Stansted into third round of the Buildbase FA Vase for the first time since Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle was leading their attack
For the first time since Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle spearheaded their attack in 2010-11, Stansted are through to the third round of the Buildbase FA Vase following Saturday's 1-0 home win over Mildenhall Town, writes Liam Apicella.
In what turned out to be a tie lacking in clear cut chances, Ryan Ramsey's goal on the stroke of half-time got the job done for the Airportmen at a sodden Hargrave Park.
Stansted will now travel to Stowmarket Town in the third round, with the tie scheduled for Saturday, November 30.
It was the visitors from the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League, Premier Division who dominated much of the first half, yet for all of their possession, George Marsh in the Stansted goal was largely unworked.
Phill Weavers dragged one shot wide from a corner while Quevin Castro and Matt Green both blasted well over.
However, there were no such issues for Ramsey, who in the fourth minute of time added on at the end of the first half rode a couple of challenges on halfway and then broke clear to beat visiting goalkeeper Jake Hayhoe with a low finish.
Jack Brame and Ben Nolan had good opportunities to draw Mildenhall level after the restart, but neither could keep their efforts on target as Stansted held out, much to the delight of the home faithful.
Meanwhile, Takeley triumphed 5-1 at West Essex in the Essex Senior League, Premier Division.
They ended a run of three league defeats as Jason Todd, Mitchell Das, Bryn Thorpe, Charncey Dash and Michael Castle all netted.
They went into the match on the back of a 2-0 midweek home loss against Hashtag United in the preliminary round of the Errington Challenge Cup.
Ross Gleed and substitute George Smith notched for the visitors who will entertain Sawbridgeworth Town in the next round.
Dunmow Rhodes went down 3-2 at home to Witham Town in the second round of the Gordon Snell Trophy.
Emilio Caceres-Sola got both of their goals as they fought in vain to overturn a 3-0 deficit.