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3 February 2018

buildbase Buildbase FA Vase - Fifth Round

Coleshill Town 2 Bracknell Town 4 AET (away view)
Seb Bowerman gave the Robins the perfect start on six minutes when he raced onto Short’s flick on to fire low past the keeper. Bowerman came close again three minutes later, coming within inches of getting on the end of Joe Grant’s Cross. Bracknell threatened again when Bohane timed his run perfectly to get on the end of a through ball from McClurg, but the hosts keeper did enough to hold him up until a teammate could retreat and force Bohane to put his effort wide.

The Robins came close again on 25 minutes when Davies headed McClurg’s free kick back across the box to Joe Gater, but his volleyed effort crashed back off the crossbar. Shortly after the management team were forced into a change with Justin Clayton unable to carry on after picking up an injury, Carl Withers was the man to replace him.

Further chances fell to Grant and Bowerman before the break but despite the Robins dominance they went in at half time just the one goal ahead and were made to pay for their missed opportunities on 50 minutes, when Reece Leek latched onto a long ball over the Bracknell back line and slotted the ball past Grace to bring the Colemen level. This awoke the home supporters and the atmosphere inside Pack Meadow was turned up a notch as both sets of supporters exchanged chants, this fired the hosts up and Bracknell had to weather a nervy 15 minutes of pressure from the home side in which they wasted a couple of opportunities to take the lead, but credit to the lads they held firm and didn’t fold.

The game began to open up and on 72 minutes the Robins came close to re-taking the lead when Bowerman skipped past his man and crossed for Grant but his miss hit effort went agonisingly wide. The managers looked to exploit the tiring legs of the Colehill back line and replaced George Short with Adam Cornell. With full time approaching Cornell thought he’d found the winner after tucking away Bowerman’s cross but the celebrations were cut short by a dubious offside flag, with neither side able to find a winner the game headed into extra time.

Neither side created any real opportunities in the early stages of the first half of extra time, but the game sprung to life 10 minutes in when Chris Grace dived full stretch to his right to superbly keep out a low effort that looked destined for the back of the net, from that the Robins broke up field and Bohane cut the ball back from the byline for Adam Cornell to side foot home to the Robins ahead and send the fans behind the goal into raptures. Shortly after the break Bracknell made their third and final change with Bennett replacing TJ Bohane in attack.

As Coleshill went in search of an equaliser they left gaps in their midfield which Bracknell exploited when the ball was worked wide to Bowerman, he skipped past his man and pulled the ball back to Joe Grant on the edge of the 18 yard box, he created himself a yard of space and hit left footed rocket at goal which the keeper managed to get a touch to but couldn’t stop it flying into the top corner.

Coleshill again poured forward looking for a route back into the game and they got it with a few minutes remaining, a cross was flicked onto skipper Carl Davies into the back of his own net. The Colemen looked to try and force a replay and threw everyone expect the keeper forward, the robins won possession back on the edge of their own box and released Bennett who took the ball around the advancing keeper but was hauled back and referee James Oldham pointed to the spot. Seb Bowerman calmly sent the keeper the wrong way but there was nothing calm about the celebration that followed as both players and fans celebrated the club making it through to the FA Vase quarter-final, the furthest the club have made it in the competition. The full time whistle was greeted with a massive cheer from the travelling fans who had gathered by the tunnel to congratulate the players as they left the pitch.

Thatcham Town 2 Bromsgrove Sporting 1
Two goals from Ekow Elliott fired Thatcham Town into the Buildbase FA Vase quarter-finals. The kick-off was delayed 15 minutes due to the crowd congestion at Waterside Park, but Elliott soon quietened the large visiting contingent with his brace. Although Richard Gregory reduced the arrears from a penalty before half-time, Sporting were unable to get themselves back into the tie and the Kingfishers ran out deserved winners.

