Non-league football round-up

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 November 2007 | UPDATED: 13:49 04 March 2010

BRAINTREE bowed out of the Setanta Shield to St Albans on penalties last night while Wembley won 2-0 at Woodbridge in their FA Vase second-round replay and Maldon defeated Wivenhoe 2-1 in their Ryman League Division One North encounter.


St Albans 1 Braintree Town 1 (aet, St Albans won 5-4 on pens)

BRAINTREE started on top at a very wet Clarence Park, with Shinn and Quinton bossing the midfield.

Sullivan had Iron's first chance, but fired wide when put through by Robbie Martin. On 20 minutes a great ball in by Martin fell to Sullivan on the 12 yard mark, but he completely mis-kicked with the goal at his mercy. Stevenson replied for City, but his shot was well wide.

Chances for Martin, Sullivan and Archer came early in the second half, as Braintree pushed up looking for a goal, but stubborn defending by St Albans kept the Iron out until the 85th minute when a fine solo run by Martin ended with him beating the St Alban's keeper at his near post to put Braintree one up. City grabbed a late equaliser through Richard Butler to set up extra time.

Braintree had the chance to win it in the second period of extra time but Nick Eyre saved Archer's penalty given for handball, and it ended 1-1 and went to penalties. The home side were successful 5-4 in the spot-kick contest.


Wivenhoe Town 1 Maldon Town 2

ANOTHER good performance from the home team but as yet they can't turn performances into victory. They led through a 36th-minute strike from Michael Brothers and held on to their lead until the interval.

Two minutes into the second half Maldon equalised but Wivenhoe fought back well and Gould in the Maldon goal denied Finch with a fine save and Johnson saw a header kicked off the line.

In the 75th minute Maldon broke down the right and the cross found Robinson who made no mistake with an emphatic finish to snatch victory.


Woodbridge Town 0 Wembley 2

WOODBRIDGE bowed out of the FA Vase as Wembley deservedly won this second round replay at rain-soaked Notcutts Park last night.

The match kicked off half-an-hour late because some of the visitors were still arriving five minutes before the scheduled kick-off, but Wembley showed no sign as they were quick out of the blocks.

Wembley were the better side throughout the match and go through to meet Greenwich Borough in the third round thanks to a goal in each half.

Woodbridge's Mark Roper cleared off the line in the 12th minute after Jeffrey Dalton-Brown played in Paul Shelton, who rounded Marcus Garnham only to see his goal-bound shot hacked to safety.

Shelton however, made no mistake in the 42nd minute when he cut in from the left past two defenders and scored with a well-placed shot into the far corner.

Woodbridge rallied in the second period with Paul Berry and Tony Boto both seeing shots saved while both Boto and Luke Read saw efforts deflected wide for corner.

The home team were grateful to Marcus Garnham for keeping them in the game with a string of good saves.

But he was powerless to prevent Wembley wrapping up victory two minutes from time when he could only parry Daren Butler's shot on the turn from a free kick into the path of fellow substitute Joel Bevis and he turned the loose ball home.


Haverhill 2 Godmanchester 0

HAVERHILL travel to Mildenhall in the next round of this competition after two late goals on a difficult pitch. Impey netted first after 75 minutes and Westcott scored the second four minutes later, his low effort going through the goalkeeper's hands.

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