Joy as Bucks victory makes club history

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LONG Buckby made club history by reaching the third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, with a comfortable win in Shropshire at the expense of their hosts Bridgnorth Town.

In the last round Bridgnorth had taken the scalp of higher league opposition in the shape of Romulus, but in all honesty an upset was never really on the cards.

With the temperature in the 70s the pitch was to prove a great leveller, with uncertain bounce and a big slope not allowing players from both sides to control the ball with confidence.

Early pressure from Buckby allowed most of their players to have attempts at goal, with the hosts conceding some needless corners.

Most of Buckby’s good work was down the left with Ling and Kelly combining to create chances for Koriya, Quigley and Davis.

Dunkley was proving more than a handful for Bridgnoth player/manager Mark Clyde and the ex-Wolves player knew he was in a battle when Dunkley laid the ball back in 22nd minute for Ling to fire over.

A foul on Quigley in 35th minute on the edge of the box resulted in the fouled player taking the free kick himself and firing just over.

Bridgnorth, although playing with the slope had not really caused the Buckby defence many problems until the 42nd minute.

Keeper Tom Stephanou had to dive full length to palm away a good effort from Lewis Welch. This save ensured the teams went in level at half-time.

The game followed a similar pattern in the early stages of the second-half with a shot from Koriya that the goalkeeper kept out.

The deadlock was broken on 61 minutes when a Bridgnorth defender slipped and left Koriya with a clear shot that he swept into the net to make it 1-0 to Long Buckby.

Koriya again had the ball in the net three minutes later but this was ruled out for offside.

Koriya had run his legs off and was replaced by Rob Foster in 69th minute.

Andy Gordon replaced Greg Ling on 73 minutes and he was immediately involved foraging down the right, with Davis shifting to the left.

On 77 minutes Welch had a rare opportunity for Bridgnorth when he broke through the offside trap but shot wide.

Craig Kelly had a good chance to increase the lead from a free-kick on the edge of the box, but the ball ended up straight at the keeper.

Buckby made their last substitution on 81 minutes when Richie Allen replaced Josh Davis. The move reaped immediate rewards as he earned a corner from which the ball was headed across goal by Dunkley for Chilton to provide the final touch over the line – 2-0 to Buckby.

Bridgnorth’s biggest FA Cup crowd for 22 years, 201, were disappointed by the result but the better team progressed to Monday’s draw.