FIRST-HALF goals by Billy Melton and Josh Bonnett saw Waltham Forest through to the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy with a 2-1 home win over Tilbury on Sunday.
Melton struck after 13 minutes, working himself a shooting opportunity and finding the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards.
Another Melton shot, this one mishit, was intercepted by Josh Bonnett and fired into the net from close range to make it 2-0 five minutes before the interval.
Tilbury pulled one back 20 minutes into the second half when recently-arrived substitute Harry Cook did well to volley home an awkwardly-dropping ball. Dockers applied plenty of pressure after that but Forest defended well to keep them at bay.
With no replay needed, Forest will have played on only two grounds between August 23 and October 19, a run of 14 games including ten home fixtures and two away matches against landlords Ilford, in the league and FA Cup.
They have visited Cheshunt in the league and are due back there again to face temporary tenants Enfield Town in the Alan Boon Cup in the final game of the sequence.
To add to the oddness, their next scheduled game was also away to Enfield, in the league on October 22, but would have been played on a different ground since it was planned to be Enfield's first outing at their new home. But the match has been postponed as it clashes with the next round of the FA Trophy.
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