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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Coalville Town 0 Bardon Hill 1

Soccer AM/MW's Turls likes nothing better than getting down to the grass roots of the game in his native Leicestershire.

This weekend, as he reports, he went to see Coalville Town's shock home defeat to Bardon Hill Sports in the FA Cup Preliminary Round.

Bardon Hill produced another cup upset as they dumped local rivals Coalville out of the FA Cup to progress to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

A last minute goal gave the 10 men of Bardon the win to claim bragging rights in the north west of Leicestershire.

Bardon came into the game having beaten Arnold in the the last round and on the back of an impressive start to the season but were still deemed to be the underdogs.

However, Bardon started emphatically as they took the game to Coalville from the off. Had it not been for a saving tackle from Lewis Dodd, Bardon may have found themselves a goal up in the opening five minutes.

This early scare did little to galvanise Adam Stevens' men as Coalville still struggled to get to grips with the pace of the Bardon play. Lewis Dodd came to the rescue again by clearing a ball off the line after poor marking had allowed Bardon a free header from a corner.

With the half time whistle approaching at the Owen Street Sports Ground, and with Bardon in the ascendancy, Stevens went into the dressing room with a fierce scowl.

Coalville came out all guns blazing in the second half as they launched attack after attack on the Bardon goal but, despite the wily play of Carl Adams and Lee Miveld, the Ravens couldn't fashion any clear cut openings.

After 10 nervy minutes, Bardon went back on the attack and were denied by a good bit of goalkeeping after a quick counter-attack had created a chance for the Bardon front line.

As the ball was crossed in, a combination of luck and good defending prevented the ball from crossing Coalville's line and a tame header ended the move.

With the game looking certain to end in a draw, frustrations started to boil over in the last few minutes. As Bardon looked to attack again, their number seven was brought down by Lewis Dodd.

Bardon's winger reacted angrily and shoved Dodd in the chest. Having been booked earlier in the game, the referee was given little choice and gave him his marching orders.

With their opponents down to 10 men, Coalville's fans saw a gleam of hope but a defensive error from Ash Brown allowed Bardon a one-on-one.

A poor shot saw the ball cannon off the goalkeeper into the path of Bardon's number five who struck a vicious volley from the edge of the area which arrowed into the back of the net with venom.

Scenes of jubiliation for the Bardon fan as Coalville look to turn their attention to the league.

It also gives us great pleasure to announce that fellow Leicestershire club Loughborough Dyanmo's 2-0 win over Long Eaton in the FA Cup has set-up an exciting clash with the Skyrockets at the Clouds in a fortnight's time.

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