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Waltham Abbey through to FA Cup qualifying round after Whitton United win
10:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in Sport
Waltham Abbey booked their place in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup after beating Whitton United 3-0 in a preliminary round replay on Tuesday night.
The Abbotts were held to a 1-1 draw at home to the Eastern Counties League Division One side on Saturday but the replay was a different story as Paul Wickenden’s team ran out convincing winners.
Ayrton Coley put Abbey ahead in the 25th minute before Darelle Russell made it two in two games to double the visitors’ advantage before half-time.
Tom Bruno added a third in the second half to ensure his side’s progress to the next round where Abbey face a trip to fellow Ryman North side Tilbury on September 14.
Abbey’s focus returns to the league on Saturday as they host Wroxham.
Redbridge’s cup exploits this season suffered a double blow as they were knocked out of both the FA Cup and the Isthmian League Cup this week.
The Motormen were beaten 3-1 at home to Enfield Town on Tuesday night in the second round of the Isthmian competition with Lee Springer scoring the hosts’ only goal.
The defeat came just three days after Redbridge were also knocked out of the FA Cup at the preliminary stage after a 3-1 loss to to Burnham Ramblers.
Geoff Mitchell continued his excellent start to the season, putting the Motormen in front just before half-time with his fourth goal in as many games.
Ramblers equalised shortly after the break however, and two goals in three minutes later in the second period ensured progress for the visitors.
On Saturday, Redbridge return to league action at AFC Sudbury after an encouraging start sees them sitting eighth in the table.
Waltham Forest’s poor start to the season continued on Saturday as they were thrashed 7-0 at Aveley in the FA Cup preliminary round.
Aveley are currently third in the Ryman North Division, while the Stags sit second from bottom and the two sides’ contrasting league form was mirrored in the cup as Aveley registered a comprehensive win.
Forest have won one and lost five of their opening six league matches. On Saturday, they travel to seventh-placed Maldon & Tiptree.
Saturday is the fourth Non League Day taking place across the country, aiming to encourage supporters to get behind their local teams.
The Non League Day website, which can be found at www.NonLeagueDay.co.uk, offers a search facility for the whole country to find a game of your choice.