FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying: Didcot Town 4 Brentwood Town 2

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10-man Brentwood Town are out of the FA Cup after they let slip an early two goal lead, as they lost 4-2 away to Didcot Town and fall short of a place in the FA Cup first round proper.

‘The Blues’ set off at a canter and grabbed an early two goal lead as Craig Reid opened the scoring for Brentwood with a long range strike. Jamie Guy doubled Brentwood’s advantage shortly afterwards, as he smartly tucked away his shot.

Didcot then started the comeback, as Mark Janes’ low strike found its way past Norton. The equaliser came just before half-time as Jack Longford’s bullet header brought Didcot back on terms.

Joshua Banton was then sent off for violent conduct shortly into the second half.

Didcot broke down Brentwood and got infront, as Josh Dutton-Black slotted in and finished with a fourth – as Jack Powell put Didcot into the first round proper for the first time.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to their side that knocked out Hoddesdon Town in the previous round, as Jack Norton was drafted in for the absent Martyn Guest. Joshua Banton and Liam Hope replaced Andrew Freeman and Leon Fisher who drop to the bench.

Brentwood took an early lead just eight minutes in as Jamie Guy knocked the ball down to Craig Reid who spotted the keeper off his line and hit his shot from over 25 yards, to rocket into the back of the net.

‘The Blues’ extended their advantage within two minutes of the first, after a loose pass from the Didcot defender put Guy in to burst towards goal and slotted it past Leigh Bedwell.

Didcot were back in the game within six minutes, as the ball was worked out to Janes and his snap shot skidded off the surface – to squirm underneath Jack Norton.

Reid went for another spectacular shot on the volley this time from 20 yards, which was scrambled away by Bedwell.

Didcot grabbed the equaliser five minutes before the break, as James Heapys’ clipped cross to the far post was met by Longford to power his header home.

Brentwood almost converted virtually from the restart, as a goal mouth scramble was poked goalwards by Reid which had to be cleared off the line by Andrew Ballard.

In the second half, Reid was put through on goal and as he tried to tuck it past Bedwell he wasequal to it as he palmed the shot away with a strong hand.

Brentwood were reduced to 10-men just seven minutes in, after Banton was penalised for pulling the Didcot players shirt, as he retreated he then retaliated with a head-butt on substitute Jack Powell and was sent to the stands.

Didcot pilled on the pressure, as Brentwood were a man down – Longford’s volley on the edge off the box was well-saved by Norton down low to his left.

From the resulting corner, Adam Learoyds’ header looked goal bound but for Nicky Symons to instinctively hook the ball off the line, to keep Didcot at bay.

Brentwood were on the ropes and were stretched at the back, as the home side found a breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining, from a loose ball which was not cleared by the Brentwood defence as Dutton-Black swept the ball inside the far post.

‘The Blues’ were so near to an equaliser after a poor back pass from the keeper Bedwell, to give Guy a one-on-one but his shot was saved again by Bedwell to make up for his opening mistake.

The home side finished with a flourish in injury-time due to Brentwood being outnumbered at the back. Heapy made his second assist after surging forward and cut the ball across the box for an unmarked Powell to fire in from close range – to put Didcot into the draw for the first round proper.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Jack Norton, 2 Joshua Banton, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Shad Ngandu (75), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Craig Reid, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Liam Hope (53)

Substitutes: 12 Tom Richardson (88), 14 Jordan Holdsworth, 15 Andrew Freeman (53), 16 Leon Fisher, 17 Laurence, 18 Robbie Rees (75), 20 Matt Belcher

Didcot Town: 1 Leigh Bedwell, 2 James Heapy, 3 James Organ, 4 Andrew Ballard, 5 Luke Carnell ©, Adam Learoyd, 7 Jack Longford, 8 Jack Self, 9 Mark Janes (17), 10 Mark Francis, 11 Josh Dutton-Black

Substitutes: 12 Jack Powell (17), 14 Jimmy Deabill, 15 Matthew Woodley, 16 Graham Edney, 17 Kieran Collins, 18 Joel Thompson (64), GK Josh Gannon

Attendance: 347

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FA Cup Third Qualifying Round: Hoddesdon Town 0 Brentwood Town 0

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Brentwood Town were denied a place in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup after they were held goalless away to Hoddesdon Town at Lowfield.

Neither side could grab the all-important goal to go through to the next round despite Hoddesdon’s great efforts – who are the equivalent to two leagues below Brentwood, as they look to the replay at the Arena on Tuesday.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to his side that lost at home to Mersham, as Andrew Freeman replaces the injured Leon Gordon at left-back. New signing Craig Reid from Kidderminster comes in to join Brentwood’s frontline for Tom Richardson, as Leon Fisher starts replaces Sam Lechmere.

Hoddesdon had the brighter start, as a long ball up by Reece Buck was flicked on to put Tommy Wade through on goal but his shot was straight at Martyn Guest.

Brentwood had their first threat on goal, as Nicky Symons whipped the ball back into the box from a half clearance – which Captain Martyn Stokes headed goalwards but went just wide of the far post.

Hoddesdon put Brentwood under pressure through a succession of corners as Charlie Edwards’ high corner was headed high at the far post by Jack Barrett which bounced off the outside of the post and off Guest.

The resulting corner was then taken by Ricky Light on the opposite side which Guest had to palm over the bar, as it almost went straight in to deny Hoddesdon the lead.

The home side should have opened the scoring, as the ball was worked out wide for Joss Lillis who cut the ball back across the box for Wade to shoot from six-yards but came back off the post.

In the second half, Edwards had another dangerous set piece which Barrett met but was cleared acrobatically by Stokes to deny ‘The Lilywhites’.

Brentwood then had an opportunity, as Hahn’s long throw was flicked on by Ryan O’Rawe which came off the top of the crossbar.

‘The Blues’ had were mounting the pressure on the home side, as Leon Fisher burst down the left flank and squared the ball across the box for Jamie Guy, who could not turn it in.

Brentwood almost snatch the tie with five minutes remaining, as Reid’s low shot bounced off the post and came back into the hands of Buck’s, as both sides had to settle for a replay.

Hoddesdon or Brentwood will know their opponents going into the replay back at the Brentwood Arena on Tuesday evening for either side to make history and reach the fourth qualifying round for the first time.

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 Shad Ngandu, 9 Craig Reid, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Leon Fisher (83)

Substitutes: 12 Liam Hope (83), 14 Sam Lechmere, 15 Philip Anderson, 16 Jordan Holdsworth, 17 Joshua Banton, 18 Tom Richardson, 19 Charlie Portway

Hoddesdon Town Lineup: 1 Reece Buck, 2 Ollie Sharman ©, 3 Ed Taylor, 4 Phil Lowen, 5 Jack Barrett, 6 Ryan McMenemy, 7 Ricky Light, 8 Joss Lillis (79), 9 Tommy Wade, 10 Charlie Edwards, 11 Brett O’Connor

Substitutes: 12 Glen Draper, 14 Mark Twumasi, 15 Connor Scully, 16 Dan Ferrigno, 17 Max Mitchell (79), 18 Harry Spicer

Attendance: 420

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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

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