London Colney make it to Wembley but are knocked out of FA Vase

LONDON Colney made it to Wembley in the FA Vase, however they were beaten 4-1 by their hosts in the second qualifying round on Saturday.

The Blueboys started brightly with a Matt Newman shot being blocked and then Craig Knightley following up saw his effort beaten away by Wembley keeper Lee Pearce.

For Wembley Daryl Atkins and then Warren Waugh went close, while for Colney Mark Paradise let fly from 25 yards but his shot whistled past Pearce’s right hand post.

Then on 22 minutes Wembley opened the scoring when Atkins crossed for Roy Byron to score from eight yards.

The Blueboys tried to hit back with Newman firstly curling an effort wide and then Knightley firing over.


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A Dave Keenleyside free-kick went right across the goalmouth with no Blueboys players getting that vital touch.

For Wembley Richard Brown latched onto a long kick upfield from Pearce, but Mark Whittamore was quick off his line to block the shot.

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With two minutes to go before the break Wembley went 2-0 up. A Byron cross was headed home by Atkins.

In the second half the Blueboys put on some pressure and after a good ball in from Callum Wright, Newman had a shot tipped round the post by Pearce.

Matt Sutton had a header cleared off the line and then Greg Shaw headed wide.

Wembley broke away to make it 3-0 through Atkins again and it was four soon after as Waugh tucked home.

Newman was denied by Pearce before Knightley had a header cleared off the line, then Newman hit the woodwork for the third match running.

Colney did get a consolation through Knightley in the last minute as they exited the Vase.

London Colney Reserves won 3-1 at home to Stotfold Reserves on Saturday.

Sebastain Thomas hit a brace and new signing Lewis Foster netted.

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