Elliott's first came on 18 minutes when he created some space in the penalty area and fired a low left-footed strike past Reece Francis into the bottom corner. Nine minutes later he added a second when Harry Grant cut in from the left wing, and Elliott used the pace of his cross to guide the ball home with this right foot. Almost immediately from the restart the Kingfishers almost had the tie wrapped up when Harry Grant thumped a shot from 25 yards against the underside of the crossbar.

But Bromsgrove soon came back into the tie. The pace of their front two had been a threat from the outset, and on 35 minutes they both played their part in reducing the arrears. Jason Cowley weaved his way through the penalty area and was brought down by Town's keeper Chris Rackley, and Gregory converted from the spot.

In the second-half the same pattern of play continued, with the game quite tight and chances at a premium. Shane Cooper-Clark headed over for Thatcham, while Sporting came close on the hour when Aaron Roberts surged forward and Max Loveridge's cross across the face of goal just needed a touch.

However as the game went on, the visitors left gaps at the back and Thatcham missed several chances to make the margin of victory more convincing. The bustling Cooper-Clark caused most of the problems, with the wing play of Elliott and Jemel Johnson also stretching the visitors. Elliott almost glanced home his third from Jemel Johnson's cross, while Babs Jarra and Cooper-Clark forced saves from Francis, who also got a vital hand to the ball as Johnson attempted to round him.

Bromsgrove came close to levelling when Gregory flicked a header narrowly wide from a Roberts delivery, but with Thatcham unable to score a third, the Kingfishers closed the game down and settled for a 2-1 win in front of 701 spectators.

Windsor 2 Hamble Club 0
Windsor have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase this season after a 2-0 win against Hamble Club in the fifth round proper on Saturday.

Windsor were always comfortable over Hamble in the last 16 tie at Stag Meadow with goals either side of the break from Riccardo Cannon and man-of-the-match Jack Denton. The home side started the brighter and were rewarded with the opening goal on 20 minutes. Denton crossed low from the right wing and Cannon flicked the ball over keeper Rory Anderson from inside six yards, It was a smart finish from the striker, who was on the turn when connecting with the ball.

Windsor could not add to their lead before the break but continued to press for goals early on in the second-half, Denton adding the second with an outstanding solo effort on 51 minutes. Keeper Hugo Sobte had the awareness to distribute the ball quickly to Denton who raced into the Hamble half. Thanks to a smart dummy-run from Captain Keiran Knight, the attacking midfielder skipped past two defenders into the box, before unleashing a right-foot finish past Anderson. The visitors from the Wessex League Premier Division rarely threatened the Windsor goal with Denton missing several opportunities to add further goals at the other end.

The victory, in front of 625 supporters at Stag Meadow, capped off a fine day for the Hellenic League, with Bracknell Town and Thatcham Town also reaching the final eight of the FA Vase.

Windsor manager Mick Woodham told the Observer: "I'm exhausted but great credit to the boys. I'm very proud, It was a terrific game. "I'm very pleased for everyone here because, off the pitch, to get a crowd in like we have today, there has been a lot of work put in behind the scenes and I'm delighted for everyone. For the players, they should be so proud of themselves, for us to be in the last eight of a national cup competition."

Goal scorer and man of the match, Denton: "I'm just buzzing really. It's a great competition and I'm just buzzing to get through to the next round. "The emotions are still quite high but it's a good feeling

Match Report provided for Windsor FC courtesy of Rob Stevens of the Windsor Observer

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Highworth Town 3 Fairford Town 1
Highworth Town returned to winning ways at the Elms today with a 3-1 victory over neighbours Fairford Town.

Having taken the lead after just 24 seconds when a Jason Milhench shot from the left appeared to be deflected in by a Fairford defender, the hosts dominated the first 45 minutes and with more clinical finishing should really have been further ahead at the break.

Ash Edenborough extended the Worthians lead after 53 minutes forcing home an Aaron Ferris cross. Conor Lynch then reduced the arrears on 60 minutes for the visitors, firing home after a corner was not cleared.

