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Westfields In Another Cup Upset

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There were two Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round replays on Wednesday night and one produced an upset.

Midland League Premier Division outfit Westfields, who enjoyed an excellent run in the competition last season and hosted BBC`s `Football Focus` on First Round day, are at it again!

Allpay Park once again basked in FA Cup glory after the Hereford-based side beat Bostik League North visitors Soham Town Rangers 1-0.

It was goalless at the break, and although both sides made a bright start with chances for both, the half drifted to stalemate.

However, just 6 minutes into the second half, Alex Hainault, who hails from Montreal, Canada, grabbed the opener from close range after a fine Craig Jones cross.

Alex Hainault

It got worse for the Greens when, on 64 minutes, they were reduced to ten-men with the dismissal of James Tricks for a challenge deemed reckless as the physical battle hardened.

But, despite a couple of scares in the final few minutes, Westfields went through.

The joy of an FA Cup victory……

And they will host Vanarama National League North side Leamington in the next round on September 16th.

The evening`s other tie involved two of Soham`s league rivals, Grays Athletic and newly-promoted Hertford Town at Parkside.

Perry Dunn put Grays ahead after just 4 minutes.

But Tommy Wade, who grabbed Hertford’s equaliser in the original tie last Saturday, pulled the visitors back on level terms 8 minutes later.

Grays restored their advantage though when Jamie Slabber made it 2-1 with 28 minutes gone.

The game ebbed and flowed until the 65th minute when Charlie Edwards beat Grays `keeper Lamar Johnson to make it 2-2.

Neither side was able to trouble the scorer after that and so it was into extra-time.

And Hertford sub Daniel Ferrigno became their hero when he netted what proved to be the winner in the 98th minute.

Hopes of Grays mounting a comeback evaporated just before half-time of extra-time when they had Suley Zuhdu shown a second yellow card.

Hertford will now go on to face another Bostik North outfit, high-flying AFC Hornchurch, in the Second Qualifying Round.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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