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FA Trophy First Qualifying Round Replay: Brentwood Town 2 Aylesbury 0

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Brentwood Town progress to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy, as they won 2-0 against Aylesbury in the replay at the Arena.

A goal in each half secured their place in the next round, through Craig Reid’s strike 13 minutes in.

Brentwood doubled their lead with nine minutes remaining after Richardson was brought down inside the box and Liam Hope slotted in to secure Brentwood’s place in the next round.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to his side that played in the 1-1 draw at Aylesbury on Saturday. Philip Anderson, Sam Lechmere and Jamie Guy were replaced by Liam Hope, Tom Richardson and Laurence Vaughan.

Brentwood started brightly and almost opened the scoring three minutes in as a half clearance from Aylesbury came to Nicky Symons on the volley, which stung the hands of James Weatherill.

Tom Richardson intercepted the ball in the Aylesbury half and burst goalwards, his shot was originally spilled by Weatherrill but was eventually collected.

‘The Blues’ took the lead 14 minutes in, after Mitch Hahn raced down the left flank and cut the ball to Reid to steady himself and fire his shot into the bottom corner.

Aylesbury had a glorious chance to equalise 22 minutes in, as Ken Feyi was played in on goal. Paul Goodacre stalled his run under pressure but Feyi won the ball back and his shot on the turn hit the side netting.

The Evo-Stik Southern Division One side had another opportunity, as James Dobson clipped a ball towards the far post for Brian Haule to head just wide of the far post.

Richardson again caused the Aylesbury defence problems, as he out muscled Dobson but his snap shot went wide.

In the second half, Aylesbury nearly equalised 53 minutes in. Gareth Price arrowed in a fierce cross for Feyi who turned it goalwards but hit the crossbar from inside the six-yard box.

The visitors squandered another chance for a leveller, as substitute Ryan O’Toole was slotted in on goal but his shot with just Martyn Guest to beat was put wide.

Brentwood could have doubled their lead 73 minutes in, as the ball was given to Hahn on the edge of the box but his low shot was saved by Weatherill.

‘The Blues’ were again in search of a second goal and almost got it, as substitute Jamie Guy crossed the ball to the far post for Brentwood’s second substitute Sam Lechmere, which he headed wide.

Brentwood were awarded a penalty 81 minutes in, after Richardson fought his way into the box but was brought down by Dobson. Liam Hope then stepped up and coolly converted to book Brentwood’s place into the next round.

Brentwood Town will now travel away to face Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Bideford AFC in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy Saturday week.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Martyn Stokes, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Liam Hope, 9 Craig Reid (45), 10 Tom Richardson (87), 11 Laurence Vaughan (70)

Substitutes: 12 Jamie Guy (45), 14 Sam Lechmere (70), 15 Jordan Holdsworth (87), Joshua Banton, 17 Charlie Portway

Aylesbury Lineup: 1 James Weatherill, 2 Grant Fryer, 3 James Dobson, 4 Jon Montgomery (77), 5 Kyle Anthony © (60), 6 Nathan Bowden-Hasse, 7 Gareth Price, 8 Jeanmal Prosper, 9 Brian Haule, 10 Ken Feyi (85), 11 Aston Goss

Substitutes: 12 Ryan O’Toole (60), 14 Ben Bateman, 16 Rob Timlin, 17 Davis Haule (85), 18 Lynton Goss (77)

Attendance: 89


FA Trophy Preliminary Round: Brentwood Town 1 Redhill 1

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10-men Brentwood Town will go to a replay on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw with Ryman League South side Redhill at The Brentwood Arena.

Brentwood got an early lead through Yeshaya Lomotey in the first half but in the second Chris O’Flaherty equalised.

Danny Dafner was sent off for a second bookable offence just after the equaliser which put Brentwood on the back foot for the last 20 minutes.

Brentwood gained an early lead eight minutes in as a corner from Sam Bantick was flicked on by Captain Martyn Stokes and poked home By Lomotey.

Just under the half hour mark Jack Hope’s cross found Javlon Campbell whose header down was blocked by Bowles feet to deny Redhill.

Minutes into the second half debutant Owen Kibodi looked to be brought down by Hope by referee waved away play.

