Hurst Farm recover from three down to seal quarter-final place

Hurst Farm United and AFC Lea Holloway produced a lively encounter in the Cavendish Cup third round, with Hurst Farm eventually recovering a 3-0 deficit to be 6-3 winners after extra-time.

Lea Holloway started well but Hurst Farm keeper Garry Widdowson kept them at bay until a 20th minute corner rebounded off him and into the net to put the visitors in front.

And they were three up by the break, as first Marshall made it two and then Widdowson was beaten again to put Lea in a commanding position.

But the second-half was the total opposite, as Hurst Farm pulled one back through Steven Prime and then Haywood added a second from 25 yards out.

The comeback was then complete with a minute to go of normal time when Hall provided a cross-field ball to Travis whose cross was met by Toby McClean’s header and the ball found the net.

Extra-time saw Hurst Farm with the initiative and soon led for the first time when McClean was tackled from behind in the penalty area but saw his spot kick saved, only for Haywood to net the rebound.

It was then 5-3 as Prime netted his second of the afternoon, before in the second-half of extra-time, Haywood turned provider with a 40-yard through ball that found McClean to hit home from 25 yards out.

Toby McClean was named man-of-the-match.

Hurst Farm will now face Division One table-toppers Boythorpe in this weekend’s quarter-final clash.