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Buildbase FA Vase Third Round Review (Part Two)

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Three sides from the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League made it through to the last 32 with Cogenhoe United claiming the headlines with a superb 2-0 win at high-flying Essex Senior League side Great Wakering Rovers, who were in great form in their league.

Ryan Ansell has twice been the match-winner for the Cooks in previous rounds, but he today he turned supplier as his crosses were headed home by Dan Stevenson on 66 minutes at the far and a looped header over the keeper by Ryan Dove 4 minutes from time.

Wisbech Town were favourites against Step 6 Midland League Division One Racing Club Warwick and they duly responded with a 2-0 win at Hampton Road.

Michael Frew had hit the post twice in the first half, but they finally made the breakthrough on 63 minutes when Frew squared for Alex Beck to fire home.

Josh Blake came on as a sub on 74 minutes for the home side and 60 seconds later he heading for the showers after being shown a red card for a nasty challenge on James Tricks.

The Fenmen had to wait until the 4th minute of stoppage time to finally wrap up the tie and it came when Marc Passey brought down Frew in the box and Sam Murphy calmly netted the spot-kick.

Desborough Town needed extra-time for the second round running and similarly they won the added 30 minutes 3-0.

This time it was a more sedate 1-1 at 90 minutes after John Dean’s 43rd header had been cancelled out by Chay Bettridge a minute before the final whistle.

Ar Tarn enjoy extra-time and Andy Hall put them back in front five minutes in and Dean went on to complete his hat-trick with strikes after 116 and 120.

Yaxley, however, suffered an `upset` by losing to Step 6 side Norwich CBS from the Thurlow Nunn League Division One.

The Vase seems to have brought the best out of Norwich CBS this season and they were straight on the front foot in the first half with Matthew Doyle sliding home to give them the lead.

It got better for the visitors when a long ball over the top was latched on to by James Page, who finished with aplomb.

The tie looked to be over before half-time when some lovely build-up play between Paul Cook and Dean Mortimer set up Doyle for his second of the afternoon.

Yaxley came out fighting in the second half and when they scored two quick goals the nerves of the CBS management were starting to fray. However, their players kept them composure to seal a famous victory.

The Thurlow Nunn League lost Gorleston, however, as they bowed out of the competition after a 4-2 loss at home to Spartan South Midlands Leaguers Leighton Town.

The Greens gave themselves a mountain to climb when they let their visitors breeze into a two-goal lead at the break, courtesy of goals from Tom Silford and Lewis McBride.

However, Stewart Larter’s men hit back in the second period and pulled level, thanks to goals from Joel Watts and Peter Lambert.

However, Leighton’s quality told in the latter stages with both Silford and McBride both scoring again to confirm their name in the hat for the next round.

The all-Essex Senior League tie Hullbridge Sports edged out Enfield 1893 3-2.

Jimmy Cox netted two penalties for the hosts as they squeezed through after a frenetic cup tie and become the league’s sole representatives in the final 32.

The hosts took the lead from a Cox penalty midway through the first half after an adjudged handball, and 4 minutes into the second half Cox netted another penalty, this after another handball that was originally given as a free-kick but changed after the referee consulted his assistant who said it was inside the box.

Enfield were then awarded their own spot-kick with just over 20 minutes remaining and John Bricknell converted this, and the Hullbridge keeper Jamie Merralls, who had come on for the injured Russell Harley, was sent-off for kicking out at Josh Sykes, meaning penalty hero Cox had to don the gloves for the final quarter of the game.

But Hullbridge then increased their lead when Harry Watkins thumped a terrific free-kick beyond Michael Corderoy, only to see Luke Thomas thump home for the visitors almost immediately afterwards to reduce the arrears.

However, despite late Enfield pressure Hullbridge stood firm to progress into the Fourth Round.

1874 Northwich are the only one of the Hallmarl Security League clubs left flying the League flag in the Vase.

The Greens emerged victorious from the all-Premier Division clash with Ashton Athletic, but Runcorn Linnets and City of Liverpool both lost their ties to Ebac Northern League opponents.

1874 Northwich’s 2-0 win over Ashton Athletic at the St Luke’s Barton Stadium was achieved through goals in each half from Ryan Mitchell and Jake Parker, and they now progress to the last 32 of the competition.

Runcorn Linnets almost staged a remarkable comeback at home to Marske United, after being three goals down to Craig Gott with two and Leon Carling with 15 minutes remaining.

A Daniel O`Brien penalty and a second goal from Antony Hickey gave Linnets a lifeline, but the visitors held out to win 3-2.

A 20th minute goal from Stockton Town’s Fred Woodhouse earned them a 1-0 win at home to City of Liverpool.

Four-times Vase winners Whitley Bay bowed out to two-time finalists West Auckland Town in one of two all-Northern League ties.

An enthralling game ended with West Auckland scoring a 97th minute winner to progress to the last 32.

It was a thrilling end to a thrilling match – West 3-1 down before mounting a sensational come back.

Bay could have been out of sight before then with chances cleared off the line whilst they headed over from yards out seconds after Aaran Wearmouth’s late, late winner.

In a game that had seven goals, there could have been more with West denied by a string of sensational saves by Tom Flynn and, when he was beaten, Anthony Bell’s penalty struck the inside of the post before bouncing across goal and out.

It was a shame that one side had to go out after such entertainment but whilst Bay players were laid heartbroken on the turf, West’s celebrated a win that seemed unlikely with two thirds of the match played.

The 2015 winners, North Shields, are also, losing 3-1 at Newcastle Benfield.

Paul Brayson hit the first of his hat-trick with a stunning strike in the 26th minute.

But the Robins quickly levelled as Craig McFarlane saw his free-kick nestle into the bottom corner.

Benfield restored their lead just after the break in fortuitous fashion as Joe Robson’s miss-clearance set up Brayson.

And the visitors failed to recover from their early second half set-back as the hosts’ ran out comfortable winners with Brayson adding his third from close-range in the 69th minute.

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