Highworth's two goal advantage was restored after 66 minutes when substitute Rory Sproule curled home a beauty from 20 yards. There were no further goals in the remaining 24 minutes but after a rash tackle by Fairford substitute Steve Hall, a melee ensued which resulted in both the miscreant and Highworth's Edenborough being dismissed.

All in all a decent performance on a heavy pitch in front of a crowd of 120 with a promising debut from Conor Waldon who on another day may well have bagged a couple of goals.

Highworth Town 3 Fairford Town 1 (away view)
Highworth Town returned to the top of the Premier Division table after a 3-1 victory over Fairford Town on Saturday afternoon, with both sides ending with ten men after a feisty derby encounter.

The visitors, who lost 3-1 to promotion hopefuls Thatcham Town a week ago, were caught out inside the first minute when former Fairford winger Jason Milhench connected with a deep cross to open the scoring from close range. Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline during the remainder of the first half, which was played out in front of an expectant crowd of 120.

The second goal of the game arrived eight minutes into the second period when Ashley Edenborough met a cross from Aaron Ferris to finish from close range against his former club. Fairford then got back into the encounter just four minutes later. On loan striker Conor Lynch produced a composed finish, a neat turn and shot for his third goal in Reds’ colours to make it 2-1 with half an hour remaining.

The home side sealed the points 66 minutes in with substitute Rory Sproule firing a powerful drive past Ben Mitchell to seal the victory which would send the Worthians back to the top of the table. Fairford’s Steve Hall was shown a straight red card late on for a challenge on Josh Jones, with Edenborough also dismissed as tempers flared during the closing stages.

Oxford City Nomads 1 Ascot United 3 (away view)
Ascot United produced another fine display to win 3-1 at Oxford City Nomads on Saturday, further easing their relegation fears. In-form striker Barry Dunbar set them on their way after just two minutes, and although Oxford cut the arrears after Ascot had gone two-nil up, George Lock bagged a late third to kill the game off. On a day when the Uhlsport Hellenic League saw three teams advance to the FA Vase Quarter Finals, it was the two-time quarter finalists in the form of Ascot United who shone at Marsh Lane as they emphatically avenged their heavy home defeat to Nomads barely a month earlier.

Dunbar has been a superb addition to the Ascot ranks, and has now bagged five goals in five matches since arriving in January, his latest contribution being a shot into the corner of the net following Samir Regragui’s early free kick. But, one man doesn’t make a team, and it is the growing commitment and confidence of the regular ranks that have hauled Neil Richards’ side away from the relegation zone, to which there is now clear daylight. One of them, Ben Hodges, has grown demonstrably in stature and he would earn himself another man of the match award and ultimately set up Lock for the third and final goal, capping a brilliant midfield display.

Before all that, one of the season’s stand-out contributors – ‘keeper Lee Allen - had kept Ascot in it with another string of saves, firstly from Sami Khawaja in only the sixth minute. Both Lock and Louis Bouwers saw efforts saved by Luke Sanders as Ascot sought a second goal, and just after Bouwers went even closer with a header, the hosts saw an effort ruled out at the other end. Bouwers then saw a goal bound header cleared as Ascot went back on the attack, but at the other end Connor Mattimore shot wide and Allen saved from Khawaja as the visitors maintained their slender lead at the break.

Into the second half, and Ascot doubled their lead inside ten minutes, and it was another free kick which led to the goal. Bouwers spread the ball wide to Regragui, and although Dunbar saw his header from Regragui’s cross saved, James Richardson was on hand to bag his first goal for the club.

