Mursley knocked out by Oakley

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Mursley United went out of the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup after suffering a 3-0 defeat to a strong and well-organised Oakley United side.

The game started at a frantic pace with both sides having chances in the opening minutes, first Paul Hollingsworth had an effort turned over by Clarke in the Oakley goal, who then saved from a point blank header by Robin Tucker.

At the other end, Brown created space on the left and with the Mursley defence stretched, the ball fell to Poole, six yards out, but he fired his effort wide. Oakley continued to pressure the hosts and Mursley struggled to get a foothold in the game and were relieved to get to the break with the game still scoreless.

The pattern of the game remained at the start of the second half as Mursley battled hard to keep pace with their energetic opponents, but after an hour, Mursley lost the ball in their own half, Brown put Almond in and Dean Trowbridge was unable to hold his shot, allowing substitute Gray to put the ball into the net.

Mursley pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but Oakley hit them on the break as the ball was rapidly sent forward to Almond whose low shot eluded Trowbridge at the near post, before a back-pass saw Trowbridge drive his clearance against the on-rushing Brown and divert into the Mursley net, securing Oakley’s victory.