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Hellenic League Match Report

30 August

Buildbase FA Vase First Round Qualifying

Binfield 1 Virginia Water 0 (AET) - away view

Virginia Water fell at the first hurdle in a very tough and exhausting match against our close friends and rivals in front of a bumper Friday night crowd. On balance, the majority felt a replay would have been the deserved outcome, but sadly not to be.

The home side started the sharper, even if clear cut chances were not plentiful. VW got into their passing game on should have gone ahead on 24 minutes when a flowing move saw Adam McNamara cross for Scott Jackson, who saw his effort from close range, go over the bar.

At the other end, Matt Jones was forced into a good save from low down, other than that and numerous set pieces for both sides, our defence held firm and looked comfortable.

In the second half, I felt VW were slightly the better, with the excellent Joel Drew, Josh Hennah and Joe McBride all going close during a strong period midway through the half.

With fatigue creeping in, Binfield had their chances, and from a free kick late on, Matt produced a terrific save to keep the home side out.

Into Extra Time we went, and with VW on the attack, we were a little hesitant to latch on to a great cross by Louis Sanders, and form Binfield’s counter attack, we were left a little exposed, and Josh Helmore (fantastic on the night), slotted home after only two minutes of the first period. Binfield, correctly, slowed the game down, as VW went down to 10 men through injury, and try gallantly as we did, couldn’t find a deserved equaliser – in our view.

A great game and no doubt a boost to our fitness, a top effort from the lads. We wish Binfield every success in the competition

Shrivenham 3 Milton United 2 

Shrivenham 3 Milton United 2 

A lacklustre first half performance saw Shrivenham on the edge of an early exit from this seasons FA Vase competition but a much improved second period saw a come-back of epic proportions!  Shrivenham avoided a potential banana skin – just – as they hosted uhlsport Hellenic League 1 East opposition at Barrington Park. 

The visitors started far more energetically then their hosts and had the run of play and with 15-minutes gone, some terrible defending saw Kieran Strange bundle the ball home from a long free kick which was sent in to a crowded box.  Five minutes later, Jordan Morris saw his powerful effort fly wide of the visitor’s goal before Antonio Gerrish also sent a header the wrong side of the upright with 25-minutes gone. The misses were to prove costly when some more poor defending allowed Paul Alder to head home number two for the visitors direct from a corner on 32-minutes – leaving Shrivvy with a massive uphill battle. 

The home side managed to make the interval without conceding further and whatever was said during the team-talk certainly did the trick, with Shrivenham going on the offensive after the break. A perfect cross from Luke Cordery on 65-minutes found top goal scorer Jack Allan in the box and although Craig Griffiths managed to dive to his left and get a hand to the ball, his efforts could only push the ball away as far as Antonio Gerrish who was following up and unmarked, he delivered a killer header in to the back of the net. 

Five minutes later, captain Sam Ockwell had a decent free-kick pushed away to retain the score at 1-2 and after Jamie Prictor replaced Tom Ballard on 75-minutes the home side continue the pressure, but didn’t appear to be getting close to levelling the scores despite all their efforts. Scott Chilcott replaced Gerrish with ten minutes remaining and just as time was running out, Dave Bampton won a tackle in the edge of the center circle, before taking one touch to put the ball on his favoured right foot and from 30-yards out, struck a sweet effort which sailed cleanly through the night sky just above head height and dipped beautifully over the keeper and in to the back of the net to level the game in the 89-minute. 

The game continued in to injury time and with seconds remaining it looked as if extra time would be needed until Cordery sent another perfect long ball in to the area and met with the head of Allan, and he directed an unorthodox header to space in the middle of the penalty area and Morris read the situation perfectly and running on to the ball, with the goal to his right, dispatched a brilliant left footed shot through the defence that scorched in to the back of the net to win the tie and seal a brilliant second half effort from the whole team. 

Shrivenham: Dan Lawrence, Luke Cordery, Glenn Horsell, Sam Ockwell ©, Liam Edmondson, Dave Bampton, Joe Shepherd, Tom Ballard (Jamie Prictor), Jack Allan, Antonio Gerrish, Jordan Morris 1. Sub: Scott Chilcott, Aaron Dodson, Ollie Rejek. 

Milton United: Craig Griffiths, Matt Hardwick, Ollie Creed, Paul Alder 1, Kieran Strange 1, James Organ, Tayler Janes, Louis Bloomfield, Jack Powell, Harry Thomas, Jack MacLaughlin. Sub (TBC): Cam Patterson, Dave Murphy, Jack Bernasconi, Henry Bone, Jamie Prescott.

Attendance: 90 

0-1 - Kieran Strange (15 min) 
0-2 – Paul Alder (32 min) 
1-2 – Antonio Gerrish (65 min) 
2-2 – Dave Bampton (89 min) 
3-2 – Jordan Morris (90+5)