Bemerton knocked out of FA Vase

Salisbury Journal: Bemerton boss Ian Chalk watches on. Bemerton boss Ian Chalk watches on.

FA Vase fifth round (Saturday, February 9)

Spennymoor Town 4

Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2

Scorers: Young, O’Keefe.

BEMERTON Heath Harlequins’ FA Vase dream ended in County Durham after falling to a 4-2 defeat against the tournament’s red hot favourites.

The Salisbury side, who were hoping to break club history, got off to a remarkable start. Within the first two minutes prolific frontman Danny Young pounced on a corner which Spennymoor Town failed to clear.

But to Ian Chalk’s disappointment they found themselves on level terms, as Mark Davidson charged down the right to slot home a swift counter-attack. And suddenly Craig Ruddy put the hosts 2-1 up before the interval.

Harlequins held their heads high, and Kane O’Keefe placed his side right back in the tie with a well-taken goal.

With the game wide-open, it was the hosts who ran away with it.

Gavin Cogdon restored his side’s advantage and late on Davidson secured Spennymoor’s place in Monday’s quarter-final draw along with a cheque for £2,500.

• Chalk’s men are back in action tomorrow evening (Monday, February 11) at Western Way against Gosport Borough in the Russell Cotes Cup Quarter-final.

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