Replay win ensures pair still flying flag in FA Cup

Congratulations must go to the South West Peninsula League’s two remaining participants in this season’s Emirates FA Cup.

Both Bodmin Town and Tavistock will be in the second qualifying round on Saturday after recording fine victories in the past week.

Bodmin might have only won one League game but they returned from Sydenhams Wessex League Premier outfit Horndean with a 2-0 victory to add to their other impressive wins at Buckland Athletic and Hengrove Athletic. Darren Gilbert’s side were, at last, rewarded with a home tie and will take on ‘Step Four’ Evo-Stik Southern League side Bideford, which should draw a good size crowd to Priory Park.

But it was reigning Peninsula champions Tavistock who had the result of the last round as they accounted for unbeaten Southern League high-flyers Taunton Town.

The Lambs found themselves two goals adrift in Saturday’s first game before two strikes from Jack Crago earned them a re- play at Wordsworth Drive last Tuesday night.

This game was to be one of Tavistock’s finest hours as a first minute penalty from Josh Grant, after Aaron Pugh had handled in the area, and Luke Brown’s 24th minute effort had seen the Lambs take a 2-0 lead.

Ross Staley pulled one back for the Peacocks on 56 minutes but Tavistock were to withstand heavy pressure to earn a home tie against Somerset-based Southern League Premier outfit Frome Town.

Both Bodmin and Tavistock claimed £3,000 for their latest victories and there is a further £4,500 if they are successful again next weekend.

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