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Buildbase FA Vase Third Round Review (Part One)….

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In Saturday`s Buildbase FA Vase Third Round, South West Peninsula League side Plymouth Parkway suffered late agony as they were knocked out.

The Bolitho Park club had led at 1-0 and 2-1 and were into stoppage time against Midland League visitors Westfields, who looked as if they had forced extra-time with a stoppage time goal but then scored again to snatch a 3-2 win and thus end the league`s involvement in the Vase for another season.

Toolstation Western League Premier Division Bradford Town stormed into the Fourth Round following a 4-0 win at home to Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier outfit, Team Solent.

Danny Greaves side made the best possible start and were ahead inside the opening few minutes when Alex Monks converted an early penalty.

After being knocked out of two cup competitions in the month of November, Bradford saved their best performance for the Vase and went on to double their lead on the half-hour mark through Matty Morris.

After half-time the hosts had to soak up a fair bit of pressure, but after doing so they were able to push on and add to their victory margin with Sam Jordan and Pete Sheppard striking late in the piece.

Bradford`s league rivals Bridgwater Town and Melksham Town will have to meet in a replay on Monday evening after they drew 2-2 after extra-time at Fairfax Park.

All four goals came in a frantic 24-minute period at the beginning of the game, with Melksham taking less than 60 seconds to make the breakthrough when Jake Brown fired home.

Tyne Govier then equalised from the spot to score for the second consecutive Saturday, before Ryan Burrows completed the turnaround just 3 minutes later.

With only 24 minutes on the clock, Gary Higdon knocked home a penalty for his 18th goal in all competitions this season, but the goals then dried up for the remaining 100 minutes which has forced Monday’s replay.

Pontefract Collieries won Saturday’s all-Toolstation Northern Counties East League tie to be the league’s sole representatives in the last thirty-two of this season’s competition.

The Colls won 3-0 at home to fellow Premier Division side Worksop Town with Michael Dunn scoring either side of half-time before Vaughan Redford made sure of the victory in the 68th minute.

This is the furthest that they have got in their thirty years of taking part in the Vase and they will be hoping to emulate Cleethorpes Town who represented the NCEL in the final at Wembley in May.

All three of the Uhlsport Hellenic League sides are in Mondays’ Fourth Round draw.

Two of the Hellenic League teams still contesting were drawn against Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division sides.

In the game at Southern Counties East Leaguers Lordswood against Bracknell Town.

Bracknell were not at their best but in a tough fought game a Joe Grant goal in the 12th minute was enough to see them through to the next round.

Thatcham Town hosted Southern Counties Premier division leaders Sevenoaks Town and took the victory with a brace for Shane Cooper-Clark and one from Ekow Elliott, cancelling out Harrison Carnegie`s reply.

Windsor took the short journey to local opponents Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier team Walton & Hersham. Two Bradley Pearce goals it in the dying minutes secured the win for Windsor.

The Southern Counties East did get Crowborough Athletic through after a 1-0 win over Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League side Westfield.

Sam Crabb’s 58th minute goal was enough to take the Crows into the as the league`s only remaining representatives.

That`s because Beckenham Town were edged out 3-2 by Southern Combination Leaguers Eastbourne Town.

Becks held their 12th minute lead, scored by Richard Atkins, until 14 minutes from time when the visitors scored to force extra time.

Harry Ottoway gave becks the lead again but Eastbourne scored two more goals to go through.

And Eastbourne`s league rivals Chichester City ousted Whitstable Town 2-0.

City`s two goals came before the game was 6 minutes old.


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