Sheppey United defeated Erith Town 3-2 on the road to progress through to the next round of the FA Vase at the weekend.
Ernie Batten gave new signing Malachi Hudson a full debut, whilst Adam Molloy, Billy Bennett and Danny Smith all returned to the starting line-up.
The Ites made an in-different start at the early stages of the game with the home side taking the lead on 15 minutes – Harry Gamble not picked-up well as a free-kick was crossed over to him and head past Molloy for 1-0.
Half-Time: Erith Town 1 Sheppey United 1
The Ites took the lead on 55 minutes – Hamill’s cross headed down by Orome for Midson to swivel on the turn and dispatch into the net for 1-2. However, the lead was short lived with Erith Town getting a fortunate penalty on 60 minutes, Hamill adjust to have tripped an opponent inside the box which appeared a few yards outside. Despite Sheppey players protesting, the referee stayed by his original decision and Steadman Callender converted the spot kick for 2-2.
Sheppey were the much stronger side this half and got their reward with 66 minutes on the clock – Hudson picking-up a ball from Bennett and firing in a debut goal and Sheppey’s third goal of the afternoon.
Full-Time: Erith Town 2 Sheppey United 3
Sheppey Utd 11: Molloy, Smith, Tenyue, Howlett-Mundle, Birch, Orome, Hamill, Bennett, Roberts, Hudson, Midson
Subs Used: Aibangbee (Hudson), Hagan (Roberts)
Suns Unused: Northwood, Freeman, Freiter
Man of the match winner: Dan Birch