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Bushin fires Bridgwater into next round
1:37pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
RICHARD Fey praised the winning mentality of his Bridgwater Town side after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over neighbours Taunton Town in the FA Cup preliminary round replay.
A Joe Bushin header three minutes from time was enough to send Fey’s side through, and he believes the Robins were worthy of the win.
He said: “It was a close game, but I think on chances created we probably just about deserved to win. We’re playing well at the moment and we’ve got to the point where we don’t know how to be beaten. Including pre-season, that’s our 14th win in 16 games.
“But credit to Taunton, they are a good side and they will be right up there come the end of the season. It was good cup tie, but we’re really pleased to be going through.”
Daine O’Connor gave Bridgwater the lead shortly before half-time, only for Jamie Price to level things up for the Peacocks with a stunning individual strike.
After the drama of Saturday’s tie, in which five players were sent off, this game started in rather pedestrian fashion.
Bridgwater’s Aaron Wilson registered the first shot on target midway through the first half, but his curling effort was easily pouched by Kyle Moore.
The Robins should have taken the lead just before the half hour mark when Bradley Middleton was left entirely unmarked from a James Pilling free-kick, but shunted his header high and wide.
Bridgwater finally made the break-through on the stroke of half time; Daine O'Connor stooping to nod home a deep Alex Faux cross that was knocked back at the far post.
After the interval it was the home side who were generally on top, but the Peacocks levelled with a stunning individual goal from captain Jamie Price twenty minutes from time.
For ten minutes or so Taunton enjoyed their first sustained spell of domination in the tie and looked the more likely winners, with Rodney Marsh and Owen Irish both going close.
But three minutes from time Joe Bushin got on the end of a teasing cross from the right and looped a perfectly placed header over Moore to secure Bridgwater's passage to the First Qualifying Round.
Taunton manager Leigh Robinson was left to rue two defensive lapses as his side crashed out of the cup.
He said: “It’s a difficult one to swallow really because I don’t think there was much between the sides – I don’t think either side did enough to win the game.
“But it’s two lapses in concentration that have cost us – we didn’t deal with balls into the box and we’ve paid for it, it’s hard to take.
“I can’t question the work rate or effort of the boys though, they gave it everything.”
Bridgwater host Merthyr Town at Fairfax Park on Saturday in the FA Cup first qualifying round, with their dreams of making the first round proper still intact.