PADBURY Village FC upset the form books on Wednesday night with a hard fought 2-1 Junior Charity Cup victory over North Bucks Premier League giants Loughton Manor.
With reserve team manager Bob Gough in charge, Padbury had a full squad to pick from for the first time this season and they took full advantage.
Padbruy started all guns blazing and took the game to Loughton as Elmes shot wide from Wood’s cross early on.
Village remained on top and continued to create chances – Defreitas and Martin going close – before taking a deserved lead.
As Manor appeared to be coming back into the game, Padbury opened the scoring when a long throw was flicked on to find Defreitas in the box and he smashed home.
The goal seemed to breathe confidence into Padbury as they bossed the midfield and looked threatening on the break – the best chance falling to Wood, who forced a fine save from the keeper following a mazy run.
Loughton eventually showed some attacking intent towards the end of the half as Padbury were forced to defend deep but they held onto their lead until the break.
Following an even start to the second period, Padbury snatched a second goal to double their lead.
It stemmed from a superb through ball from Hutchings that found Defreitas inside the penalty area and he let fly with a stunning half volley that found the bottom corner.
Padbury went in search of a third to seal the win but both Redshaw and substitute Chappell wasted chances.
Manor poured forward in hope of a way back into the game and they set up a tense last few minutes when a loose ball was lashed in from close range in the 85th minute.
Padbury came under pressure but they held firm though to record a well deserved victory and a passage through to the next round.