FA Cup Second Round Qualifying: Brentwood Town 3 Croydon FC 1

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Brentwood Town progress to the FA Cup third qualifying round after a 3-1 home victory against Croydon FC, at the Arena.

Shad Ngandu opened Brentwood’s account for his third goal of the season with a simple tap in from Mitch Hahn’s saved header.

Hahn grabbed a superb second goal for ‘The Blues’ for his third cup goal of the campaign with a volley on the edge of the box.

Jamie Guy gave Brentwood a healthy 3-0 lead as he tucked his low shot in from inside the box. Croydon replied shortly after as left back Jamelle Hudson burst forward to slot in.

Brentwood made two changes to their side that lost 2-0 away to Leiston midweek as, Liam Hope and Robbie Rees were shifted to the bench as Sam Lechmere and Tom Richardson both start.

The home side took an early lead with the first shot on goal seven minutes in as, Jamie Guy’s cross was met by Mitch Hahn at the far post – which was saved but Ngandu reacted first to the rebound to scramble the ball in.

Croydon threatened through Tristan Toney as he received the ball with his back to goal turned and his shot had to be palmed over the bar by Martyn Guest, to deny the visitors.

‘The Blues’ had another opportunity as Guy down the left flank got to the by-line, cut back inside and selfishly took the shot – which was held by Dan Carpanini at his near post, despite other options on the edge of the box.

Brentwood doubled their lead just on the half hour mark as, Sam Lechmere beat his man down the left and cut it to the edge of the box for Hahn to hit a sweetly struck volley into the bottom corner.

Just before the break, a long hit cross came to Hahn he was given time to whip in a cross which  Richardson got his head on but went narrowly wide of the far post.

In the second half, Brentwood extended their lead eight minutes in as Guy was given the ball just outside the box, got the ball out his feet and tucked it inside the near post.

Croydon got a goal back just four minutes later, after Brentwood gave the ball away cheaply and Hudson capitalised and burst on goal and tucked it beyond Guest.

Despite the visitors second half pressure Brentwood saw out the game to progress to the next round, with the draw taking place Monday afternoon.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Phil Anderson (64), 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Martyn Stokes ©, 7 Sam Lechmere (72), 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Tom Richardson (63), 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Mitch Hahn

Substitutes: 12 Liam Hope (72), 14 Jordan Holdsworth (63), 15 Paul Goodacre (64), 16 Daryl Robson, 17 Leon Fisher, 18 Robbie Rees, 19 Josh Banton

Croydon Lineup: 1 Dan Carpanini, 2 Michael Craverio, 3 Jamelle Hudson (81), 4 Zach Beedon, 5 Harry Brockman (74), 6 Cedric Abrahams, 7 Lauris Chin (60), 8 Andy Mott, 9 Tristian Toney, 10 Karl Douglin, 11 Al Hassan Oshilaja

Substitutes: 12 Nathan Turner (74), 14 Ben Mizen (81), 15 George Ede, 16 Jeff Frimpong (60), 17 Barry Tyson-Goodon

Attendance: 160


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