As the hour mark approached Lomotey span a ball in behind for Bantick burst in the box who shot was dragged wide.

Redhill equalised 65 minutes in as Chris O’Flaherty scored directly from a corner after it was not cleared by Bowles or Ngandu on the line.

Just seconds after the restart ‘The Blues’ went down to 10 men as Danny Dafner made a late challenge on Tyrone Pink and was given his second yellow of the game.

Redhill caught Brentwood on the break and made advantage of the extra man as Campbell shot was saved by Bowles, on full stretch.

Ngandu lifted a ball back into the box from the free-kick which Stokes shot on the volley was saved by Hunter.

In injury time Fiachra Mcardle shot went through the leg of Louis Baucutt but palmed away by Bowles to deny Redhill the win and rolls over to the replay on Tuesday.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Chrisitan Mbulu, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Shad Ngandu, 7 Jason Dobbs (81), 8 Danny Dafner, 9 Owen Kabodi (73), 10 Yeshaya Lomotey, 11 Sam Bantick,

Substitutes: 12 Sherwin Stanley (73), 14 Ashley Bankole (81), 15 Andrew Joslin, 16 James Pellin

Redhill Lineup: 1 Micheal Hunter, 2 Bradley Duke, 3 Rob Hill (63), 4 Scott Harris, 5 John Difford, 6 Jack Hope, 7 Tyrone Pink (81), 8 Joe Goldsmith, 9 Javlon Campbell, 10 Fiachra Mcardle, 11 Chris O’Flaherty

Substitutes: 12 George Cousins, 14 Kevant Sebony, 15 Tom Howard-Bold (63), 16 Leyton Regan (81), 17 Joe Bingham (72)

Attendance: 82

FA Trophy Final: Cambridge United 4 Gosport Borough 0

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Cambridge Break Gosports Dream to Claim FA Trophy

Cambridge United take the FA Trophy after a convincing 4-0 win against Gosport Borough at Wembley.

Josh Gillies grabbed the opener followed by a brace for Ryan Donaldson and finished with a penalty for Luke Berry.

Gosport started strong and looked the better side for the first 35 minutes with Nathan Ashmore keeping out shots from Ryan Bird and Josh Gillies.

Cambridge broke the deadlock seven minutes before half time as Josh Gilles lifted the ball over the defence for Ryan Bird to guide the ball over Ashmore who could not do anything about it.

Cambridge took their chance when it came and lead at the break despite Gosport being the better side overall and knocked the steam out of Gosport for the final seven minutes of the half.

In the second half Cambridge doubled their lead early on in the 50th minute Ryan Donaldson took down a great long pass by Ryan Bird and went round the keeper and slotted the ball in to double their lead.

On the hour mark Ryan Donaldson grabbed his second as Josh Gillies shot came off the post then pin balled around the box until it fell to Donaldson who struck it in to the bottom left hand corner.

Gosport had a claim for a penalty to give themselves a chance for a comeback but referee waved away appeals from the Gosport players.

Cambridge put the icing on the cake twelve minutes from time from the spot this time after Sam Pearce brought down Andy Pugh and Luke Berry stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Gosport almost got a consolation four minutes before the end as Dan Woodward hit the bar as Cambridge claimed their first ever FA Trophy.

18,120 Attendance

Cambridge manager: Richard Money

Gosport Manager: Alex Pike

Cambridge United Lineup: 13 Norris, 3 Taylor, 4 Coulson (5 Bonner 86), 6 Miller ©, 7 Donaldson, 8 Champion, 14 Tait, 17 Hughes (24 Arnold 73), 18 Berry, 25 Bird, 29 Gillies (15 Pugh 60)

Gosport Borough Lineup: 1 Ashmore, 2 Molyneaux, 3Forbes, 4 Brown (12 Williams 58), 5 Poate, 6 Pearce, 35 Carmicheal, 8 Smith, 9 Sills (15 Woodward 58), 10 Bennett, 18 Gosney (14 Wooden 71)

Unused Subs:

Cambridge United: 2 Kevin Roberts, 16 Mitch Austin

Gosport Borough: 11 Adam Wilde, 23 Ryan Scott