FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND: Hadleigh United 3 Sawbridgeworth Town 2: Scott Chaplin was on hand to score a dramatic late FA Cup winner on Saturday to set up a trip to Ryman League side Burnham Ramblers.
Hadleigh broke the deadlock after 37 minutes when a move between Ashley Sloots and Scott Chaplin down the left ended with a cross which Aaron Churchyard converted at the far post.
However, the game changed completely in the 54th minute when Gavin Cockman ran clear to net an opportunist equaliser.
Three minutes later, Hadleigh defender Mark Goldfinch gave the ball away to the dangerous Cockman who lobbed a superb shot over goalkeeper Ben Nower to put the visitors ahead.
Almost at once Sawbridgeworth had penalty appeals turned down as Hadleigh’s rearguard was having a nightmare against a visiting side who seemed to be getting stronger.
But Hadleigh weathered the storm and drew level after 72 minutes when a block by visitors ‘keeper Bradley Simpson fell for summer signing from Woodbridge Town Churchyard to convert his second of the game.
Nower made a great save from Kevin Riley before Hadleigh scored what proved to be a later winner after 87 minutes when David Lorimer’s cross from the right was headed home by Chaplin.
The hosts had to see out the remaining minutes with 10 men though when Neil Calver received a second yellow card just before the end.
Hadleigh, who were in league action at Ipswich Wanderers last night, travel to Ely City on Saturday (3pm), before hosting Haverhill Rovers on Tuesday (7.45pm).
The club are currently looking for a manager for their Thurlow Nunn League reserve team.
Applications can be made to Stuart Crawford on 07881935297 or 01473 827038.
n Halstead Town were hoping to set up a FA Cup preliminary round tie at home to Ryman One North side Romford a week Saturday (3pm) by overcoming St Margetsbury in their replay at the higher-league side last night.
Mark Benterman’s side, who travel to Team Bury on Saturday (3pm) before a trip to face Haverhill Borough next Wednesday (7.45pm), drew 0-0 at home on Saturday.
Long Melford, joint top of the First Division ahead of hosting Cornard United last night, host Stowmarket Town on Saturday, while Cornard travel to early leaders Debenham LC (both 3pm).
Cornard then host AFC Sudbury Reserves in the First Division Knockout Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).