Teams fought for their place in the Third Round, with a few upsets along the way. The sides that progressed into the next round of the cup, now sit 1-win off the quarter-finals as we get closer to discovering the winner on the Essex & Suffolk Border League Knockout Cup. Here’s a round-up of all the action from the Second Round;
Flitch United 0-0 Felsted Rovers (Flitch win 4-3 on penalties)
Premier Division side Flitch United needed spot-kicks to progressed against Third Division side Felsted Rovers at the weekend. After 90-minutes and Extra-Time, the score remained goalless before the hosts won 4-3 on penalties, setting up a tie with fellow-Premier Division side Barnston.
White Notley 2-0 Mersea Island
White Notley avoided an upset as they beat Division One side Mersea Island to reach the Third Round. Josh Goodey scored twice on Saturday to see the hosts through, winning 2-0. The win sees Hatfield Peverel welcomed to Oak Farm.
Hatfield Peverel 5-1 Gosfield United
Hatfield Peverel eased into the Third Round as they eliminated Gosfield United with a 5-1 win. Joshua McFaull scored three and Harry Page & Paul Grimsey scored one each for the host while Harry Stoneham got what turned out to be a consolation goal for the visitors. Hatfield will be away in the next round as they face White Notley at Oak Farm.
Silver End United 0-2 West Bergholt
The 9-men of Silver End United didn’t have enough to beat Premier Division side West Bergholt as the hosts progressed with a two-nil win. The win for the visitors will see them face Division One side Dunmow Town in the next round.
Tiptree Heath 4-0 Dedham Old Boys
Tiptree Heath eased into the 3rd Round with a convincing victory over fellow-Premier Division side Dedham Old Boys. Cameron Ward scored twice and Jamie Chesney & Joe Chester also netted as Heath scored four with no reply. The win will see the hosts welcome Stanway Pegasus to the Tolleshunt D’Arcy Village Hall.
Stanway Pegasus 6-1 Cressing United
Stanway Pegasus thrashed lower-division opposition as they eased past Cressing United. The Premier Division side netted six as Max Booth scored a hattrick while Ben Parkin, Keian Daniels and Reife Marangou were all in the goals with the Cressing United goal coming from a Pegasus own-goal. Stanway Pegasus will travel away to Tiptree Heath in the next round.
Gas Recreation 2-3 Lawford Lads
The side that led the Premier Division, Gas Recreation, were knockout of the cup as Lawford Lads progressed. Harry Hewes and Luke Taylor were on target for the hosts but it wasn’t enough as Oliver Mann, Jerome Primus and Ross Purll were on target for Lawford. The win sees the Premier Division side host either Sudbury Sports or Wormingford Wanderers in the Third Round.
Cavendish 0-3 Kelvedon Social
Cavendish were on the wrong side of an upset as they were eliminated from the competition by a Division Three side. Kelvedon Social scored three without replay against the Division Two side as Martin Young netted twice while Benjamin Turner was also on the scoresheet. The visitors will play either Brightlingsea Town or Little Clacton/Langham Lodgers in the Third Round at a later date.
Thorpe Athletic 4-0 Great Bentley
The biggest upset of the weekend saw Division Three side Thorpe Athletic ease past Great Bentley of the Premier Division. James Webb scored two and Brandon Hunt & Bailey Barnard also scored as Thorpe Athletic won 4-nil. Thorpe Athletic will face another Premier Division side in the next round as they welcome Colne Athletic to Kirby Playing Fields.
Tiptree Jobserve 1-0 Earls Colne
Earls Colne weren’t able to avoid an upset as the Premier Division side were narrowly beaten by a Division One side. A single goal from Tiptree Jobserve was enough to see them beyond Earls and into the next round to face Harwich & Parkeston Reserves.