Longlevens limp out of FA Vase on tough afternoon against Shaftesbury

Longlevens bowed out of the FA Vase after suffering a 3-0 defeat in their FA Vase First Round tie at home to Shaftesbury.

Craig Martin’s men went into the game without trio Brad Martin, Kane WInman and James Sunley and made three changes to the line-up that started their midweek win over Shrivenham.

Levens started the game slowly and nearly went behind inside the opening three minutes when Nick Swann’s volley saw Ellis Parker produce a spectacular diving save to keep it out.

Rudi McKinnon had Longlevens’ first chance of the contest when his shot was nearly spilled into the net by Shaftesbury keeper Alex Cull.

Within sixty seconds the hosts found themselves a goal behind and it came from a nice flowing move down the Shaftesbury right hand side. The ball was sprayed out to the wing and the cross was swept home by striker Asa Phillips.

Fin Kent curled an effort straight at Cull as Longlevens attacked straight from kick off before Shaun O’Connor curled a free kick over from wide on the left.

Then with 22 minutes on the clock Shaftesbury doubled their lead through Luke Delaney. The midfielder cut in from the left hand side and whipped the ball into the far corner – leaving Ellis Parker helpless.

The first half saw Longlevens huff and puff but there was a distinct lack of quality with their play and had Parker to thank for still being in the game at the break.

Luke Burbidge played a one two on the edge of the Longlevens box, side stepped his man and was in on goal. But Parker stood tall to block the effort and keep his side in the Vase.

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The second half started with a flurry of Longlevens chances as Rudi McKinnon had a free kick deflected through to Cull, Captain Shaun O’Connor had a shot blocked out for a corner, from which Joey Haswell headed wide.

Out of nowhere it should have been 3-0 when Fin Kent was dispossessed just outside the Levens box and the ball was laid right to Luke Delaney. Delaney created space for himself but skied his effort from just inside the box.

In the end the tie was sealed inside the final 10 minutes when a through ball was played for Shaftesbury substitute Aidan Shepard to run in on goal and slot past Parker to secure his side’s place in the next round of the FA Vase.

Rudi McKinnon and Ethan Dunbar had late chances for Longlevens to pull one back but their efforts were saved and blocked respectively.

Longlevens only have a couple of days to dust themselves down before they host Hereford Lads Club at Saw Mills on Wednesday night.

Longlevens: Parker, Emery, S Martin, Long, Lawrence, Williams, McKinnon, O’Connor, Dunbar, Haswell, Kent

Subs: Westrip, Talbot, Plant, Younger, Barnett

Shaftesbury: Cull, Foot, Hill, Frost, Beard, Kellaway, Delaney, Swann, Phillips, Burbidge, Pope

Subs: Bowles, Graham, Wilkinson, Shepard, Peel

M&S Roofing Man of the Match – Ethan Dunbar (Longlevens)

Elsewhere in the FA Vase Tuffley Rovers were beaten by Street despite Aaron Basford’s goal, as they lost 4-1, whilst Brimscombe & Thrupp earned their spot in the Second Round of the FA Vase thanks to a 2-1 win over Welton Rovers – with Ollie Pitt and Dave Woodfield on the scoresheet.

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