YMCA crash out FA Cup with replay defeat

Luke Gedling wins a header against Aveley in the 2-2 draw at Gorings Mead on Saturday. Picture by Clive Turner
Luke Gedling wins a header against Aveley in the 2-2 draw at Gorings Mead on Saturday. Picture by Clive Turner

Horsham YMCA’s FA Cup hopes were ended last night as they went down 4-1 in their second qualifying round away to Aveley.

The two sides had played out a 2-2 at Gorings Mead on Saturday as YM turned around a half-time deficit of 2-0 to force a second bite of the cherry.

But their Ryman League North hosts ran out comfortable winners to seal a spot in the penultimate qualifying round and bag the £4,500 prize money.

Their exit also means Eastbourne Town are the only Southern Combination League side left in the competition.

Aveley’s Lee Prescott hit a hat-trick as finishing proved the difference on Wednesday night, while Dean Wright’s late goal was of scant consolation for YM.

Liam Nash saw his early shot saved by Mark Fox, before James Peagram headed just wide, while at the other end Ash Dugdale fired high and wide before Sam Schaaf got in behind, but shot straight at James Marrable.

The hosts had a goal chalked off for offside, but were soon awarded a penalty after a handball in the box from Dan Evans.

From the resulting spot kick, Fox guessed the right way, but Prescott’s effort found the far corner.

They doubled their lead three minutes before half-time as Prescott curled home for his second.

Schaaf had a great chance to pull one back on 51 minutes, but was denied by a good save, while good defending denied Dave Brown a free header.

Aveley’s Steve Willis then all-but killed the game off just past the hour mark with a bullet header from a corner.

Wright pulled a deserved goal back on 90 minutes with a flick fining the net from a corner, but the host’s added a gloss to the scoreline soon after as Prescott completed his treble.

Horsham YMCA: Fox, Carden, Doherty, Gathern, Evans (Horner 82), D.Sullivan (White 62), Dugdale, Gedling (Hunter 62), D.Brown, Wright, Schaaf. Unused subs: Crane, N.Sullivan, J.Brown, Lockwood.