Lewis Brownhill got a pre-match boost from the Royal Air Force – and Thatcham Town responded by soaring into the last eight of the FA Vase.

By Ken Gaunt

The Berkshire club join two other Hellenic League sides in Monday’s draw after defeating Bromsgrove Sporting 2-1 at Waterside Park. The impressive Ekow Elliott scored both goals while Richard Gregory replied from the penalty spot.

It stretched their winning run in all competitions to 19 games under the shrewd guidance of Thatcham-born manager Danny Robinson.

Brownhill, 30, an aircraft technician, who plays for the RAF representative side as well as Combined Services, was heartened by the encouraging tweet from his military pals.

He said: “It is nice to know that people are interested in what I am doing and what the club are doing.”

Brownhill, whose brother Josh, plays for Bristol City, was part of the Kidlington side that reached the quarter finals two years ago. But their Wembley dream died when they lost to Bowers & Pitsea in a replay.

“I have been here before at this stage, “ he said. “ You just do not want to let the opportunity go. That’s for sure.

“It was a massive occasion against Bromsgrove, a huge crowd (701) and we rose to the challenge. The club is going places. It is a great time to be here.

“But it is really important we keep the momentum going on Saturday when we get back to business in the league. That’s our bread and butter and we cannot afford to let our standards slip.”

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