Wednesday 07 November 2012 Updated: 07/11 16:08
Southam United 6 Stretton Eagles 4
SAINTS moved into round three of the Athium Midland Combination Les James Challenge Cup after coming out on top in a ten goal thriller at Banbury Road on Saturday.
After an uneventful opening, the game sparked into life with two goals in as many minutes midway through thefirst half.
Southam took a 26th minute lead when Josh Cole;s chip cleared keeper Dave Kirkland and found its way into the net off unfortunate defender Liam Mander.
But the Division One visitors swept straight down field to level through Tom Liverdage who coolly placed a free kick just under the angle of post and bar leaving keeper Ollie Manuel stranded.
Scott Walkman fired Stretton ahead in the 32nd minute but Saints equalised within 60 seconds as Ryan Lych released Cole who clinically finished.
Seven minutes later Southam regained the lead as Cole bravely headed in a cross from Craig Watkin and, on the stroke of half time, Lynch’s low cross into the penalty area was converted by Jim Graham.
Stretton reduced the arrears eight minutes after the break with a fine shot from Tom Ellerton but Saints restored their two goal cushion in the 63rd minute when Simeon Smith converted a Lee Thomas cross to keep his 100 per cent scoring rate in this season’s cup matches.
Eagles responded when the quick thinking Jordan Dent volleyed past Manuel but Saints sealed victory as George Curry, who was at the heart of most Southam moves, delivered an astute through ball into the path of young substitute Robbie Stephans who raced past defenders before beating the advancing Kirkland.
Saints boss Lee Knibbs said: “Its always pleasing to make progress in cup competitions as winning breeds confidence and reinforces good habits.
“However, it showed that we still have much work to do, especially in defence, if we are to meet our objectives for the season.”
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