The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING - By Tony Tom­lin­son

CLEETHOR­PES did Di­vi­sion One South proud with a de­served vic­tory at Premier Di­vi­sion Bux­ton to earn a place in Mon­day’s draw – but they were made to work hard for their win.

The Bucks had the el­e­ments in their favour in the first half but nei­ther side could fash­ion a clear chance be­fore the in­ter­val, even though both teams had passed the ball ef­fec­tively and in en­ter­tain­ing style.

Af­ter the break the ex­changes re­mained even. So the open­ing goal by the vis­i­tors just short of the hour was some­thing of a sur­prise.

Vet­eran cen­tre-back Matt Bloomer headed home from a long free-kick from the right to get the score­line go­ing.

Town built on their ad­van­tage and dou­bled the lead in the 68th minute af­ter seiz­ing on a mid­field er­ror with Jonathan Oglesby driv­ing the ball home from 15 yards.

An iso­lated flare-up three min­utes later saw a player sent off from ei­ther side, af­ter which Bux­ton grad­u­ally in­creased the pres­sure, lead­ing to an 88th-minute goal.

Brad Ab­bot set up Luke Hins­ley for a fierce, an­gled, low cross-shot into the far side of the goal to seal things.

The pres­sure on the vis­it­ing goal was now in­tense but with vir­tu­ally the last kick of the game Joe Maguire had a shot hacked from the line.

STAR MAN: Jon Oglesby (C’thor­pes) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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