Oxford rallied and cut the deficit courtesy of Jack Tutton’s deflected effort on 65 minutes, and although both teams traded chances, it was a fine passing move that led to Ascot’s third in the 83rd minute. Callum Carlisle, Hodges and Trevor Mutero were all involved, but it was Lock who finished it off when he took one touch and rifled home at the far post; Hodges teeing him up. Substitutes Louis Gilpin and Ross Seldon combined for the latter to almost add a late fourth – his shot saved – but it was already a job well done for the Yellamen who won three games on the trot for the first time this season.

Division One East

Penn & Tylers Green 2 Wallingford Town 3
Fifth placed Wallingford Town took all three points away from Penn on Saturday as Penn’s miserable run continued with their third loss in a row. Penn started the brighter and took control and in the 10th minute a trademark foray down the left wing from Josh Fox resulted in a 30-yard pinpoint cross field pass deep into the right-hand side of the Wallingford penalty area which found the on-rushing Danny Latchford who headed the ball back across the six-yard box where Jamie West tucked a neat header past the outstretched hand of the Wallingford keeper and into the bottom corner from six yards.

An excellent start which should have given the Penn the momentum to take control of the match but the opposite scenario transpired as it was Wallingford who began to play the better football and use the width of the Penn pitch to their advantage with some quick neat moves which for the next 15 minutes caused the Penn defence some problems and alarms.

After 20 minutes the inevitable occurred when Wallingford’s dominance led to their equaliser. A quick break down the left-hand side followed by a precise quick low cross was met by the
incoming Zak Field who had the freedom of the Penn penalty area and the time to pick his spot with a good low shot past Matt Cannings in the Penn goal.

For the next 20 minutes the match was end to end without much goalmouth action but there 
was one memorable Penn insertion into the Wallingford half when Josh Fox steamed into the penalty area and reached the bye-line and played the perfect ball back into the box but, as has happened all too often lately, there was no Penn forward checking their run enough to give themselves the space for a simple tap-in.

Penn were made to pay for this miss when in the 44th minute from a simple Wallingford corner slack marking and indecision in the Penn defence allowed James Spryutt to simply blast home from 7 yards to give Wallingford a 2-1 half time lead.

The second half was a pretty drab affair with Wallingford comfortably defending their lead
and when Penn did press to gain an advantage their final ball and movement off the ball was sadly not good enough, and this proved to be the common theme of the second half. However, on 70 minutes Penn were given a lifeline when from a Casey Bocarro corner James West was left unmarked 8 yards out and he placed a good firm header past the stranded Wallingford goalkeeper to equalise for Penn. This should have been the incentive for Penn to pull themselves together and now go on to win the game? Sadly, it was not to be, as in the 72nd minute Penn once again gave away a needless free kick to the right-hand side of their penalty area. The free kick was just a simple cross into the box which was met by the unmarked Tim Baptie who easily planted a simple header into the far corner of the Penn net with the static Penn defence wondering what had just occurred.  The match was easily seen out for the last 18 minutes for a well-deserved Wallingford win and leaving Penn to ponder a very lacklustre performance with regard to the standards they have set for themselves over the last two seasons.

