Single strike is enough to see Tring Athletic through in Vase


An impressive curled strike from full back George Tomlin was enough to see Tring Athletic through to the next round of the FA Vase.

Tomlin’s 74th minute goal against Eaton Manor in the first qualifying round of the competition proved the difference in a close-fought game in which both sides produced plenty of chances.

Athletic claims for a penalty after only three minutes after midfielder Trevor Gibbs was clattered in the area were waved away, and Greg Deer was off target with shots from the edge of the box.

The visitors could have taken the lead against the run of play when Manor’s Dan Crowie ran onto a chip over the Tring back line, but in form keeper Mike Underwood made a great point blank save.

Soon after the break Jack Sunderland burst through Manor’s defence but keeper Wilkinson Boateng managed to save with one hand.

With an hour gone, Manor came closest to ending the stalemate when Kevin Bondjango’s shot beat keeper Underwood but Stuart Steadman was on hand to clear off the line.

Then Deer and Tomlin put together a neat move down the right which ended with Tomlin’s curler into the top corner to take the lead.

There was a nervous moment soon after when Manor’s Michael Castle appeared to be tripped well inside the area by Tomlin, but again the appeals for a spot kick were ignored.