Connor Wickham scores INCREDIBLE halfway line goal to send Forest Green Rovers through to FA Cup second round as they beat Northern Premier League side South Shields 2-0
- Connor Wickham scored a brace during Forest Green’s 2-0 win vs South Shields
- He sealed the win with a spectacular halfway line goal during injury time
- The win means Forest Green will advance to the second round of the FA Cup
- South Shields sit 78 places below Forest Green who play in the third tier
Connor Wickham scored a spectacular goal from inside the centre circle to help Forest Green Rovers move into the FA Cup second round, with a composed 2-0 win over South Shields.
The former Crystal Palace centre-forward scored a brace of goals in front of a bustling Shields crowd at the 1st Cloud Arena and sealed the win with a wondrous finish, flighting a long shot over opposition goalkeeper Miles Boney into the top corner of the goal.
South Shields, who sit 78 places below Forest Green, were outclassed by their opponents, who pulled ahead in the 28th minute, with Wickham glancing a header past the Shields shot stopper.
Connor Wickham (right) scored a brace of goals vs South Shields during FA Cup first round win
The centre-forward scored a sublime goal from the halfway line to give his side a 2-0 win
Kevin Phillips’ team hung on to a 1-0 lead for most of the match, but in the sixth minute of injury time, Wickham received a pass from Kyle McAllister, and seeing Boney off his line, took a swing at the ball from just off the halfway line.
It was a spectacular effort, reminiscent of Wayne Rooney’s halfway line goal against West Ham from a similar position, and caught the South Shields keeper off-guard.
South Shields sit 78 places below Forest Green who currently sit 23rd in the League One table
Wickham opened the scoring in the first half glancing a header past Miles Boney in the net
While it wasn’t all one-way traffic for the home side, Phillips’ side did look the second best team for most of the game, failing to trouble Lewis Thomas in the Rovers net until the second half.
Rovers, who sit at a lowly 23rd in League One having won just three games this season, had several chances to go 2-0 up in the match, with Tom Broadbent notably putting a dipping volley fractions wide of the goal.
Boney (pictured) was caught off guard by the injury time goal, which flew over his head
Wickham, meanwhile, added to his impressive tally of career goals, with the journeyman claiming his sixth and seventh goals for the club after he joined Forest Green Rovers earlier this year.
And the Rovers will be glad they brought him to the club, with his duo of goals helping the side achieve their first FA Cup win since 2019, when they beat Billericay 4-0.
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