Ardley United’s dream of going on a famous FA Cup run was ended by a last-minute goal away at Chippenham.
United more than held their own against the Southern Premier Division side in the second qualifying round as a combination of good defending and poor finishing kept the game goalless at half-time.
Chippenham pressed forward in the second half, forcing Ardley to defend for long periods, but the visitors were given a glorious opportunity to take a shock lead when Jon Gardner was brought down in the box for a penalty, only for goalkeeper Kent Kauppinen to save Callum Convey’s spot-kick.
Luke Ingram and Danny Bone then both had efforts but Ardley paid the price for their wastefulness when Omay Simpson snatched a late winner.
Back in league action on Tuesday, a red card for Ardley goalkeeper Jack Harding was the decisive factor in their 4-2 defeat at Flackwell Heath.
Goals from Ricky Johnson and Ingram put United into a 2-1 lead on the hour-mark, but Harding’s red card allowed the home side to take control and score three times for victory.
Ardley host Thatcham Town in the Hellenic Premier Division this weekend.