Mighty Vikings cause another cup upset on the road

Justin Harding pounced for a late equaliser for Hakin

FAW Trophy – Round 3

Garden Village 1 – Hakin United 2

It was a familiar comeback, it was a familiar score line, it was a familiar outcome as Hakin United deservedly won against Garden Village to progress to the next round of the FAW Trophy at Stafford Common on Saturday.

The Vikings are doing it the hard way with already famous away wins at Goodwick United, Cwmamman United, and now the scalp of Garden Village.

Brandon Yeap opened the scoring before Justin ‘Skinny’ Harding equalised with a stunning strike to level matters at the break. In the second half Adam ‘Titch’ John grabbed the winner for the delighted Vikings.

It was the hosts who took an early lead as the ball came off the crossbar and fell kindly to Brandon Yeap had the simple task of a tap-in.

Both Harding and Ashley Bevan came close to scoring as the visitors pressed for an equaliser.

The Vikings solid defence consisting of Leon Luby, Jay Power, Camron Thomas and Jake Merry all had fine games.

Great strike by Harding

The visitors deservedly equalised in the 31st minute with the best goal of the game, Harding struck a worldie which flew in the top corner.

Matthew Broome put in another strong performance in midfield alongside the industrious teammates Jack Britton, Ashley Bevan, Garin Gardner and Adam ‘Titch’ John.

Adam John worked hard for Hakin

Titch grabs winner

The Vikings grabbed the winner in the 52nd minute which stemmed from a corner which broke to John who struck a first-time volley into the net.

The were no further scares as the Vikings held firm for the remainder to beat the Swansea based team who play in the Welsh League Division 1.

Hakin United manager Scott Davies

“I can’t fault the lads’ character to come from behind and win away from home again is just brilliant.

“It was a fantastic team performance, we created chances, and, on the day, I think we were the better outfit.”

A nice touch at the game was Garden Village and Hakin United players paid an emotional tribute to former Hakin goalkeeper Phil ‘Jumbo’ Davies.

Hakin United face another stiff away tie when they travel to Monmouth Town on Saturday, 11th September.

Garden Village: D. Carroll, E. Rees, A. Smith, T. Lewis, C. Dougal (75, C. Matthews), D. Salvage, M. Morris, C. Poland, B. Yeap (59, N. Beniamous), K. Morgan, K. Richards.
Subs not used: R. Morgan, A. Giardelli, A. Sillah.
Hakin United: Gareth Fawcett, Leon Luby, Camron Thomas, Jay Power, Jake Merry, Matthew Broome, Justin Harding (84, Laurie Haworth), Garin Gardner, Ashley Bevan, Jack Britton, Adam John.
Subs not used: Jaydon Chapman, Ewan Findlay, Ben Aldred, Brad Barrett.

Referee: Garwyn Davies.

Garden Village and Hakin United pay tribute to Phil Jumbo Davies