Athletic progress in Challenge Trophy

Tring's Andy Humphries causes mayhem in the New Bradwell St Peter penalty area. Picture Courtest of Colin Sturges, Okewood Imagery.

Tring's Andy Humphries causes mayhem in the New Bradwell St Peter penalty area. Picture Courtest of Colin Sturges, Okewood Imagery.

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TAFC 3-2 New Bradwell St Peter

Two goals from Darren Franklin and one from Sam Joliffe saw Tring Athletic through to the next round of the Challenge Trophy.

A number of changes were made to the Tring starting line-up from Saturday’s win over Hanwell Town as Julian Robinson made full use of his squad.

Hosts Athletic were the first side to commit players forward and they had two opportunities to open the scoring in the first 10 minutes but both chances were scrambled away.

Having weathered this pressure, Bradwell then made the breakthrough with their first venture forward.

With time and space on the right, a cross came in and Bradwell number nine Greg Tite was on hand to head past Tring keeper Mike Underwood.

This, however, instilled more urgency into Athletic and, just eight minutes later, the home side equalised through Joliffe who was first to react to a parried save from goalkeeper James Howarth.

Athletic dominated the play for rest of the first half but failed to trouble the keeper or the score sheet.

Tring started the second half on the front foot and could have scored twice in the first few minutes, but these chances were missed.

They did, however, finally capitalise on an opportunity in the 52nd minute. With Tring having won a free-kick 25 yards out, Connor Waite played the ball square to Franklin who curled the sweetest of shots into the top corner leaving the keeper helpless.

And Franklin scored the second of his goals just six minutes later after he was the first to latch on to a long ball before coolly lobbing home over the oncoming keeper.

The visitors thought that there was an element of offside, and they may have had a case, but their protests only led to a yellow card for defender Matt Clinch for dissent.

Athletic, seemingly happy that they had done enough to win the game, appeared to take their foot of the pedal.

New Bradwell sensed this and grew in confidence, scoring again in the 71st minute.

Following a clearance from a corner by Underwood, the ball fell to Rob Mooney and – from outside the area – his shot found its way into Athletic’s goal.

This urged the visitors on and Tring were forced to defend – at times desperately – for the remainder of the game.

Next up for Athletic is a home game against Hillingdon Borough on Saturday.