Scholars down Canvey Island in FA Cup replay to set up Bath City clash

PUBLISHED: 09:19 21 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 21 September 2016

Ryan Forde on the ball.

Ryan Forde on the ball.

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Potters Bar Town booked their place in FA Cup third round qualifying for the first time in seven years after a 3-2 replay victory over Canvey Island at the Pakex Stadium last night (Tuesday).

Following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the seaside, Bar pulled out a super display to bridge the gap to the Ryman League Premier side, who sit one level above Steve Ringrose’s men, and secure a home encounter with Vanarama National League South outfit Bath City in the next round on Saturday, October 1.

Town’s first goal had more than a hint of the weekend’s efforts.

Billy Baird, who’d supplied Ashley Nathaniel-George for his headed opener at Canvey, again fizzed a right-wing cross into the box and this time Eoin Casey met it with an angled nod for 1-0.

Eleven minutes before the break the visitors were level.

Good interchanging in the box set up Tony Stokes, who notched the late equaliser in the initial clash, to fire home from 15 yards.

The two sides weren’t to enter the break with parity.

Ryan Forde’s surging run from inside his own half carved through the Island defences and a deflected lob beat keeper Louis Godwin-Green.

The home side were well worth their half-time lead and in the 64th minute things got even better for them.

Scorer Forde cut the ball back to Michael Murray to smash beyond Green for 3-1.

George Sykes’ 80th-minute effort to make it 3-2 set up a nervy finish but the Scholars hung on for a famous cup victory.

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