LITTLE Oakley beat FA Vase semi-finalists Great Wakering Rovers 4-2 in the Essex Senior League, writes LARRY DOBKIN.

The Acorns went ahead from their first attack.

A ball played into the Rovers box picked out the lively Luck Hipkin who raced beyond his defender to tap the ball past Daniel Blockley.

Conceding seemed to spur Rovers on and inspired some neat passing football, although they did not really produce any clearcut opportunities.

However, the visitors were level when Talbot tapped in from three yards, after Charlie Kendal had headed the ball across goal.

Rovers were now looking a good side and Jake Gordan's searching ball through the Oakley defence was cut out by a sliding Lewis Wood but picked up by Jack Nolde.

He hit a hard low cross towards Talbot who skilfully got in front of Hart and guided the ball into the corner to give the visitors the lead.

Oakley went in at the break trailing but only a minute of the second half had elapsed when Harry Mann fired an unstoppable shot into the top of the net, having initially been denied by Blockley's fine save.

The Acorns were now well on top with man of the match Billy Lawlor and his defence on top form.

The hosts went ahead in the 55th minute when a searching ball in between the Rovers central defenders found a fast-moving Papple who controlled with one touch before stroking the ball past the keeper.

Left-back Ed Nobbs' header went over the bar as the Acorns tried to make the game safe.

And the Acorns wrapped up their victory through captain Lewis Wood, who rose to powerfully head Hipkin's free-kick into the top of the net.

The last chance of the game ended with Talbot winning a header in the Oakley box which went marginally over the bar, as the Acorns claimed victory.