Cadbury rout adds to Southam misery following FA Cup exit

Southam pile on the pressure during the second half of their FA Cup clash with AFC Wulfrunians. Picture: Morris Troughton
Southam pile on the pressure during the second half of their FA Cup clash with AFC Wulfrunians. Picture: Morris Troughton
  • Midland League Division One
  • Cadbury Athletic 4 Southam United

Three goals in the opening half put this match beyond the reach of Saints and leaves them languishing close to the foot of the Midland League Division One table, writes David Hucker.

Cadbury were buzzing after a 5-0 win at Bolehall Swifts the week before and a good cup result at the weekend and they went ahead in their very first attack after just four minutes.

Saints found themselves two goals down when the defence again failed to deal with a cross into the box and then captain Stuart Butcher gave keeper Tom Cross no chance with a low shot into the corner in the 36th minute to make it 3-0.

Manager Quentin Townsend made two substitutions at half-time with Pawel Tomczak brought into the attack and the returning Charlie Neale going to full-back, but it was Cadbury who scored again in the 71st to round off a night to forget for Saints.

On Saturday, Saints made an early exit from the Emirates FA Cup when goals in each half from Ricky Anslow gave AFC Wulfrunians a comfortable 2-0 extra preliminary round win.

With the Midland League Premier visitors boasting a 100 per cent record from their opening two league matches, it was no surprise they started out the more confident team and it took until the 15th minute for Jack Brighton to create the first opening for Saints when beating his marker down the right, only to shoot wide.

Brighton had another chance three minutes later but could not get enough power into his shot and then keeper Daniel Tipton just beat Suki Nijjar to the ball.

The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute when an inviting cross was not cleared and Ricky Anslow forced his way through to poke the ball home.

Wulfrunians were denied another goal within a minute of the interval when Anslow burst through and beat Cross, only to see the ball bounce back off the post to safety.

Cross then saved at the near post before Ajibade just failed to get his head to a 50th-minute Brighton corner.

Wulfrunians got their second in the 64th minute when Anslow volleyed home after a free-kick and Cross denied him his hat-trick with a good save shortly after.

Tomorrow, Saints are home to Heather St Johns (3pm), while on Tuesday they travel to Studley.