BAKERS Arms boss Pete Smith applauded the efforts of Lower Stratton following his side’s 5-4 home win to book their spot in the Swindon Advertiser Cup final.

Smith’s men found themselves holding a comfortable two-goal lead before a brace from Stratton’s Richard Clark levelled the game mid-way through the second half.

While Stratton missed a golden opportunity to complete the comeback with five minutes left, Bakers Arms picked up the pieces as substitute Will Miller scored in the closing moments.

It rounded off a satisfying performance for Arms, but Smith admitted his men have more to offer.

He said: “At 4-2 up we were cruising. But fair play to Lower Stratton, they came back and levelled the game before we pinched a late winner.

“It wasn’t an easy game for us. Our centre back suffered concussion, so we had to replace him with one of our strikers on the bench.

“We’re still winning games, but we should be playing better.

“Lower Stratton had a chance to score a fifth goal before we pinched the game from them minutes later.”

Bakers Arms now have a cup final and a tough league run-in to worry about as second-placed Tawny Owl continue to close the gap at the top of the table.

With two games in hand, Arms’ scheduled fixture against Tawny Owl this weekend was postponed due to the latter’s Wiltshire Junior Cup involvement.

“I like the pressure we’ll get during the run in,” said Smith.

“We have a few midweek games which won’t be easy and I think we may drop points in some of those games.

“Fitness-wise, it’s a problem and logistically – some of us are finishing work at 5.30pm and kick-off is at 6pm.

“It’ll be a tough run-in but we’re no different to other teams that will be struggling with knocks and bruises.

“We’ll need to make the most of our six-pointer games.”

In the George Thomas/Don Rogers Cup FC Dorcan and Redhouse with 1-0 and 4-4 (5-3 on penalties) wins against Village Inn and North Swindon WMC respectively.

Tawny Owl are into the final of the Wiltshire Junior Cup after the thrashed Redlynch & Woodfalls United 7-1 on Saturday.

They will play Trowbridge & District League outfit Luxol St Andrews.