on a disappointing night for an inexperienced Tuffley side.
Elsewhere Tommy Callinan scored another FA competition goal for Longlevens and his strike gave his side hope of pulling off a comeback at Risborough Rangers, but two late goals saw the home side claim a 4-1 win.
Cheltenham Saracens played out a hard fought 0-0 draw at Burnham before losing on penalties.
Bishops Cleeve made the long journey to Watford and would come back empty handed after being beaten 1-0 by Oxhey Jets.
A goal inside 11 seconds put Cribbs on course to turn Newent Town’s FA Cup fairytale into a nightmare, as the Western League side ended up winning the tie 3-1.
Morgan Davies’ strike the highlight of the night for Newent in their first ever FA Cup appearance.
The winners of the night were Brimscombe & Thrupp and Fairford Town, who both advanced into the next round.
Brimscombe got there by claiming a 2-1 win at North Greenford United after goals by Jack Smith and Oli Barnes put them 2-0 to the good.
The hosts were awarded a soft penalty which gave them hope, but the Lilywhites held on to set up an all-Gloucestershire affair with Cinderford Town on 12th September.
Also in FA Cup and not Hellenic League action on the 12th will be Fairford after they edged out Lydney Town in a Gloucestershire derby.
After Sam Elliott was dismissed for bringing down Charlie Bailey, Nick Stanley rifled home the free kick to see Jody Bevan’s men set up a Preliminary Round tie with Edgware Town.
Other results of note include Coventry United beating Stourport Swifts 3-1 to set up a visit to he Jubilee Stadium to take on Evesham United and also Cirencester Town must wait until tonight to find out where they are heading for their Prelim tie as Flackwell Heath head to Roman Glass St George on Wednesday evening.
FA Cup Preliminary Round – Ties to be played the weekend of Saturday 12th September
Northwood vs Slimbridge
Brimscombe & Thrupp vs Cinderford Town
Evesham United vs Coventry United
Fairford Town vs Edgware Town
Roman Glass St George or Flackwell Heath vs Cirencester Town