The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING - By Steve Par­sons

STAINES are well placed in the league, but they have lost all three cup ties so far.

The home side shaded the first quar­ter of the game, in which El­liott Buchanan struck the post with an an­gled shot and a de­cent Mo Bet­tamer shot was well saved by Lenny Pidge­ley.

But this spell was fol­lowed by a harsh de­ci­sion against Greg Hay­don that would prove costly, and then a goal by the vis­i­tors on 29 min­utes.

From a throw-in, Chris Sesseg­non found Dave Martin, who laid off for Jack Evans to stride into the box and shoot into the far cor­ner.

Evans was un­lucky with an­other shot four min­utes later, this time Liam Driscoll keep­ing it out, but Staines’ task was made harder when Hay­don was or­dered off.

Mar­gate vir­tu­ally se­cured vic­tory five min­utes af­ter the restart, debu­tant and for­mer Staines man Kane Haysman’s ball into the box de­ceiv­ing the de­fence, and Sesseg­non ap­ply­ing a clin­i­cal fin­ish.

A 61st-minute penalty de­ci­sion against Ben Martin, and the dis­missal of man­ager Draxs Hip­polyte, did not en­dear the ref­eree to “the Staines mas­sive”.

Jor­dan Chide­dozie con­verted the spot-kick, and de­spite Buchanan hit­ting the post again, Mar­gate hung on.

STAR MAN: Chris Sesseg­non (Mar­gate) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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