Shortwood make FA Cup history
SHORTWOOD United are just 90 minutes away from locking horns with the likes of former FA Cup winners Portsmouth and Premiership outfit Wolves after earning a plum home draw against Skrill Premier outfit Aldershot Town in the fourth and final qualifying round.
John Evans’ and Alex Sykes’ Meadowbank side have already pocketed £16,925 in prize money with a further £12,500 bounty on the table for a potential conquering of the former Football League outfit. The Wood will welcome the Shots to Nailsworth on the weekend of October 26.
The Nailsworth outfit moved comfortably into the fourth qualifying round with a 1-0 victory at fellow Calor Gas Southern League West outfit Didcot Town thanks to a second half goal from ace marksman Duncan Culley, who notched his 13th goal in as many games.
The 25-year-old Cardiff-based hot-shot was delighted to help his side through to the next round.
He said: “I made my run and Manny (Adam Mann) played me in, I already knew that I was going to lift my shot over the keeper when he came out to save it. Luckily, I caught it sweetly and watched it float over him and into the back of the net.
“I was elated to do it again for the boys, everyone at the club, and the fans. I would like to thank the FGR fans who came to watch and hope that they come again.”
An ecstatic Evans added: “I am so proud of everyone connected with Shortwood today.
“We completely outplayed them in the second half and peppered their goal and only heroics from the Didcot keeper kept the score respectable.”
Earlier, Wood were forced to draft in Ashton Herbert with number one Tom King unavailable due to the birth of his son.
Shortwood dominated possession and territory. Tim Haddock thought he had nosed Shortwood ahead but an offside flag curtailed his celebrations.
Haddock had the ball in the net again just four minutes into the second half, but once again the offside flag came to Didcot’s rescue. With Culley and Adam Mann on the front foot and the vital goal arrived on 73 minutes. Mann picked up a loose clearance for Culley who lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.
SHORTWOOD: Herbert, Avery, Axton, Coates, Pritchett, Baldwin, Parrot, Bennett (Slack 75), Mann, Culley (Hancock 84), Haddock.
Subs not used: Langworthy, Brown, Sykes.
Star Man: Sam Avery-Solid as a rock at the back.
Next up: FA Trophy first qualifying round: Shortwood United v Mangotsfield , Saturday (3pm).
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