NON-LEAGUE ROUND UP: Cirencester Town progress in FA Trophy after beating Evesham United

Cirencester Town progressed to the first round qualifying stage of the FA Trophy after a 3-2 victory over local rivals Evesham United on Sunday afternoon.

The Centurions fell behind early in the second half to a Lewis Powell strike, before Ben Whitehead levelled 15 minutes later, netting his fourth goal in six games for Cirencester.


An Aidan Bennett double gave Charlie Griffin’s side a 3-1 lead late in the second half, before Powell’s second of the match left a nervy ending to the game at the Corinium Stadium.

Cirencester held on to earn £3,000 in prize money, and their reward for the win will be an away trip to Paulton Rovers later this month.

Elsewhere, Shortwood United extended their unbeaten run to five with a 1-0 win over Didcot Town thanks to Jack Freeman’s first half goal.

The Wood will host Southern Premier League side Frome Town at Meadowbank on 28 October, with £3,250 awarded to the winner of the tie.

It wasn’t all good news for the local Southern League Division One West sides, as both Cinderford Town and Slimbridge were knocked out by Bristol Manor Farm and Hartley Wintney respectively.

In the Hellenic Premier Division, Brimscombe & Thrupp celebrated Non-League Day in style as they climbed into sixth with a 2-0 win over Oxford City Nomads.

Lee Bowles’ first goal of the season and a second half strike from Ash Caldwell helped Sam Prior’s side extend their winning run to four games, and they will be hoping to further that when they face Shortwood United Reserves in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup on Wednesday evening.

Lyndey Town were also in action as they progressed to the next round of the Challenge Cup with a 4-0 win over Faringdon Town.

Niall Halford scored his first goals since returning from a long-term injury, with Lewis Halford and Owen Williams also on the score sheet.

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