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Avro make history with FA Vase victory
Monday 5th November 2018 @ 11:51 by Mark Phillip

FA Vase Second Round

Avro 2-1 Squires Gate


Despite being reduced to nine men, Avro secured their place in the third round of the FA Vase with a 2-1 victory over Squires Gate at the Vestacare Stadium.

Kane Wallwork gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute before Mike Stockdale doubled the advantage 14 minutes later.

However the visitors were given a lifeline soon after when Avro were reduced to ten men. Midfielder Louis Potts was adjudged to have initiated head contact with Joey Mullen, leaving the referee with no alternative but to dismiss him. 

Squires Gate took advantage of the extra player in the opening stages of the second-half and reduced the deficit in the 57th minute through Riccardo Egidi’s first goal for the club.

Despite their best efforts to force an equaliser, the visitors were unable to break down the Avro defence and the hosts stood firm for a historic victory. Avro will now host West Auckland Town in the next round, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 1.

Avro have made the Vestacare a fortress this season, so it came as little surprise when they opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Wallwork fired an unstoppable effort past the visiting ‘keeper.

Gate responded well and should have levelled matters shortly after, but Joe Booth fired his effort straight at Jordan Latham in goal.

Avro would have doubled the lead had it not been for the post, but it mattered little as they went on to score a second minutes later. A corner whipped into the box found an unmarked Stockdale who headed home with real conviction. 

The omens didn’t look good for Gate, but they were given a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when Potts was dismissed for a silly altercation.

After regrouping during the interval, Gate responded in the second-half and pulled one back in the 57th minute. Egidi opened his account for the club when he headed home Adam Sumner’s cross.

The visitors went in search for an equaliser and were given a further boost when Stockdale, who picked up a second yellow, was given his marching orders with five minutes to go.

Gate metaphorically threw the kitchen sink at Avro, but their efforts proved to be in vain as Avro held out for a memorable victory.

Picture by Mark Hutton