Stotfold booked their place in the second round of the FA Vase with a 3-1 win over Bugbrooke St Michaels on Saturday.
Despite losing Aaron Welch and Michael Payne, both failing fitness tests, Stotfold defiantly started the brighter and it only took three. minutes to get the breakthrough.
Jake Long fed Charlie Joy wide left who then cut in on his weaker right foot, looked up, picked his spot and banged it into the top right corner from the edge of the box.
For the next 30 minutes Stotfold dominated the possession and territory with little reward at Bugbrooke managed to defend doggedly with a little luck along the way.
The first moment of controversy came on the 25th minute when Stotfold centre forward Ricky Young wriggled free only for the Bugbrooke centre half to rugby tackle Ricky’s left leg - but despite appearing to be the last man he escaped with a booking.
Then against the run of play, Stotfold switched off, the defence squared up, a ball came over the top and their number 11 found half a yard from close range and hammered it in to the roof of the net from close range.
Then an inspired piece of play from the restart saw Ricky Young try his luck. He hit one from the kick off that had the keeper beaten all ends up only to see it rebound off the bar so 1-1 was how it stayed into half time,
The halftime hairdryer from manager Rob Bates consisted of the fact that work rate wasn’t there - and it was time to cut out the individual errors, and move the ball quicker to feet.
A slight technical adjustment to plan B of a 4-3-3 bore immediate rewards as Ben L’Honore managed to wriggle free and slot it home in the bottom left for 2-1.
Then a 30 minute period ensued where Bugbrooke lost two players both for two stupid yellow cards leaving them down to nine and Stotfold started to relax, found more space on the ball and got them chasing.
On the 80th minute from the resulting free kick from the second sending off Ben L’honore found Louis Taylor in the box who slotted bottom left for 3-1.