Payne strike de­cides derby clash for Cleeve

Gloucestershire Echo - - FOOTBALL -

» LUKE Payne’s strike mid­way through the first half gave Bishop’s Cleeve a 1-0 win at Brim­scombe and Thrupp on Tues­day night.

Both sides cre­ated nu­mer­ous chances in a match that saw 48 shots but the only one taken came when Steve Davies’ low driven shot hit the far post and Payne was there to con­vert on the rebound.

Fair­ford Town hit back from two goals down at half-time to beat Lon­glevens 3-2 at Cin­der Lane.

Lon­glevens led through Brad Martin and Harry Em­mett but El­lis Dun­ton, a Cal­lum Preece penalty and Connor Thomp­son turned the game round.

Fair­ford will host Short­wood United in the FA Vase af­ter thrash­ing Abing­don Town 5-1 on Satur­day.

Jody Be­van’s side were only 1-0 up at the break thanks to Thomp­son’s strike but Abing­don drew level.

Preece re­stored the ad­van­tage from the penalty spot and Jon Thomas made it 3-1 be­fore Thomp­son struck twice more to com­plete his hat-trick and wrap up the vic­tory.

Chel­tenham Sara­cens were beaten 6-2 at Thorn­bury Town.

Harry Brock, Jim Brock and Craig Lan­cas­tle opened up a 3-0 lead by the 40th minute be­fore Kai Ma­hon pulled one back from the penalty spot.

Goal­keeper Kur­tis Parkin was sin-binned for ap­peal­ing and step in goalie Bran­don Ben­jamin was un­able to save the kick.

Af­ter the break, Rhys Hodg­son made it 4-1 be­fore a Lan­cas­tle penalty made it five.

Har­lie Price net­ted for Sara­cens with five min­utes left be­fore Jacob Far­thing made it six.

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