SUNDAY LEAGUE: Third time lucky for AFC Gas as they reach cup final
5:30am Tuesday 18th March 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
IT was a case of third time lucky for AFC Gas as they booked their place in the Wiltshire FA Sunday Cup final.
Having fallen at the semi-final hurdle in the two previous seasons, Gas, who are also chasing the Sunday League crown, were not going to be out done this time as they beat Division Three outfit KC Globe 3-1 at Highworth Town’s The Elms.
“We are all very pleased to have got to the final having lost our last two semis,” Gas manager Alan Blake said. “Everyone was delighted - it was a great achievement and something that we have been trying to do for a few years now.
“But we still have a lot of games in the league left to play so we need to keep our focus.”
Gas took the lead midway through the first half from a James Blake header, however, after the break Globe piled on the pressure and got a deserved equaliser.
Alan Blake’s side quickly responded and won a penalty that Lee Smith duly dispatched before James Blake bagged his second to ensure Gas’ passage into the final.
With Gas in cup action, Greyhound cut their lead at the Division One summit to just a point following their 4-2 success at basement boys Penhill United.
The Dolphin slipped to third place in the standings after their 3-3 draw at Trak, while Fox and Hounds secured a 2-1 win over New Century WMC and Inter Sandgate earned a point at Castrol with a 1-1 draw.
Deers Leap moved within two points of Division Two leaders West Swindon Wanderers after they claimed a 2-1 home victory over The Windmill.
Coleshill Youth maintained their slender one point lead at the summit of Division Six after their 3-0 win over bottom side CM Automotive, while Cricklade MTA edged a 13-goal thriller with Swindon Athletic.