Football: Aveley make good progress in FA Cup

FA Cup Second Qualifying Rounbd

Brantham Athletic 0 v 3 Aveley

AVELEY avoided a potential banana skin to win on Saturday’s FA Cup Second Qualifying round.

Aveley travelled to Thurlow Nunn Premier Division underdogs Brantham Athletic knowing that the Blue Imps had already knocked out higher league opposition on their own patch.

But a solid, workmanlike display put the Millers through and in truth visiting keeper David Hughes had the quietest afternoon with barely an on target effort on his goal.

There was a rather ponderous start from both sides, with lots of possession given away and little fluency of play but Aveley gradually began to show their expected dominance and as they exerted an increasing stranglehold on possession they were rewarded with a 28th minute opening goal when a set piece move saw Freddie Gard pick out Harry Gibbs and the defender volleyed home from an angled position. 

There were other half chances to follow but Aveley could not put them away, with Athletic keeper Andrew Plummer making a fine save from Brad Sach to end the half.

Aveley made a strong start to the second stanza and in the opening moments of the half Mitch Gilbey cut inside onto his right foot and his shot hit the inside of the post before coming out. Sach followed up and his effort appeared to be handballed but no penalty was given.

The visitors’ dominance continued and was finally rewarded just before the hour when centre-back Steve Sheehan matched his fellow defender Gibbs’ strike with a close range header from a corner.

And the tie was put beyond any reach of Brantham when livewire sub Manny Ogunrinde set up Gilbey who was brought own in the box and Wyan Reid slotted home the penalty.

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