FOOTBALL: Knaphill fail to read the script at Fairford Town

Fairford Town players pose with the FA Cup at their Cinder Lane ground on Saturday. Left to right: defenders Colin Curtis and Alex Evans alongside striker Alex Rudd (9373943)

Fairford Town players pose with the FA Cup at their Cinder Lane ground on Saturday. Left to right: defenders Colin Curtis and Alex Evans alongside striker Alex Rudd (9373943)

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KNAPHILL'S FA Cup debut ended in success as they returned to Surrey after a 3-1 win over Uhlsport Hellenic Division One West side Fairford Town.

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

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The FA Cup trophy was present at Cinder Lane for the pre-match build-up, allowing supporters, players and officials three hours to have mementoes from the day.

Phil Ruggles' side made a quick-fire start and a brace of goals from Josh Watkins ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides.

The visitors, playing in the competition for the first time in their history, made the better start and soon got to grips with the game against a youthful Fairford line-up.

The opening goal came after just 10 minutes when a thunderous 25-yard strike from Jamie Daltry swerved into the back of the net.

Fairford struggled to get a hold on the visitors' attacking impetus and the second goal arrived on 19 minutes. Having beaten the offside trap, Watkins found himself unmarked before dispatching the ball past Joe Snell.

It was Watkins who doubled his tally for the afternoon when he latched on to a long ball into the box and slotted the ball home.

After the break Fairford were handed the opportunity of a lifeline after a foul on Welland saw the midfielder pick himself up to take the spot-kick just before the hour.

His attempt struck the post with the follow-up headed over, summing up a frustrating afternoon for those of a Red persuasion.

Fairford did get a goal back and it was superbly carved out.

Good interplay between Steve Hall and Luke Cordery saw the latter cross for captain Matt Boucher, who finished emphatically from close range.

FAIRFORD TOWN players past and present will take part in a charity match for the British Heart Foundation in memory of John Hathaway on Sunday (August 24).

The match will see an FTFC Legends XI take on a John Hathaway Memorial XI at Fairford Town's home ground, Cinder Lane. Kick-off will be 3pm.

John was a regular first-teamer at Fairford from the late eighties through to the start of the new Millennium, a stand-out performer under managers Paul Richardson, Denzel Brisland and Mark Webb. John passed away from heart failure in 2009 at the age of 40.

The match will be the second fund-raising event staged at Cinder Lane following the charity match in August, 2012, which raised £1,000 for the charity

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