Martin set­tles con­test with first-half header

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A Brad Martin strike early in the first half was the dif­fer­ence as Bishop’s Cleeve claimed a 1-0 win at Bin­field.

Cleeve had the first chance early on when Martin struck a pow­er­ful volley inches wide be­fore Khalid Senussi shot wide for the hosts.

Steve Cleal’s men took the lead on the quar­ter-hour mark when Adam Mace got a chance to put the ball in the box af­ter his cor­ner came back to him and he found a tow­er­ing Martin at the far post to head the vis­i­tors into the lead.

The sec­ond half saw the hosts nearly equalise straight away when James Knight’s long range ef­fort looked des­tined for the top cor­ner un­til Cleeve’s player of the month for Septem­ber Lewis Clay­ton made a fly­ing save to only con­cede the cor­ner.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued in sim­i­lar style to the first how­ever Cleeve would see two chances cleared off the line with Jack Watts’ curl­ing shot and Martin’s pow­er­ful header both pre­vented from cross­ing the line.

As the game en­tered the fi­nal quar­ter Bin­field started to press for an equaliser and their best chance came six min­utes from time when they had a header from a foot out which thank­fully, from Cleeve’s point of view, was straight at Clay­ton.

In the fifth minute of added time when Bin­field’s Sean Moore picked up a sec­ond yel­low for dis­sent and was sent off.

Cleeve are through to the last 16 of the GFA Tro­phy af­ter Tues­day’s 5-3 win over Lyd­ney Town.

It was 2-2 in­side 20 min­utes, Lewis Thomp­son putting Lyd­ney ahead twice with Martin equal­is­ing each time.

Jack Watts put Cleeve 3-2 up be­fore half-time, and El­liott Kennedy and Watts ex­tended the lead to 5-2.

Lyd­ney’s Lewis Hal­ford was sent off for a foul on Watts be­fore Matt Board net­ted a con­so­la­tion for Town..

Cleeve’s next match is at home to Ard­ley United on Satur­day. Ticket prices have been re­duced to £5 for adults.

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