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FA VASE: Vics stage a late rally but Shrivvy prove their class
SHRIVENHAM safely negotiated their way through the FA Vase first qualifying round after defeating Malmesbury 4-2 at Barrington Park.
Dave Turner’s higher-division side survived a second-period fightback from Vics before Dane Moulden’s late free kick ensured victory.
The home side went in front in the first half and much of the credit went to new signing Josh Fowler.
The young forward robbed a Malmesbury player as he attempted to shield the ball out, before crossing for Steve Robertson, who picked his spot.
Fowler then opened his account with a beautifully-struck effort from range and Richie Miles made it 3-0 when he tucked into the net following a ball over the top.
Malmesbury brought themselves back into it after the interval courtesy of goals from Scott Chilcott and Terry Moore, but Shrivvy made certain of victory in the closing stages thanks to Moulden.
Although his side were pegged back to a one-goal lead from 3-0 up, Shrivvy boss Turner said he was always confident of progress.
“I felt we were in control all afternoon, even when they got a couple back we looked the more likely to go and score another one,” he said.
“I thought we controlled it without playing well and I wasn’t worried at any stage. It was good enough on the day.
“At half-time I said that we looked a bit leg-heavy from Tuesday night’s exertions (against Thame) because we played 35 minutes with 10 players and one or two were still getting over that.
“But I was very pleased with how we approached it and it’s a good sign not to play well and still score four goals. It was a good result for confidence.”
Malmesbury boss Gareth Davies praised his side for their second-half performance but admitted the damage had already been done.
“The first half we weren’t good enough. I thought we did OK until they scored and the two quick goals they scored next cost us,” he said.
“We had a quiet word at half-time and we played with purpose after that. They really put in a shift and for 20 minutes I thought we battered them.
“We scored two goals and had two really good chances, and their keeper made one outstanding save from our new signing Ryan Welland.
“I didn’t think their fourth goal was a free kick, but at least in the second half Shrivvy knew they were in a game.
“The players gave everything I asked of them. I couldn’t fault them, it was just a shame they couldn’t do it in the first half.”
As expected, Shrivvy chief Turner has completed the signing of utility player James Blake, the pair having previously linked up at Wootton Bassett.
Blake did not play at the weekend but should feature against Oxford City Nomads in the first round of the Floodlit Cup on Wednesday Highworth midfielder Martin Stratford has verbally agreed to sign and Turner is keen to recruit further in the next week.
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