Cleeve take rapid route on road to Wem­b­ley

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN -

THREE goals in four min­utes early on as Bishop’s Cleeve pow­ered through the FA Cup ex­tra pre­lim­i­nary round with a 3-0 win over a young Eas­ing­ton Sports side.

Both sides looked to play the ball along the ground in blus­tery con­di­tions, the vis­i­tors hav­ing the first chance as Luke Swann at­tempted to float one over Matt Wiec­zorek.

But when Steve Davies’ shot was cleared straight to Jack Watts, he had no trou­ble slot­ting home to open the scor­ing for the hosts.

Less than two min­utes later Davies was again in­volved in the build-up, this time drawing the goal­keeper out and cross­ing for Harrison Id­dles to find the empty net.

And Davies was then again provider when his cross found Mike Davis at the far post for the third.

Swann tested Wiec­zorek be­fore Id­dles saw his shot saved at the other end.

Eas­ing­ton’s best chance of the first half came shortly be­fore the break when Cleeve gave the ball away at the back but Swann saw his shot well saved.

Cal­lum Con­vey hit the cross­bar for the vis­i­tors from a free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Sub­sti­tute Owen James looked like he could make some­thing hap­pen for the vis­i­tors but de­spite a cou­ple of driv­ing runs, he could not beat the goal­keeper at the near post.

Cleeve man­ager Steve Cleal said: “I think the first 15-20 min­utes we re­ally blew them away and Steve Davies’ link up play in the fi­nal third was su­perb.

“The first half we were well in con­trol and then we turned round in the sec­ond half with the wind at our backs but then never re­ally got go­ing.

Cleeve will host Kidling­ton in the pre­lim­i­nary round on Au­gust 24.

Two goals from Con­nor Thomp­son helped Fair­ford Town past En­field 1893 3-2, Ben Lodge grab­bing the first.

But Chel­tenham Sara­cens are out af­ter go­ing down 6-2 at New­port Pag­nell Town, all eight goals com­ing in the first half.

Har­lie Price grabbed Sara­cens sec­ond af­ter an own goal.

Pre­lim­i­nary round (Au­gust 24): Bishop’s Cleeve v Kidling­ton, Brim­scombe & Thrupp v Ayles­bury United, Cirences­ter Town v Tuf­fley Rovers or North Green­ford United, Dun­sta­ble Town v Short­wood United, Eve­sham United v Hare­field United, Fair­ford Town v Han­well Town, Lon­glevens v North­wood, Mar­low v Cin­der­ford Town, Slim­bridge v Burn­ham or Tring Ath­letic

Harrison Id­dles on the run for Bishop’s Cleeve

Luke Payne bat­tles for pos­ses­sion Pic­tures: Eloisa Wild­smith

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