Moses Carvalho and Billy Coyne fire Stansted past Basildon United as they earn a trip to Coggeshall Town in first qualifying round of Emirates FA Cup
Stansted pulled off an excellent 2-0 home win over Basildon United to reach the first qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Moses Carvalho and Billy Coyne scored for the Airportmen, who will now travel to another Isthmian League, North Division side in the shape of Coggeshall Town on Tuesday (September 22) in what is their best run in the competition since 2011.
Stansted went into the preliminary round match on the back of a midweek 2-1 Essex Senior League, Premier Division victory over Walthamstow thanks to Jordan Palmer's brace, and they produced a dominant performance at Hargrave Park.
The Bees, who were playing their first competitive game of the season, started brightly, but Stansted broke the deadlock with one of their first attempts on goal, Carvalho heading home after Coyne's corner had not been fully cleared.
Coyne doubled the home team's lead five minutes before the break when he curled an excellent free kick into the bottom corner.
A rumour went round Hargrave Park at half time that Basildon had fielded an ineligible player – Joe Staunton, who was substituted after five minutes, was said to be suspended.
However, there was no need for talk of expulsion or the match being void as Stansted were able to secure the win. And they nearly scored a third goal towards the end but Ash Siddik was denied by goalkeeper George Marsh.
There was no luck for Sawbridgeworth Town as they lost 3-1 at home to St Margaretsbury and exited the competition.
The visitors went ahead after 37 minutes through Ryan Reed's long-range strike, but Conor Clarke, who had earlier been denied by Emmanuel Oklajide, equalised immediately with a volley.
The away side restored their lead just four minutes into the second period when Kyle Roberts netted from eight yards.
Goalkeeper Oklajide made excellent saves to twice thwart Jake Skeet as well as Clarke, before Reed's free kick at the other end sealed the win for their opponents.
The Robins did pick up a league point last Tuesday night when Skeet scored in a 1-1 home draw with Clapton.
Takeley were also in action that evening but goals from Glenn O'Hanlon, Andre Humphreys and Ryan Lynch could not prevent them suffering a 4-3 home defeat to Hoddesdon Town.