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AFC Aldermaston win in cup then lose in league
AFC Aldermaston left it late to knock Soldiers Return out of the Basingstoke Senior Cup last Wednesday.
The visiting Basingstoke and District League side looked to be heading for a giant killing against their Hampshire Premier Division rivals as they led 2-0 thanks to goals from Paul Hussey and Darren Rowe.
With 10 minutes to go Aldermaston finally scored from Kai Parton-Edey and they levelled through Carmel Tonna with two minutes left.
It was left to Chris Allen to grab the winner deep into added on time.
Aldermaston boss Terry Rooney said: “Against Soldiers we played our best football of the season in the first 20 minutes, but they took their chances and we found ourselves 2-0 down.
“They sat back then, but we took out time to get the three goals and it was quite a odd match really.”
That should have spurred Aldermaston on for their Saturday league fixture, but instead they went down 4-0 to AFC Stoneham.
Trailing 1-0 after 30 minutes the turning point of the game proved to be just before the break, when Dan Allison was brought down in the box, but Parton-Edey’s poorly struck penalty was easily saved.
After the break Stoneham scored three more for an easy win.
Aldermaston boss Rooney said: “It was a bad day at the office we just huffed and puffed, but never really got anywhere.”
The manager will hope for better this weekend when they are at home to Clanfield.