GFA Semi-Final Opponents Confirmed

FAIRFORD Town will travel to Bristol Manor Farm in the Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy semi-final.

The Reds were 3-2 winners over Chipping Sodbury Town in the quarter-final, with Bristol Manor Farm defeating Lydney 3-1.

A date will be announced soon for the last four tie – with a report from the dramatic quarter-final win below:

 

FAIRFORD Town came from behind to secure a 3-2 win, sealing a place in the last four of the Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy after an entertaining Tuesday night encounter.

Chipping Sodbury, who lost by the same scoreline in the Buildbase FA Vase in September at Cinder Lane, started the brighter of the two sides with Dave Sims’s pace keeping the home side’s rearguard in check.

It was the Sods who opened the scoring with Sam Jenkins capitalising with a close range finish after a low drive across the box with 20 minutes on the clock. A deserved lead for a side who had looked sharp in the opening exchanges.

The Reds’ response was a good one with Jason Milhench, into the starting line-up after a pre-game injury to Scott Chilcott in the warm-up, levelling the tie ten minutes before the interval with a well-taken effort.

Having gone in 1-1 at the break, the game came to life after the hour mark with the visitors getting back into the lead on 62 minutes after makeshift right-back Dan Drewett gingerly bundled the ball over his own line.

The Sods’ advantage would last just two minutes as almost straight from the restart, a penalty award handed Josh Morse the chance to level from the spot.

And when Chris Jackson, in an advanced position from left-back, was bundled over by a combination of right-back and ‘keeper, Morse sealed the tie with another penalty to round off the scoring on 73 minutes.

Two superb stops from home debutant Jamie Zoldan denied the visitors’ efforts in the closing stages, with a second yellow card for Harley Warren four minutes from time all but ending their hopes of a comeback.

All in all this was a cracking cup tie with plenty of drama, as Fairford now await the winners of Lydney Town and Bristol Manor Farm to find out their semi-final destination.

F/T: Fairford Town 3 Chipping Sodbury Town 2

Fairford Town: Zoldan; Drewett (Bright), Dainton, Saunders, Jackson; Smith, Boucher, Blackford, Milhench (Bright ’86); Cox, Morse

Substitutes not used: Alexander (GK)

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