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Silchester reach Chris Price Cup final
SPORTING Silchester travelled to Ropley for a North Hants Chris Price Cup semi-final on Sunday and found themselves a goal down on a hard pitch after just five minutes.
A corner kick into the mix caused confusion and turned into an own-goal.
20 minutes of Silchester dominance paid off when Ty Aldridge equalised, before Kevin Hill scored twice to give the visitors a 3-1 half-time lead.
Silchester continued to run the game after the break but Ropley scored late in the game from a free-kick to reduce the deficit to a single goal. However, Hill drilled in his third of the day with a shot from 30 yards to secure the victory and Silchester’s fourth successive away win.
Rotherwick secured a place in their very first cup final with a 2-0 victory away at Hampshire Irons in the Basingstoke Junior Cup semi-final.
The league newcomers put in a great team performance but the game remained scoreless until the 80th minute, when Chris Sawkins latched on to a Kristian Tolbot through-ball to slide past the despairing Irons goalkeeper.
A minute later, Rotherwick’s Nick Stanley cleared off the line, before Scott Simmonds’ lobbed pass was finished off by Sawkins to secure the visitors a final berth.
The fourth round of the North Hants John Ward Cup saw Eastrop Eagles entertain South View.
It was a scrappy game affected by the visiting keeper being sent off after just nine minutes. The 10 men of South View battled hard to stay in the game but Tom Kelly’s solo run gave Eastrop the lead in the second-half.
Michael Morrissey equalised from a James Hartwell throw and South View almost stole the tie when they hit the bar near the end – but a late own-goal put them out of the cup.
Harriers knocked out Worthies S&S of Winchester 3-1 thanks to goals from Joe Goldstone, Jason Browning and Jason Upton.
In the Presidents Cup, AC Marstons were knocked out at the first hurdle, beaten 8-1 at Clatford Arms, while Republic of Chineham earned their passage through to the next round with a resounding 5-1 victory away at Hurstbourne.
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