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WILTSHIRE SENIOR CUP: End of the road for surprise package Southbrook

SOUTHBROOK were unable to spring another shock in the Wiltshire Senior Cup as they were sunk by visitors Downton at the second-round stage.

The Wiltshire Premier side knocked out Western League First Division side Warminster in their opening game of the competition, but were beaten 2-0 by Wessex Premier opposition this time out.

That was in spite of the Pinehurst Road side having plenty of chances throughout the contest, one of the biggest games in the club’s 22-year history.

Craig Kent overran an early one-on-one as the hosts created a number of early opportunities, but it was Downton who took the lead moments before half-time when a corner was flicked on at the near post and powered home.

Southbrook continued to create chances after the break but their challenge was effectively ended in the latter stages of the second period.

Left-back Andy Lewis miscontrolled the ball and Terry Dearing fouled a visiting player in the box, with the resulting penalty being converted.

Southbrook manager Albert Dearing said he could not have asked for any more from his players, other than a crucial finishing touch.

“If we went on chances we would have been well in front and their goalkeeper pulled off some great saves, it seemed effortless for him,” said the boss.

“I’m really proud of the lads, they gave a really good account of themselves and you wouldn’t know there were two leagues between us.

“Although we didn’t get the result, I don’t think Downton expected to get a game like that and the lads played really well.

“Every one of them ran themselves into the ground, the only thing they could have done better was put the ball over the line.”

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