Goals from Coventry City’s Callum Ball, Cyrus Christie and a late strike from Steven Jennings ended Arlesey Town’s involvement in this season’s FA Cup competition at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
The Blues had reached the first round proper for the second season running and while they gave it their all, in the end the Football League side were that much fitter and fully deserved their second round berth. City now host Morecambe or Rochdale on December 1.
Besides the three goals. Coventry also hit Nathan Abbey’s crossbar twice in the second half while man of the match for Arlesey was Shane Blackett although keeper Abbey kept his side in it with two excellent first half saves when the scoreline was 1-0.
Sadly there were just 6,594 spectators at the impressive 30,000-seater stadium while around 800 of those had travelled from east Bedfordshire hoping to witness an upset.
Goals from Kevin Kilroy and Joel Mason gave Biggleswade Town a 2-0 Evo-Stik Southern League lead at the interval away to Chalfont St Peter while second half strike from Craig Daniel, Lee Allinson and a stoppage time fifth from Paul Barnes sealed a superb 5-0 win for the Waders.
Potton failed to overturn that 8-0 opening day United Counties League defeat against Hollow visitors Oadby Town as they went down 3-1 in the home leg, the home goal scored by Stevie Thomas from the penalty spot.
And in the Spartan South Midlands League, Biggleswade United held Oxhey Jets in a 2-2 draw with goals from Jason Darvall and Sean Murray.
Meanwhile fellow Premier Division side Stotfold were 3-0 home winners against Leverstock Green thanks to strikes from Lee Pateman, Sean Herr and Mark Ellis.
And finally in SSML Division One, Langford were held in a goalless draw away to Amersham Town.