Badgers battle back to keep cup dreams alive

Brockenhurst FC defender Ronan Moore scored the first goal in their comeback victory over Bishop’s Cleeve in the FA Vase.

FA Vase First Round: Bishop’s Cleeve 2-3 Brockenhurst FC


BROCKENHURST will host Romsey Town or Plymouth Parkway in the second round of the FA Vase after a 3-2 comeback victory over Bishop’s Cleeve.

Ronan Moore, Mitchell Speechley-Price and Freddie Bullard all scored as the Badgers move on after a gripping contest.

In the first half, Brockenhurst struggled to stop the Gloucestershire-based side and found themselves behind when Mikey Davis slammed home a Steve Davies cross from close range. The hosts had several chances to double their lead, but Jon Webb produced several quality saves to keeper the Badgers close going into half-time.

After the break, Brockenhurst conceded a penalty. Jack Watts stepped up and coolly placed it into the bottom right corner to give Bishop’s Cleeve a two-goal lead. However, the Badgers pressed forward with their cup dreams on the line.

Defender Moore found the back of the net on 61 minutes to give Brockenhurst a glimmer of hope. Seven minutes later, Speechley-Price, who recently returned from Australia, came off the bench to claim an equaliser for the Badgers.

Speechley-Price then hit the bar moments later as Brockenhurst looked to complete the comeback. With two minutes left to play, youngster Bullard found the winner with a near-post header from a Will Tickle cross.

Webb made two point-blank saves in injury time to preserve the lead and send Brockenhurst through to the next round of the cup.

Brockenhurst manager Pat McManus told the A&T: “It was another remarkable comeback, really, because in truth we didn’t play well for the first 45 minutes and found ourselves 2-0 down after an hour.”