Highworth Town 4-0 Easington Sports
A Sound victory
This was the Worthians' first foray into the FA Vase this season and the tie offered up a potential banana skin to slip up on in the shape of Division One West Easington Sports. The Worthians were on the scoresheet very quickly after Aysa Corrick had charged down the right flank and cut the ball back to Chris Taylor who then guided it between the keeper and post with geometric precision for an early lead.
Dan Drewett had a shot blocked on the line after a quarter of an hour and then Adam Rimmer made a great save from Aysa Corrick five minutes later. Dan Drewett then had another good opportunity to add to the score-line, but his well-struck effort went straight to the grateful Sports keeper. Mike Spaull then had a shot from distance for the visitors but Garry Aulsberry was only required to dodge the falling conkers as the ball flew into the trees.
However, with just five minutes of the half remaining, more pressure saw the Worthians awarded a corner kick and in a repeat of the previous week, a great ball in from Ryan O'Hara to the near post saw Callum Parsons drift across a static defence to head home the second of the afternoon.
Easington's first chance of getting back into the game came a quarter of an hour after the half-time break when Mike Spaull drove down the left flank and lifted the ball into the path of James McMahon but the shot flew tamely over the bar.
The industrious Callum Parsons then seized an opportunity to round the keeper and slot the ball home, but his celebrations were thwarted by a goal-line clearance. However, shortly after, Nick Stanley carried the ball down the left flank and passed back to Josh Jones who crossed to the back post for substitute, Kias Bonner-Shea to head home with his first touch of the ball.
Adam Rimmer then saved well from Kias Bonner-Shea and somehow managed to dive across the goalmouth to keep out Ryan O'Hara's testing volley. The Easington keeper then parried a Callum Parsons thunderbolt and Kias Bonner-Shea should have scored from the rebound but instead he blasted the ball over the bar from less than three yards out.
Easington's best chance of the afternoon came when Joe Eyre had a mazy run for the Sports down the left flank and delivered an excellent ball into James McMahon but the burly forward's deft touch saw his shot evade the flailing arms of Garry Aulsberry but drift agonisingly wide of the far upright.
Normal service then resumed with Adam Rimmer keeping out a thunderous strike from Keiron Gleed and then as the contest was coming to a close, Nick Stanley crossed from the left for Keiron Gleed to flick on with his head to leave Callum Parsons with time and space to slot home his second of the afternoon.
The Worthians went about their task in a professional way and were good for their tally of two goals in each half, but credit to Easington who played some good football, never got disheartened and worked hard up to the final whistle.