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FA Cup: Clapton 0 Mildenhall 2; Harlow 4 Tower Hamlets 1
There was little FA Cup romance for Essex Senior League duo Clapton or Tower Hamlets as both bowed out of this year’s competition yesterday.
Tons had secured their first win in eight years in a replay at Stanway to reach the preliminary round, but conceded a goal in each half at the Old Spotted Dog against another Thurlow Nunn League side in Mildenhall.
The visitors went close on 12 minutes when Steve Holder released Ben Coe, who shot just wide.
And Mildenhall took the lead seconds later when Holder controlled James Patterson’s cross and fired home.
Allicion Blake and Patterson went close to doubling Mildenhall’s lead before half time while Abs Jarriette got a brief glimpse of goal for Clapton after a defensive mistake to force Josh Pope into action.
Defences dominated on a difficult pitch after the restart, in front of a crowd of 107, with Patterson seeing a long-range effort go close.
Mildenhall made sure of their place in the first qualifying round with 16 minutes remaining when Craig Nurse beat his marker and saw his shot deflected into the bottom corner.
Tons threw men forward in a desperate attempt to get back into the tie late on and Tom Trevivian had two chances to net a third for Mildenhall on the counter-attack, but could not take them.
Hamlets had beaten Walsham-le-Willows in the extra preliminary round, but found Ryman Division One North side Harlow a much tougher proposition.
AJ Olatunbosun’s men had an early chance on the 3G pitch as Stephen Demetriou ran onto a long ball, but put his attempt wide of the target.
Darren Blewitt sent a spectacular effort wide for the hosts, who were restricted to long range efforts mostly as Hamlets held firm and keeper Jason Willis was left largely untroubled.
The visitors had a great chance to break the deadlock when Paul Burnett wriggled away from Junior Dadson and forced a fine save from James May.
But Harlow edged in front just before half time when Robbie Martin crossed for Leon Antoine to head home.
Hamlets fell 2-0 behind just four minutes into the second half as Alex Read picked out Chinedu McKenzie to slot home.
But May had to make a good save to deny Demetriou and also kept out Karl Blake’s effort after a mistake by Liam Thomas.
Willis denied Dadson before Harlow were awarded a penalty and Read fired home from the spot on 82 minutes.
Hamlets managed a consolation from Joe Killingback before Harlow had the ifnal say as Read grabbed his second in injury time.