FA VASE THIRD ROUND Hadleigh Utd 3 Welwyn Garden City 2 (after extra-time)
Hadleigh United made a great start as Ollie Canfer’s header put Tes Bramble away to shoot past keeper Joe Croft after six minutes.
Welwyn Garden City were level 10 minutes later as a driven cross from the left was converted by Isaac Oppong.
Hadleigh hit back with headers from Bramble and Canfer that were smothered.
A second goal arrived for Hadleigh after 28 minutes when a free-kick from winger Matt Downing was fired into the net by Neil Calver.
The game erupted in the 35th minute when an ugly melee involving several players developed on the halfway line following a tackle that left Canfer in need of treatment.
Three players were booked before play resumed after a lengthy delay.
Five minutes into the second half, Bramble had to come off with a back injury.
Substitute Josh Mayhew failed to beat Croft when clean through, but Welwyn were also dangerous with Fred Howe making a great save before Daryl Smith hit the bar from long range with Howe beaten.
Jason Caswell fired in to make it 2-2 on 79 minutes before Hadleigh lost Calver for a second booking, leaving just 10 men to contest extra-time.
In the first period, Mayhew again failed to beat Croft when one-on-one.
The winner came two minutes from the end of the second period when Michael Barwick’s shot took a deflection to leave Croft helpless.
nHadleigh will travel to face Sydenham’s Wessex Premier League Moneyfields, inPortmsouth, or Toolstation Western League Bitton, near Bristol in the next round on Saturday, January 18, when prize money of £2,000 will be at stake.
Saturday’s game at Moneyfields was abandoned following a brawl 10 minutes into extra-time with the score 1-1.
Players from both teams were involved, and had to be separated by coaching staff.
The FA is holding an inquiry into the incident, and is due today to announce its decision on whether the game should be replayed, of if one or both clubs should be thrown out of the competition.
* Hadleigh won 5-3 after extra-time at Ipswich Wanderers last Wednesday, to reach the quarter-finals of the Red Insure Cup.
Ollie Canfer (two), Tes Bramble, Duane Wright and Mark Goldfinch scored for Hadleigh.