The FA Vase SECOND ROUND PROPER Harefield United 2 Barkingside 1
Goals from Danny Buckle and Luke Lloyd earned Harefield United a deserved yet nervous 2-1 win at home to Barkingside.
Buckle converted a penalty before Lloyd struck a second half winner to send the Hares into the last 64.
Their reward is a tough trip to Suffolk to face last year's beaten finalists and current Eastern Counties Premier League leaders Lowestoft Town, on December 6.
Defences were on top early on at Preston Park on Saturday although both keepers also had to be on their toes, with Harefield's Charlie Miller making some good saves to deny Barkingside. At the other end Craig Dennis looked like he was trying to disable Chris Drake and Joe Kelly and a hard and fast game opened up on 14 minutes when Danny Callaway pushed Drake in the back and Buckle coolly put the Hares in front.
Chances continued to be made by Lloyd and the Hares forwards but the Barkingside defence or their keeper Paul Daley was up to the task.
Brad Jones and Chris Lewis maintained the pressure on Harefield and it took a slice of luck and a poor refereeing decision to bring the Essex Senior League side level. The Hares defence stepped up at a free kick to leave five players offside and all play-ers stopped, but no whistle came and a grateful Jones rifled the ball home.
In the second half Harefield's fitness started to show but poor finishing and desperate defending kept them out and all the time the score remained 1-1 Barkingside looked dangerous on the break. Buckle latched on to a cross from Adam Willis but headed well wide, Lloyd also fired off-target before on 73 minutes he found some space for himself to make it 2-1.
The last 15 minutes were stressful as the Hares were unable to extend their lead despite having most the game, but they did hang on to bank the £1,200 winners' cheque and book a date with Lowestoft. HAREFIELD: Miller, Williams, Lloyd, Eldridge, Haynes, Williamson, Buckle, Willis, Kelly, Brown, Drake. Subs: Cowan, Maleknia, Houliston.
Goals, Hares: Buckle 14 (pen); Lloyd 73. Barkingside: Jones 29. Attendance: 188. [25a0] The reserves felt hard done by after they were left with only a 2-2 draw when goals by Joe Newman and Kieran Peters were ultimately cancelled out by an equaliser for hosts Leighton Buzzard which had more than a suspicion of handball.