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kevchenko

Up for the Cup!!

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So we begin our quest for Wembley this Saturday at home to Wembley !  will there be a camera there I wonder as the BBC always used to do a "Wembley to Wembley" slot following the non league team until they were knocked out and that team that beat them and so on :D

 

On a side note it is great to see so many players retained from last season and the new boy "Cottee" looks very promising as well :excited:

Edited by kevchenko

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The new boy James, apparently related to Tony Cottee, does indeed look promising.

 

As for the Cup tie, a deserved win against at least 13 as the ref and lino on the terrace side were appalling and Sunday league standard, but not as bad as Wembley, who'd had two sent off and eight booked earlier this week and deserved at least half that tally today but were let off. They should have been down to ten men in the first minute for a last man trip 30 yards out, but the ref set his stall out by refusing to give anything. He also failed to send off a visiting player for a 70's style tackle from behind, and the officials also managed to miss at least two punches in the back thrown by the same Wembley player.

 

As a result we failed or were not allowed to get into a definitive rhythm but were buoyed by Weighty giving us the lead with an 11th minute header. A one goal didn't feel safe enough, though, so James's 53rd minute strike was very welcome and, when Wembley gained some impetus with a triple substitition, James's second in the 86th was the icing on the cake.

 

Only one team actually tried to play proper football today and got the reward. Well done, lads.

Edited by Swifty

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The boys showed character today against a team who played to their strengths and tried to bully there way to victory.

2 good goals by James and a tap in by Scott put us in the hat for the next round.

Hats off to their keeper who was in good form with the banter and kept them in it really TBH.

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A potential " banana skin" match against a team from a lower division. Wembley were a strange combination of over physical challenges but played some very attractive football, although with no final product.

 

We were below par in the first half but much better after the break, two good finishes from James and , in the end, a comfortable win.

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A 2-0 victory over Corinthian Casuals puts Ashford in the draw on Monday.

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Ashford were well worth the win with an excellent first half performance with a stunning strike from Mark Bitmead followed by a fluent move ending with Dan Fleming adding the second.

 

It was a bit " backs to the wall" second half but with Russell and Samad marshalling the defence well we kept a rare clean sheet.

 

There was also time for Bitz to miss a penalty and a Casuals player to " lose it" and earn himself a red card.

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Away to Marlow in the next roundpost-11405-0-03280300-1504528948_thumb.png

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