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Pritchard is key with 18th goal

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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Malmesbury Vics 0

Brimscombe 1

THIS was always going to be a difficult fixture for league leaders Brimscombe and Thrupp at The Flying Monk.

Play throughout was fast and furious, with Salt and Ellis looking dangerous for the home side whenever they had the ball.

But the visiting back four – the meanest in the league – held firm, with Ben Snook in fantastic form.

Ellis was unlucky when his shot from Brown's cross rattled the crossbar, but as the interval approached Brimscombe's front men were enjoying more of the game.

Mike Beckingham and Lee Pritchard initiated a great move but a last-ditch tackle foiled them, and then in the 40th minute David Woodfield breached the home defence but Alexander in the home goal saved well.

Pritchard (above) came to Brimscombe's rescue early in the second half when he leapt at the far post to head Ben Prictor's free-kick past Alexander for his 18th goal of the season.

This signalled an all-out attack on the Malmesbury goal, and Snook hit a great 25-yarder that crashed into the woodwork and the lively Beckingham drove a Woodfield cross that hit a post.

At the other end Thomas had to be alert to deny Joe Doery an equaliser.

In the dying seconds substitute Brett James drove a great chance over the bar from ten yards out.

Brimscombe 4 Reading Town 0

THIS was another Hellenic Premier League scalp in the Floodlit Cup for the Lilywhites, as they overturned Reading to reach the quarter-finals.

A first-half flurry of goals from Mike Beckingham (2) and Craig Cole put Brimscombe in charge in an exciting cup tie at The Meadow.

It was an impressive start for the home side, lacking several key players rested by manager Phil Baker.

The visitors played some nice football in the second half but lacked the cutting edge to finish most of their moves, and it was Brimscombe who showed the way with a fourth goal when Brett James connected with a Woodfield cross in the 80th minute.

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