WITH THE rain pouring down, the Robins took the lead on 20 minutes when a vicious in-swinging free kick by Natty Jones was missed by everybody and found its way into the net.
Knowle knew they would have to work hard and needed a little bit of luck to keep their lead intact.
Now playing against the wind, they got the luck when a G.S.A. forward found himself unmarked only five yards out but somehow dragged his shot wide. The Robins doubled their lead when Oliver swung over a free kick, which veteran Andy Williams directed into the back of the net.
The hosts threw everything at Knowle for the final 15 minutes but through some good solid defending and two fine saves from Sean Edwards, Knowle kept their goal intact and came away with all three points.
BCFA Vase - Round Two
West Mids Police 3 - 5 Shirley Athletic (AET)
A SHIRLEY corner on 35 minutes was only half cleared, finding the in-form Steve Ruck, whose first time cross was met by Scott Kite to take the lead.
The first 15 minutes of the second half saw Shirley pinned in their own half. Despite all the efforts to defend their lead, Shirley found themselves 2-1 down with about 20 minutes to go.
Shirley’s Mike Mountford saw one effort cleared off the line, but shortly after he had another chance. This time, his shot could only be parried out to the awaiting Steve Ruck, who hit the underside of the crossbar, then the post before crossing the line to bring Shirley level.
Shirley now had the momentum and with 10 minutes remaining went ahead through Kevin Montague.
Despite missing a penalty, the Police kept bombarding the Shirley defence and got their reward to force extra time.
Shirley took the lead mid-way through the first period thanks to Steve Ruck and finished the game off with a goal five minutes before time, this time Mountford scoring.
B’ham AFA - Premier Division
Silhill 4- 3 AFC Somers
AN inspired run and cross by Curtis Karim picked out Steve Smith at the back post for him to score on 24 minutes to make it 1-1.
Andy McDonagh’s cross from the right forced an own goal by the Somers defender for 2-2, as Smith slid in and followed the ball into the net.
Then 29 minutes from the end, Silhill’s man-of-the-match Smith himself made it 3-2 as he stormed through and fired in a long range howitzer.
With four minutes to go, Karim’s deflected shot was saved by Foulkes yet Kavanagh was able to hammer the ball through the defence for 4-2.
That cushion turned out to be vital as Surplice made no mistake 50 seconds from time, scoring Somers third goal.
B’ham AFA - Division Two
Village (3rds) 2 - 5 Silhill (2nds)
Sils battled well against the gale and rain, and it came as a shock when Village took the lead on 17 minutes.
Silhill equalised through David Icke and took the lead 11 minutes into the second 45 when Johnny Walker smashed into the back of the net.
Then Morgan made it 3-1.
The home team later reduced the deficit via their centre forward Gareth Nagle, but it was soon 4-2 after Morgan bagged his second. The final score was a Silhill debut goal by rising star Lee Ewens.