**HORSE 0-5 FROLESWORTH UNITED**
TWO GOALS and two assists from Sam Young inspired the Rabbits to a rampant cup success over Division One rivals Horse at Knighton Park on Sunday morning.
A brace from Chris Bradshaw, one for second-half substitute Joe Swanwick and a Young double gave United their third successive victory and ensured their name was in the velvet bag for Round Two of the FA Intermediate Cup.
Manager Ben Harris returned to the Warren after making the journey back from Nottingham at 7am, but his trip was relatively short in comparison with Plymouth Argyle coach Daniel Herring, who returned from Devon on Saturday night.
Spirits were high following the Clarets’ 4-0 defeat of AFC Hurricanes in the Arthur Moore Cup Group C the previous weekend, but Harris was forced into five changes for the trip to Brighton Avenue.
In defence, Martin Finnigan was employed at left-back, with Mark James moving across to right-back at the expense of Matt Pell. Luke Evans replaced skipper Craig Rowbottom in midfield, while Bradshaw and Dan Morrow returned to the fray, with Young on the left instead of Matt Rains.
Despite the difficult conditions, Frolesworth began brightly but centre-half Jack Boulton gave the traveling contingent an early scare, when he turned into trouble from a Matt Errington pass on the edge of his own box, only for the danger to eventually be averted.
It was certainly a clash of cultures, as United’s pragmatic and passing approach was matched by Horse’s physical intent and firstly Morrow was manhandled before Steven Bottom was twice clattered, the combative midfielder then retaliated with a lunge of his own.
But the robust nature of the game seemed to enliven Frolesworth, who came closest to breaking the deadlock through Evans’ rasping drive, which was tipped round the upright.
It wasn’t long before the Country Boys did open the scoring, though, as the troublesome Bradshaw bagged his second of the season. Young found space on the left, before delivering a teasing cross to the front-post, which was met by a sublime glancing header from the talented striker.
Despite leading the line on his own, Bradshaw was making a nuisance of himself and should have had a penalty when he was smashed from behind. However, he burst through moments later and once he had checked back, the defender could only haul him down and Young stepped up from the spot to double the lead in the 41st minute.
Harris would have been happy with the scoreline at the break, but he was treated to another two minutes later in an almost carbon copy of the opener. Young and Bradshaw were combining like spaghetti and bolognese and the former this time crossed deep to the back post, where Bradshaw met the ball with a towering header back across goal into the far corner.
With Frolesworth cruising, Harris introduced industrious midfielder Chris Capell for his debut at the break and also threw on Swanwick in place of the excellent Bradshaw on the hour mark.
And he rewarded his management team with a goal and silenced the critics on his return from Sheffield after a photograph was leaked on social networking site Facebook by a team-mate.
But Frolesworth weren’t done there, and Capell completed an impressive debut as he sent a sumptuous diagonal ball for man of the match Young to dispatch a thumping half-volley past the keeper in the 72nd minute as the Rabbits ran riot.
Errington made a fantastic diving save to his right late on to preserve his second successive clean sheet as Frolesworth continued their unbeaten record against Horse.
It is now three wins on the spin for Harris’ charges, the longest sequence under his tutelage thus far. But with just three points on the board in Division One, he will be hoping his side can really kick-start their campaign by springing a surprise against unbeaten Sparta Moshdock at Horsewell Lane next Sunday.
FROLESWORTH: ERRINGTON, JAMES, BAKER, BOULTON, FINNIGAN, EVANS (45 FOR CAPELL), BOTTOM, YOUNG, PANTONY, MORROW, BRADSHAW (60 FOR SWANWICK).
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