Essex Senior League: Luke With’s brace for Barkingside stings Basildon United in first round of Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy
PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 November 2016
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Ilford left frustrated after cold weather freezes Stansted’s Hargrave Park pitch and tie is postponed just over an hour before kick-off
A double from Luke With sent Barkingside through to the next round of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy following a 3-2 win at Basildon United.
Gursel Gulfer’s team went into the tie off the back of a 2-0 defeat at Southend Manor in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.
And Side made the worst possible start at the Stuart Bingham Stadium with Reece Tranter firing Bees ahead after three minutes.
With equalised for the visitors with 24 minutes played on a cold, chilly night and it remained level at half time.
Barkingside grabbed the upper hand in the 64th minute when David Laird found the net to give them the lead.
Basildon introduced dangerous forward Nathan Dewberry off the bench and the striker equalised soon after.
The first round tie appeared to be heading for penalties at this point before With popped up with his second four minutes from time.
It was enough to give Gulfer’s team a fine cup win and set up a second round clash at Eton Manor.
Ilford were left frustrated, however, after their tie at Stansted was postponed just an hour and 15 minutes before kick-off.
Traffic trouble on the M25 and M11 initally provided problems for anybody trying to get to the stadium.
With temperatures dropping, the Airportmen were always concerned the Hargrave Park pitch would freeze over.
And unfortunately it proved the case to leave both clubs unhappy and the first round clash may not be played now until 2017 with Ilford’s fixture list packed with two matches a week until after Christmas.
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