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REPORT: Long Eaton United progress in the FA Cup

Long Eaton United progressed to the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup after beating Lincolnshire side Grimsby Borough 3-1 at Grange Park.

Goals from Kameron Campbell, Romaine Graham fired the hosts 2-0 up with 20 minutes to go. Jack Bradbury reduced the lead before Ryan Ingram put the tie beyond all doubt.

Mitchell Robinson, Paolo Piliero and Alex Marshall were unavailable due to suspension. Several debutants started for the home side, including former Belper Town and Mickleover Sports midfielder Danny Gordon.

In a very back and forth opening sequence, Long Eaton created the first big chance. Jamie Walker crossed the ball from left-hand side to James Shaw at the back post but the striker hit his half-volley over the crossbar.

Kieran Walker caused havoc with one of his patented long-throws. Jamie Walker latched onto throw-in and his low shot was cleared off the line.

Just two minutes later, United took the lead. James Shaw flicked the ball over the top of the Borough defence, which allowed Campbell to race through and slot home.

The middle part of the first half didn't provide much in the way of chances. Graham almost extended the home side's lead with less than ten minutes until half time. The skipper got a touch to Jamie Walker's free-kick before it was deflected just over the woodwork.

Grimsby Borough came flying out of the blocks in the second half. Adam Drury's saw his piledriver tipped around the post by Sam Wilson in the 47th minute.

With just over 20 minutes of the game to go, Long Eaton doubled their lead. A long-throw Kieran Walker was instinctively headed into the back of the net after Jamie Walker's volley was deflected.

The away side found a way back into the game in the 76th minute. Bradbury was lightning quick at the back post and his cool finish found itself past Wilson.

Wilson made a fantastic save with just five minutes to go to keep the tie in Long Eaton's favour. His outstretched leg denied Drury from levelling the scores.

The game was put to bed just before added time through Ingram. Another cannon of a throw-in found the substitute, who took the ball under his spell and squeezed his shot under Liam Higton.

With just seconds to go, the visitors were reduced to ten men. Substitute James Dean-Atkinson received his second yellow card after barging a United player in the corner.

With the sound of the referee's full-time whistle Long Eaton United progressed into the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, where they will face either Bottesford Town or Selston at Grange Park on Saturday 12th September. That tie will take place tomorrow at 7:45 pm.

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