Long Buckby FC 1 St Ives Town FC 1 (AET)
ST IVES came from a goal down to knock Long Buckby out of the FA Vase in extra time. Long Buckby started the game the better side, and Jason Lee smashed in a 25-yeard shot after 11 minutes for a deserved lead. The Ives came out firing in the second half,
ST IVES came from a goal down to knock Long Buckby out of the FA Vase in extra time.
Long Buckby started the game the better side, and Jason Lee smashed in a 25-yeard shot after 11 minutes for a deserved lead.
The Ives came out firing in the second half, and shortly after the hour mark Long Buckby had their goalkeeper dismissed for a fowl on Scott Fielding.
Will Fordham missed the resulting penalty and the Jez Hall's men missed several chances after that, but Scott Fielding fired home with less than five minutes until the final whistle to take the game to extra time.
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The Westwood Road side kept on pressing, and Junior McDougald scored at the end of the first half of extra time to send the visitors into the fourth round.
"After that penalty and missing a few chances we just thought it wasn't going to be our day," said St Ives manager Jez Hall.
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"When we reached extra time we were totally bossing the game and did really well to get the result.
"They were better in the first half but we came out strong and got the win. This is a tough place to come and play football as they are a very good side at home.
"I would like to thank all our supporters as we had well over 100 of them filling up two coaches travel to the game."
St Ives are now in the FA Vase fourth round, where they will take on Stanway Rovers, who sit mid-table of the Ridgeons Premier League, at Westwood Road on Saturday, January 17.
"We're optimistic about the draw and we're sure we can do well. Last year we reached the fifth round where we lost a replay so we're hoping to better ourselves this year.
"It would be nice to go all the way as there's lots of money in it for the club and the fans enjoy it. Right now we're not worried at all and will be looking forward to playing anyone.