The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE FOURTH ROUND - By Ian Townsend

BUCK­LAND ATH­LETIC ex­tended their long un­beaten run and ended that of Chich­ester City in an en­thralling con­test that was played in slip­pery con­di­tions.

The hosts were per­haps just shad­ing the match when they fell be­hind in the 26th minute.

Ath­letic winger Lloyd Gard­ner re­ceived the ball just in from the touch­line and found that no de­fender came to ap­ply pres­sure.

Gard­ner ad­vanced in­field five yards be­fore wal­lop­ing a 20-yard strike that was head­ing for the top cor­ner as soon as it left his boot.

Ten min­utes later, Bucks mid­fielder Richard Groves charged out of de­fence, played a beau­ti­ful one-two with Gavin Ham­mon and then set up Jared Lew­ing­ton to make it two.

Chich­ester worked hard af­ter the break, with striker Scott Jones prov­ing a hand­ful for the Ath­letic de­fence when­ever he had the ball, while Josh Clack worked tire­lessly down the right wing.

It was Jones who handed the Li­ly­whites a life­line, ris­ing at the far post to head his side back into the match mid­way through the half.

City con­tin­ued to ap­ply pres­sure and Dan Heg­garty should have done bet­ter when a cross found him un­marked, but he could only head the ball straight at Bucks keeper Grant Fisher with the goal gap­ing.

Ath­letic made the match safe with 12 min­utes to go, Lew­ing­ton again do­ing the dam­age as he pounced on a loose ball to fire home from 12 yards.

The Li­ly­whites kept go­ing and Jones had an ef­fort dis­al­lowed for off­side.

But de­spite fur­ther home pres­sure, it was the Devo­ni­ans who progress into the last 16. STAR MAN: Scott Jones (Chich­ester) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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