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FA Cup 2nd round qualifying: Stourbridge 2 St Ives Town 0

By Nathan Judah | Non league | Published:

Stourbridge midfielder Leon Broadhurst rolled back the years to net a double and send the FA Cup specialists into the next round.

Stourbridge have progressed after another good win

The Glassboys, who made history by getting to the third round last season, were made to wait but veteran Broadhurst popped up twice in ten second half minutes to see Gary Hackett’s side through to the third qualifying round.

Stourbridge looked good early on and Josh Cooke saw his effort cleared off the line after a Tom Tonks corner caused all sorts of problems.

The visitors from Cambridgeshire could well have been ahead after 13 minutes but Phil Draycott shot wide at the back post after a good ball across the box by Lewis Hilliard.

It was a frustrating first half for the home side with Hackett’s men unable to turn their territorial dominance into clear chances.

Broadhurst was handed the captain’s armband after defender Stuart Pierpoint was replaced just before the hour mark and it took the new skipper just a minute to make a big impact.

Tonks drifted in from the left-hand side, curled a great ball in and Broadhurst was there to head past James Goff in the 59th minute.

Goff kept his side in it with a great save to deny substitute Danny O’Callaghan from a corner but it was another set piece that brought Stourbridge their second.

Tonks’ deep free-kick was headed back across goal by Duggan and Broadhurst was there to apply the finishing touch in the 69th minute and end any St Ives hopes of an upset.

Stourbridge: Gould, Christophorou, Westlake, Pierpoint (O’Callaghan 58), Duggan, Forde, Dodd, Broadhurst, Archer (Rowe 78), Cooke (Hague 62), Tonks. Subs not used: Green, Kiembi, Jeavons.

Nathan Judah

By Nathan Judah
@njudah_star

Digital Sports Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star

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