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Waltham Abbey through to FA Trophy first qualifying round after beating Walton & Hersham 2-1
12:24pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
Waltham Abbey are through to the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy after sealing a 2-1 victory at home to Ryman South Division side Walton & Hersham on Saturday.
Abbey made the breakthrough just before the half-an-hour mark as Walton failed to clear a cross and top-scorer James Peagram tapped in at the far post.
The lead lasted less than a minute however as Julian Owusu headed home to equalise for Walton.
The score remained 1-1 until half-time but Abbey took control in the second period and in the 67th minute a simple long ball down the middle saw Ayrton Coley outpace Steve Betancourt before lobbing the ball over the goalkeeper.
Abbey now face a trip to Southern Premier Division side Arlesey Town in the tournament on Saturday, October 19.
Paul Wickenden’s men would have been less pleased with a 2-2 draw against local rivals and Ryman North strugglers Waltham Forest last Wednesday.
Fifteen points separate eighth-placed Abbey and bottom-of-the-table Forest but it was the Abbotts who were relieved to grab a point in the dying moments of the match.
All four goals came in the second half and it was Abbey who took the lead first as Darelle Russell’s looping header found its way into the back of the Forest net on the hour mark.
The Stags fought back bravely however, and turned the game on its head with two quick goals in ten minutes from Oyetunji Oyewale and Richard Worrell.
But Forest were denied a second win of the season as Coley chipped high into the net to snatch a point for the Abbotts at the death.
Abbey travel to struggling Ware on Saturday, while Forest are away to Aveley.
Forest were unable to back up last week’s gutsy performance against Abbey as they were hammered 6-0 by Folkestone Invicta in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Redbridge also exited the competition after they went down 3-2 at the hands of Chatham Town.
The game was goalless at half-time but the Motormen found themselves three goals behind with 12 minutes to go thanks to efforts from Lee Hales, Austin Gacheru and James Alderman.
Eljay Worrell pulled one back for Redbridge and Emiel Aiken set up a dramatic finish when he made it 3-2 with five minutes remaining but the Motormen were unable to complete the comeback.
Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton’s side lost 2-1 to East Thurrock last night (Tuesday) in a friendly with Daniel Charge scoring. On Saturday, they face a trip to 14th-placed Cheshunt.