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FOOTBALL: Ardley's run ended by clinical Binfield
11:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
A below-strength Ardley United crashed out of the FA Cup following a 4-1 first qualifying-round replay defeat at Binfield on Monday night.
It saw their two-match cup run come to an end following their victories over Thame United and Hanworth Villa in the previous rounds.
But they had the consolation of a £3,425 windfall they made from the run.
Having snatched a late 2-2 draw in Saturday’s first game, Kevin Brock’s side were hoping to make the most of their second chance.
However, without the services of top-scorer Ryan Brooks, winger Stuart Bridges, and defender Tommy Kinch, all of whom were unavailable, it was always a tall order.
Binfield started the stron-ger and took the lead on 40 minutes when James Rusby’s 25-yard shot flew past an unsighted Jack Harding in the Ardley goal.
Five minutes into the second-half, Ardley went 2-0 down when Harding failed to deal with a cross and Ben Strurgess headed home.
Worse was to follow 18 minutes later when Sturgess doubled his tally with a tap-in from a Carl Davis cross.
Harding then denied Davis and Seb Bowerman with two great saves.
Ardley thought they had clawed a goal back twenty minutes into the half, only for Troy Bryan’s header from Callum Convey to be flagged offside. However, they kept up the pressure when keeper Martin Herdman could only parry Convey’s free-kick and Adam Garner was at hand to poke home.
Ardley were out of luck on 85 minutes when Convey hit the far post. The visitors were camped in the Binfield half, but paid the price when a quick throw by Herdman found Bowerman who ran the length of the pitch before firing past Harding to complete Ardley’s misery.
In Saturday’s game, Ardley went ahead early through a Troy Bryan strike, but the Berkshire outfit hit back with a penalty from Carl Davies and an individual goal by Seb Bowerman to lead at half-time.
The game was as close as both teams’ league positions would suggest – Ardley were fourth in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Div-ision and Binfield fifth.
But Brock’s side just edged the second half and drew level with a terrific free-kick from Steve Howkins.
On Saturday, Ardley have travel to basement boys Abingdon United where the home side is looking to end a terrible run of ten straight defeats.