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WILTSHIRE SENIOR CUP: Packer strike sends Southbrook through
ANT Packer dramatically secured a late Southbrook triumph as they dumped Warminster out of the Wiltshire Senior Cup at the first-round stage.
Packer slotted under the goalkeeper with moments to go at Weymouth Street as he fired the Wiltshire Premier side to a 2-1 success over their Western League Division One rivals.
The same man had given the visitors the lead seconds before the break when he saw his shot saved by the Warminster keeper but followed up to toe-poke home.
With around a quarter of an hour to go, the hosts won a contentious penalty for a foul that Southbrook felt was outside the box, and although the spot kick was saved by Max Scholefield, the follow up was tucked away.
However, in the dying seconds, Southbrook broke out from a corner and Devan Bryan held the ball up well before playing Packer into space, and he won the tie for Albert Dearing’s troops.
Boss Dearing said afterwards: “We played well in the first half, it was an even contest and both sides had chances. It was a great time for us to score just before half-time but in the second half it was a real battle.
“They were really at us and the keeper and the defence played well and there were plenty of last-ditch tackles. Although we had chances, they were few and far between.
“Thankfully we managed to win and it was a good day for us, it’s always nice to get a scalp away from home.
“This isn’t a competition we can win, but it was about getting through and giving ourselves another nice day out.
“We aren’t bothered who we get in the next round.”
Elsewhere in the competition, goals from John Rees and Harvey Scholes saw New College avoid at banana skin at Ludgershall as they triumphed 2-1.
Despite the absence of boss Rob Hopkins due to a wedding, player-coach Matt Cosnett stepped in and steered the students to victory, Nick McRae and Johnny Coole fired Purton to a 2-1 victory at Western League hosts Calne.
Supermarine Sports and Wroughton were emphatically dumped out, both losing 8-1 at the hands of Bradford and Bemerton respectively.
Blyskawica were beaten 3-0 at home by Trowbridge while Marlborough suffered the same fate against Chippenham Park.