Atherstone boss Adam Davies back his side against anyone at home after dumping Long Eaton United out of FA Vase

Mitch Piggon celebrates his equaliser for Atherstone Town (Credit: Gary McGuffog)

Atherstone joint-boss Adam Davies says his side are more than capable of beating anyone at home after Mitch Piggon capped a fine afternoon with a brace to see off Long Eaton.

The Adders were under the cosh for large parts but responded well and took control in the latter stages with Piggon’s brace.

Cowley had the home side ahead. But they were pegged back in the second half by Mitchell Robinson. 

Davies said: “We have to credit the lads today for how they managed the game. You can see why Long Eaton are where they are.

“They were tough to beat, and we had to be incredibly organised. But our lads would not be beat today and that is testament to the desire they have created to win – I think we could beat anyone here in front of our own fans.

“It’s great to still be in the FA Vase but the lads are showing what they are capable of week in, week out so we must continue that consistency.”

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Long Eaton almost capped a frenetic opening period with a goal when Jamie Walker drew a smart save from Carl O’Neill before James Taylor smashed the rebound over.

Atherstone weathered the storm and could’ve gone taken the lead themselves with a couple of efforts. Ryan Quinn lifted an effort over the bar before Piggon stung the palms of Marcus Coombs.

Atherstone took the lead on the stroke of half time through Chris Cowley whose slotted shot squirmed under Coombs and had the legs to find the net.

Walker was trying his best to respond for Long Eaton early in the second half, heading straight at O’Neill from close range and dragging a shot wide in quick succession.

Long Eaton were cranking up the heat on their hosts and the pressure finally told after 73 minutes. A bullet of a long throw from Kieran Walker only needed the slightest of touches from Robinson’s head to divert it beyond O’Neill to restore parity.

A whipped cross to the back post found James Shaw for the visitors who blasted goalward. But he didn’t count on Darren Eggleton getting his body in the way and blocking his low shot.

The game teetered back in favour of Atherstone when Piggon was brought down by Coombs in the area. The striker dusted himself off the put the hosts ahead.

But Piggon wasn’t done yet. He pounced on a ball over the top and kept his composure to round Coombs and place his shot into the empty net to make sure for the Adders and put them into the third round.

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