Albion cruise to victory in FA Cup

Albion cruise to victory in FA Cup

OSSETT ALBION have reached the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with an emphatic 5-2 victory away at Bamber Bridge.

The win has secured Richard Tracey’s Albion an away tie at Northern League side Bishop Auckland on September 3.

Things looked to be heading in a completely different direction early on when Bridge took the lead courtesy of a Michael Potts free kick from the edge of the box.

But less than 90 seconds later and Albion were back on terms through chairman Dominic Riordan who, playing his 250th game for the club, headed home his side’s equaliser from a Rob Bordman corner.

Albion then took the lead from the penalty spot on 17 minutes after Bordman was brought down by the opposition keeper.

But the in-form striker picked himself up and found the back of the net with the resulting spot kick to hand his side a two-goal lead.

The new double jeopardy law was the only reason the Bridge goalkeeper was spared a sending off.

Little did it matter when Albion doubled their advantage 10 minutes later. Prolific goal-scorer Bordman was on target again for the Unicorns.

In the second period Albion refused to just defend their lead and were looking to seal the victory as early as possible.

Bordman’s third goal of the afternoon, on the hour mark, went a long way to achieving that.

Bridge narrowed their deficit with four minutes to go thanks to Phil Doughty’s effort, but it was Albion who had the final say in the match.

James Eyles was the man with the goal to restore the away side’s three-goal cushion in stoppage time.

Albion play Bamber Bridge again tomorrow (Sat, 3pm), this time at home, as they search for their first win of the new Evo-Stik First Division North campaign.

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