Poate toasts perfect birthday following Moneyfields victory in FA Trophy 

Brett Poate. Picture: Neil Marshall
Brett Poate. Picture: Neil Marshall

Moneyfields started their FA Trophy campaign in style with a thumping 5-1 extra-preliminary round victory at Evesham United on Sunday.

Dan Wooden fired in a double, while there were goals from Lewis Fennemore, Dan Woodward and Felipe Barcelos.

The win was the perfect result for Brett Poate.

Celebrating his 35th birthday, the defender expected to carry on the celebrations on the way back to Dover Road.

‘I think we might have a few beers on the way back after that,' said Poate.

‘Our win was fully deserved and everyone was at it right from the start.

‘We were three goals up by half-time and they could have had few complaints if it had been five or six.

‘They were rocked back on their heels and couldn't cope with us.

‘If we had won the game by eight or nine they wouldn't have argued about it.

‘Our goalkeeper, Steve Mowthorpe, pulled off a couple of good saves in the first half but apart from that they hardly troubled us.’

Despite Evesham sitting third in the Southern League division one east, Moneyfields – who are one place above the relegation zone in the same division – stormed into a three-goal lead in the opening 33 minutes.

Dave Carter’s visitors showed they were at it from the start and were denied by the woodwork on seven minutes.

Three minutes later Wooden cut in from the left and found the bottom corner from long range to give Moneys the lead.

A good finish from the edge of the area from Barcelos brought a second goal, with Woodward notching a third before the break.

There was no let up in the second period and Jake Raine put Fennemore put the tie beyond reach.

The rout continued when a Sam Pearce header assisted Wooden for his second goal of the game.

The hosts grabbed a late consolation. 

The victory adds a valuable £2,000 to the Dover Road coffers.

And Poate is hoping Moneyfields can bolster the club’s kitty even further when they host Worthing in the FA Cup third qualifying round on Saturday. 

He added: ‘We have had four difficult away games but come away without being beaten.

‘At the moment we have a way of playing away that works for us.

‘We have a big FA Cup game against Worthing at home with another £15,000 at stake.

‘Sunday brought another £2,000 to the club and the players have been promised a bonus if we can get a result in the FA Cup tie.’