Hooky earn another home tie after a five-star display

Hook Norton's Joe Eyre takes on Frimley Green's Dean Maclin at The Bourne
Hook Norton's Joe Eyre takes on Frimley Green's Dean Maclin at The Bourne

Hook Norton can look forward to another home tie in the FA Cup after they put on a show in their first game in the competition at The Bourne.

The Brewery Boys thumped Frimley Green 5-0 in Saturday’s extra preliminary round tie to set up a clash with Evo-Stik Southern League outfit Burnham in the next round.

Hooky’s first ever home tie saw them trounce the Combined Counties League side with substitute Luc Thornton bagging a brace.

The visitors came out of the blocks fast but were behind in the sixth minute when Dan Reeves latched on to a clearance from keeper Kurt Fox to fire into the far corner. The early goal boosted the home side and Frimley, despite playing neat passing football, found it difficult to cope.

Hooky doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute when Danny Poole and captain Joe Eyre combined for Henry Rose to head home. Hooky increased their lead in the 36th minute when a cross from the irrepressible Reeves was stroked home by Simon Hall.

The introduction of Thornton led to Hooky increasing their lead in the 72nd minute when he touched home Dan Watkins’ free kick. Thornton showed similar opportunism eight minutes later when he latched on to a long kick from Fox to grab his second.

Davies said: “I’m so proud of the players, they really arose to the occasion and played with great spirit and determination.

“We’ve got a tough game in the next round against Burnham but before that we have a game at Fairford which we will look to take Saturday’s performance into.”