FA CUP: Cirencester stun Banbury
6:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
CIRENCESTER are the only local side still up and running in the FA Cup after they sprung a shock at Southern Premier Banbury on Saturday.
Brian Hughes’ men recorded a 2-1 victory in the first qualifying round tie thanks to Steve Davies and an own goal, the winner arriving in the dying seconds.
With Chris Holland and Jon Beeden restored to the back four following injury and suspension respectively, Ciren seemed to have a solid look about them for the trip to Oxfordshire.
However, the visitors found themselves a goal behind after just five minutes when Scott Bridges’ corner towards the six-yard box was headed into the top-right corner by Adeyinka Talabi.
Banbury’s loan stopper Leigh Bedwell was tested by Lee Smith shortly before Ciren equalised five minutes before the break, Davies directing into the bottom-right corner.
In the latter stages of the second half, former Welsh international Glyn Garner kept Ciren in it with a spectacular diving save from a header by substitute Leon Simpson.
And that proved crucial as with a minute remaining, a Davies free kick was deflected into the net by a defender from inside the six yard box.
Southern Premier Chippenham crashed out to lower-league opposition as they were defeated 3-2 at Yate.
Ross Staley put the hosts in front just after the half hour mark when he beat Ben John from range, only for Joe McClennan to respond with a cracking strike minutes later.
With the second half not even five minutes old, the Bluebirds found themselves two goals down.
First Ricky Hulbert crossed for Michael Meaker to nod home and then Lewis Haldane slammed across John to make it 3-1.
Chippenham gave themselves late hope when a McClennan corner bounced off the arm of keeper Horsell and bounced into the back of the net off Greg Tindle, but Yate held on.
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