Sandhurst Town 5 Thame Rangers 1 (report by Arthur Strand)
Sandhurst Town met Thame Rangers at Bottom Meadow on Saturday last and a brisk start saw 2 consecutive saves by the keeper and Tom Cooper stopping an advance afterwards. Thame gained a free kick from esily 30 yards out and it was blocked in the area by a Sandhurst defender then hit back first time at goal then a 3rd attempt went behind for a corner kick. Sandhurst repelled another approach eventually working forwards and got 2 bites, the second rolling across the face of goal. Charlie Oakley was making his presence felt but Fizzers were forced back in defence again with some forcefull running by the visitors, sprinting from the halfway line towards the Sandhurst penalty area. Then the break through that Rangers were hoping for opened up. Thame Rangers were through into the area but was brought down in the 17th minute. Hatton did not miss the penalty and Thame were a goal ahead and continued as they meant it with a free kick that was headed back up field by a Fizzer. Thame came forward again as Miles Baxter had miles of ground towards a goal with only Field to beat. Luke Burrows made a great effort sprinting after him, preventing any further progress. Tom Field made a great leg save from the striker who was running in and shooting on target. Then Thame were gathering momentum like a runaway train, Carl Clay reached the area and was shaping up fora shot at goal when Tom Cooper made a timely interception. Rangers had a corner kick which bore no fruit and Sam Green cleared the ball way upfield. Combining, Luke Burrows and Tom Cooper made ground quickly but Sandhurst gained nothing from the move. Bobby Mitchell made a move into a wing position and sent the ball across. Dan Bowker made a very good save in goal for Thame and the next phase saw Thame approaching Sandhurst's goal again but the shot went wide. The visitors were trying to score another goal but Fizzers defenders dealt with that idea. The next phase saw a breakaway winger onside heading for the Sandhurst area but Sam Green cut off the winger and Sandhurst finished the half more strongly with Joe Sowden, Charlie Oakley, Sam Green and Bobby Mitchell all making a strong surge before the whistle.

Sandhurst strode forward, meaning business, after the restart and Thame were pushed back as Conor Harlow missed. After a few minutes, a corner kick sent the ball all round the Thame area without finding its way over the goal line. Out came the ball straight to Adam Barnard whose shot back at goal from the edge of the penalty area missed. 56 minutes gone and Charlie Oakley was in the area. One shot from him and Sandhurst had equalised. On 59 minutes, a cracking header by Conor Harlowe put the Fizzers in front. Harry Oakley took a potshot which Bowker saved and the hosts made it 3 - 1 on 72 minutes when Chalie Oakley added another. Thame countered but the ball went wide of Field's post from the header. Around 75 minutes some good passing started by Adam Barnard reached Conor Harlowe and up when the tally to 4 - 1. Not quite game over with the last 15 minutes to complete during which Finlay Murray suffered a blast from the ball in the midriff, requiring a couple of minutes to get his breath back. Sandhurst replaced Bobby Mitchell with Josh Mynard and, although Thame had a free kick, it was saved by Tom Field. The 5th goal came in the 89th minute as Charlie Oakley scored with a minute left plus additional time. Sandhurst take 3 points but Thame had a journey back to Oxfordshire almost empty handed.

Wokingham & Emmbrook 2 Chalfont Wasps 2 (away view)
chalfont wasps score at wokinghamWasps grabbed another well-deserved point on the road on a dank early February afternoon. The Stingers started brightly with Garluwa Sandy and Mason Wright providing some pace on the wings, and Josh Urquhart as the target man up top. Once things settled down both sides probed for a while, trying to keep possession and move the ball around to create space that would open up opportunities. Wright got through but the flag went up and then a Jack Pearce strike from distance whistled wide. The flow then became punctuated as fussy decisions broke up the play. W&E got their noses in front after 27 minutes, Jake White prospering from a defensive slip. Wasps continued to press. A Ryan Forbes strike nearly levelled matters, but the home keeper regained his footing to gather well; then a Wright cross just evaded the onrushing Urquhart. An Urquhart hit the bar just before the interval.

Wasps started well and pushed the home side onto the defensive. Sam Parry’s slot put Sandy through but he failed to find the decisive touch as the keeper came out well to narrow the angle. Then Wasps levelled matters after 55 minutes. A Brad Holt long ball was gathered by Wright who evaded the tackle, rounded the keeper and slotted home on the angle. Wasps then allowed W&E some time on the ball, which they maximised and went ahead again, 2-1, 57 minutes. Luke Graham came on. Parry put Wright in again, a heavy touch allowing the keeper to claim the through ball. Graham then found a defence splitting pass, Urquhart collected and calmly passed in at the keeper near post; 2-2 74 minutes gone. David Wren came on. The game opened up and became more end to end as both sides sought the winner. Nick Little came on with 5 of normal time to go. Wright was denied by a good stop in over time.



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