The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING - By Thom Belk

POOLE TOWN pro­gressed to the next round by end­ing a run of seven win­less matches with a win at Step 4 Sal­is­bury.

How­ever, It could have been a very dif­fer­ent out­come, as ref­eree Lee Ben­nan de­cided not award a late penalty ap­peal when Chris Shep­hard was brought down in the area by Jack Smee­ton.

With Steve Clar­idge’s side chas­ing the game, Dol­phins sub­sti­tute Jez Bed­ford was al­lowed space just in­side the Whites’ area to fire the ball into the top left cor­ner and kill off the hopes of the home side.

Marvin Brook’s sum­mer move from Poole to Sal­is­bury cre­ated a heated build up to this cup tie, but there was lit­tle to talk of un­til just af­ter the hour mark.

The dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken when Poole skip­per Jamie Whisken nod­ded home a clever cor­ner in the 62nd minute for the Na­tional League South out­fit.

Brooks nearly lev­elled the con­test when he struck Nick Hutch­ings’ post in the 83rd minute.

Shep­hard, who looked lively on his re­turn from in­jury, pro­vided the spark Sal­is­bury had lacked un­til that point, most no­tably the run that cul­mi­nated in the penalty ap­peal, but they couldn’t get back in the game.

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