Badshot Lea beat Brockenhurst to progress in FA Cup

By Tom White  
Friday 12th August 2022 6:00 am
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Gavin Smith is in confident mood before the new season
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Badshot Lea’s FA Cup adventure rolls on after the Baggies comfortable dispatched Brockenhurst 4-0 at Westfield Lane on Saturday in their extra preliminary round tie.

Dean Rule broke the deadlock for the Baggies in the 29th minute, and Cameron Gyeabour’s penalty on 35 minutes doubled the home side’s lead.

Rule scored his second of the afternoon in the 48th minute, and Jordan Wynter completed the scoring on 83 minutes.

Despite the emphatic win, Badshot Lea co-manager Gavin Smith felt his side have plenty to work on.

“There is loads of room for improvement,” he said.

“We couldn’t get to grips with Brockenhurst early on. For the first 20 minutes they played better than us.

“They are a young energetic side and they started well, but once we scored we were pretty comfortable.

“At half time we were wondering how we were winning as we hadn’t played that well, but the second half performance was much-improved and we deserved to go through.”

Badshot Lea’s reward for beating Brockenhurst is a trip to Hamworthy United in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday, August 20.

Before that, the Baggies get their Combined Counties Premier Division South campaign underway this Saturday, with a home game against Abbey Rangers (3pm).

And Smith is expecting a tough game for his side.

“We played Abbey Rangers in the cup last year and they’re a good strong side,” he said. “It’s a tough game to start.

“Our aim as a club has always been to keep improving, so we want to be in and around the top five again this season.”

Farnham Town are also in Combined Counties Premier Division South action on Saturday, when they will entertain Cobham at The Memorial Ground (3pm).

Manager Sean Birchnall has urged his side to concentrate on their own performance.

“Our base level for every game is that we will work hard,” said Birchnall.

“The players need to go out there and execute our game plan. There is a good atmosphere at the club and the players are getting to know each other away from football.

“There is a real buzz at the club among the players and the coaching staff.”

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