Mursley pip Grendon in Challenge Trophy

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Mursley United and Grendon Rangers were involved in a classic cup tie on Saturday with Mursey going through after an entertaining eight-goal thriller in the South Midlands League Challenge Trophy.

United started Lea Coulter for his first cup game while new signing Jack Ash was named in the squad.

Perna started the scoring for Grendon, but Mitchell Young hit back within two minutes before he added another on 42 minutes with a shot into the bottom corner,

Grendon then went on the attack and Andy Prescott broke through the Mursley defence and finished past Purnell in the visitors’ goal, but within a minute of the restart, Ben Brill smashed home Mursley’s third.

The referee then gave Young a straight red for an incident which remained a mystery to players and spectators alike.

Mursley were down to 10 men, but with Wardell and Kissane coming on, it was they who looked the more likely team to score and they duly did as Coulter got behind the Grendon defence and cut the ball back for 17-year-old Charlie Attwell for his first goal.

Grendon were not finished and Nathan Perna got on the score sheet from a free kick on 55 minutes, but Coulter sealed Mursley’s place in the next round with an excellent fifth and final goal.

Mursley Reserves were well beaten 7-2 in their Reserve Challenge Trophy tie at home to Cockfosters. The home side’s goals came from Michael Read and Tom Kennard.