EVESHAM United set up an FA Cup third qualifying round tie against Chalfont St Peter as they defeated higher ranked Histon United 3-1 in Wednesday’s second qualifying round replay at the Jubilee Stadium.
Saturday’s first match in Cambridgeshire had ended 0-0 but the Robins finished the job on home soil to pocket a tidy £4,500 in prize money and set up a tie against Buckinghamshire’s Chalfont, who play at the equivalent level to Evesham in Southern League Division One Central.
Ashley Edenborough opened the scoring in the ninth minute when a clearance from keeper Kevin Sawyer found its way to Lance Smith, who created a shooting opportunity for himself that the keeper saved, but Edenborough followed up with a shot that went in off the bar.
Evesham continued to play well and should have gone into half time holding more than a one-goal lead.
Early in the second half another clearance from Sawyer went to Elliott Kennedy who forced his way into the box and fired powerfully into the net to put the hosts 2-0 up.
George Washbourne then missed a good chance for the hosts and soon afterwards Histon pulled a goal back through Nick Freeman in the 75th minute.
Kennedy missed a good opportunity with a header and Edenborough struck the bar with a free kick, but progress was secured in the 85th minute when Edenborough was brought down in the box and he scored with the resultant penalty.
The third qualifying round tie will take place at the Jubilee Stadium on October 11 but before that Paul Collicutt’s side host Swindon Supermarine in Southern League Division One South & West on Saturday before entertaining Clevedon Town on Tuesday.
IN SATURDAY’S initial tie the Robins were full value for their goalless draw at Histon as they produced a well organised display which frustrated the hosts at the Glass World Stadium.
United manager Collicutt received a boost before kick-off, when key players Linden Dovey, Marcus Jackson, Kennedy and Edenborough were all declared fit after recovering from injury.
A young Histon side made the early running, resulting in Freeman and Matt Lowe having long range efforts comfortably taken by Robins keeper Sawyer.
United grew in confidence as the half progressed and had penalty appeals turned down when Kennedy appeared to be fouled in the box by Ashley White, but referee Mr Taylor waved play on.
Last season’s leading scorer Smith then had a couple of headers saved as the Red & Whites finished the half on the front foot.
The pace of Washbourne down the left was a constant threat to the Histon defence in the second half, first shooting across the face of an unguarded goal and then setting up substitute Edenborough who forced an excellent save out of Histon stopper Enol Ordonez.
The reliable Sawyer was then called into action, making a smart stop from Mateusz Kuzimski, but it was United who pushed for the winner in the closing stages.
Duran Reynolds made brave blocks in and around the box to keep out Smith and the hardworking Carl Brown and then in stoppage time Edenborough escaped his marker, only to fire over Ordonez’s crossbar with the keeper beaten.
PERSHORE Town earned a well deserved 1-0 home victory over Stafford Town in Midland Football League Division One on Saturday.
The visitors’ keeper was tested in the early stages, twice saving long distance shots from Steve Roche.
With Pershore’s Craig Conner controlling the midfield, the hosts created chances and were denied the lead when Aaron Xavier converted a header at the back post, only for it to be disallowed for offside after 30 minutes.
Roche scored the only goal of the game in the 49th minute, after he intercepted a poor back pass and rounded the keeper to score.
Pershore, who spurned other chances to increase their lead, visit Midland Football League Premier Division outfit Walsall Wood in the FA Vase second qualifying round on Saturday before travelling to Southam United for a league match on Tuesday.
TWO first goals from James Schembri guided Littleton to a 2-1 victory at Lichfield City on Saturday to cement top spot in Midland Football League Division One.
Littleton host Alvis Sporting Club of Coventry on Saturday.