Larkhall Athletic fly Toolstation Western League flag in FA Vase
Larkhall Athletic will be the Toolstation League’s sole representatives in the last 16 of the FA Vase following their home victory over Peacehaven & Telscombe.
The Larks came from behind to win 2-1, while Premier Division rivals Bitton were beaten 2-0 at home by Northern League outfit Shildon.
Having put in a mammoth effort to clear the snow from the pitch and surroundings, Lakrhall were rewarded with a place in the fifth round of the competition.
Jamie Lyons went close for the hosts after quarter of an hour, but they fell behind when Peacehaven broke away from the resulting corner.
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Rob O’Toole’s shot struck the home side’s Luke Scott and ballooned over goalkeeper Chris Snoddy to put the visitors into the lead.
However, the sides went in level at the break thanks to Nat Auckland’s excellent free-kick equaliser.
Peacehaven had a goal disallowed in the second half and Larkhall took advantage to go ahead themselves when Simon Gilbert scored from the penalty spot.
The Sussex side tried to rally, but Snoddy kept them in check to earn a home tie with either Tunbridge Wells or Dunston in the last 16.
Almost everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong for Bitton, who trailed at half-time against Shildon courtesy of a deflected shot from Rob Briggs.
Early in the second period, the home side’s Hanin Rohmdame was sent-off for a handball, although Sam Alexander saved Briggs’ spot-kick.
However, a second penalty for Shildon was converted by Mark Hudson and only several fine stops by Alexander prevented a heavier defeat.