Five Sydenhams Wessex clubs win in the FA Vase

KEVIN GIBBENS

KEVIN GIBBENS

First published in Non League

BLACKFIELD AND Langley booked their place in the FA Vase third round with a late winner against Bournemouth Poppies.

Former Saints midfielder Kevin Gibbens scored the only goal in the 80th minute, a stunning 25-yard strike into the top corner against last season’s Vase quarter-finalists.

Blackfield fielded several players who left Poppies for Gang Warily in the summer, as well as having the visitors’ former assistant manager, Chris Ferrett, in the home dug out as part of their management team.

They came out on top in a tight encounter as Blackfield extended their impressive run to just one defeat in 21 matches.

Having reached the FA Cup’s fourth qualifying round for the first time in their history last month, the Watersiders have now entered unchartered territory in the FA Vase.

Also in the third round draw are GE Hamble, who won 1- 0 at Moneyfields – their third victory of the season at the home of the Portsmouth outfit.

But it needed a late own goal to separate the sides.

Hamble midfielder Lloyd Webber was fortunate not to give away a penalty and the woodwork kept the visitors level in the second-half.

But they left Pompey with another valuable win after Webber’s 80th-minute header, which was drifting well wide, deflected in off two Moneys players.

The Planemakers are joined in the third round by fellow Sydenhams Wessex Leaguers Newport IOW, who won 1-0 at home to Cadbury Heath.

Aleks Przespolewski continued his prolific form in front of goal this season by heading in the tenth-minute winner from close range following an excellent James Butt cross.

Bemerton Heath Harlequins are also through after a dramatic 3-2 win in Cornwall.

Bemerton were 2-0 down at half-time away to St Austell, but two great goals from Danny Young levelled the scores before Jack Slade chipped the winner from 25 yards.

Last but not least, Wessex League leaders Downton triumphed 5-2 away to Buckland Athletic thanks to a Nick Turpin hat-trick and two goals from Dan Finnigan.

All the clubs pocket £1,200 for reaching the third round.

The only Wessex side to lose today was New Milton, who went down 2-1 at AFC Bitton despite taking the lead through new signing Ben Thompson.

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