Driffill nets late winner as Flackwell Heath beat Ardley to reach league cup final

Ardley United 1, Flackwell Heath 2

Fabian Driffill scored a 92nd minute winner as Flackwell Heath booked their place in the final of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Cup with a 2-1 win over Ardley United this afternoon (Saturday)

Driffill instinctively fired home left footed after the ball was deflected into his path in second half stoppage-time to send the Heathens into the final.

Earlier Driffill had given the visitors the lead when he pounced on a mistake at the back and lifted the ball over the Ardley keeper in the 20th minute.

That's the way it remained until half-time but Ardley were still very much in the game and they stepped up that pressure in the second half.

Having come under a barrage of pressure the Heathens finally conceded in the 83rd minute when Ardley bundled the ball home from a corner kick.

However, as the play swung from end-to-end in the final minutes, Flackwell had the last laugh with Driffill netting their late winner.

They'll play Tring Athletic in the final after they overcame Hadley in the other semi-final after a penalty shoot-out.

Afterwards Driffill tweeted: “What a feeling, final here we come. “

Captain Jamie Essex added: “After turning our fortunes around this season, the boys deserve to be in a cup final. Proud to lead them today.”


Torquay United 1, Maidenhead United 1

Maidenhead United saw victory snatched from their hands in second half stoppage-time as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Torquay United.

After a goalless first half at Plainmoor, the Magpies took the lead through Sam Barratt's thumping volley in the 57th minute, and they looked like holding onto that lead until the 90th minute when Joe Lewis netted for the hosts following a series of corner kicks.

The result all but ends Torquay's slim play-off hopes, while Maidenhead sit 16th ahead of Monday's home game against fourth from bottom Aldershot Town.

The Shots confirmed their National League status with a surprise 3-1 win over promotion hopefuls Notts County while King's Lynn Town were relegated alongside Weymouth and Dover after they drew 3-3 at home to Eastleigh.

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