St Blazey prevail to progress in FA Vase
The South West Peninsula League has had better days in the FA Carlsberg Vase, as four of their six clubs participating in Saturday's first qualifying round were knocked out.
The only all-Peninsula tie saw Premier Division St Blazey beat Division One West Wadebridge Town 4-1 at Blaise Park. "I would have liked to have played St Blazey after we had played half-a-dozen games instead of just the one, as we looked rusty," said the Bridgers' manager Mark Menhinick, who witnessed his son Mark scoring his team's goal.
St Blazey had Lewis Coombes scoring a hat-trick with Martin Sleeman completing their passage to a second qualifying round home tie against Bishop Sutton.
Bishop Sutton earned their journey to Cornwall as two goals from Darren Hawkings gave them a 2-0 victory away to Crediton United.
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Tavistock were another Peninsula side to fall at the first hurdle as they lost 2-0 at home to Bridport.
The Lambs were convinced that the decision to give midfielder Ian Rooke a straight red card on 26 minutes was a harsh one. The ten men of Tavistock held out until 14 minutes from time, when Dan Wise scored from the penalty spot. Ben Clarke added the second on 87 minutes.
"We felt the referee was being harsh by booking the player, so we were absolutely shell-shocked when he produced a straight red," complained the Lambs' boss, Ian Southcott.
"To be fair to the lads, they re-grouped and showed real character to more than hold their own, and defensively we were superb.
"We are gutted to go out of this competition, especially when we feel we were the better side, but we now have to prepare ourselves for Camelford on Wednesday knowing that a good win could see us go top of the table."
Plymouth Parkway only had themselves to blame for their exit as they missed several chances before going down 2-1 at home to Gillingham Town.
Visiting goalkeeper Jon Hill had made several fine saves, and when he was beaten Sam Cooper's rasping drive came down off the underside of the crossbar.
Gillingham shook their hosts by taking a 51st minute lead through James Hatcher and two minutes later Lee Gale scored their second, from the penalty spot, before Warren Daw pulled a goal back for Parkway.
Division One East side Exmouth Town will travel to Wells City in the next round after two goals from Darren Shephard gave them a 2-0 victory away at Elmore.