Posts Tagged ‘FA Cup’
 
Bognor Regis Town 3-0 Sittingbourne

Bognor Regis Town had gone beyond the 1st Qualifying round stage of the Emirates FA Cup in each of the last 4 seasons but over the same time the Brickies had never progressed beyond that stage  so the odds were stacked heavily against them doing it this time, and so the 3-0 defeat was perhaps a foregone conclusion. In truth Sittingbourne were never in it once the Rocks first goal went in.

Sittingbourne made 7 changes from the line-up that drew at Sevenoaks in midweek. Included in that number was leading scorer Roman Campbell who was not allowed to play in this fixture at the request of Gillingham.

However the Rocks were able to field two strikers on loan from Portsmouth, both of whom had featured for the EFL League one side  in the Carabao cup. These two (Dan Smith and Brad Lethbridge,) plus Jimmy Muitt proved far too hot to handle for the Brickies defence.

The first goal came after 11 minutes when Ashton Leigh’s cross found Muitt completely unmarked in the Sittingbourne box and he gave Tom Benham no chance with his shot.

A minute later came Sittingbourne’s only real effort on goal (apart from twice when the ball went into the net but offside was given,) when Chris Webber fired in a powerful shot that was caught by Rocks keeper Peter Durin at the second attempt.

But a minute later the Rocks doubled their lead with perhaps a fortuitous goal that was given to Muitt who mishit his shot and the ball actually cannoned off a Sittingbourne player and into the net.

The Rocks had rocked the Brickies! And they were first to the ball too many times.

Chances continued for Bognor and on 25 minutes Dan Smith should have scored when he was through on goal but he curled his shot wide.

The third goal really put the game to bed for the Rocks, and that came on the half hour when Muitt was again involved, this time crossing the ball to the far post where Lethbridge had oodles of time to plant his shot into the net. 

The half ended with another chance to the Rocks as Dan Smith took advantage of slack marking but his soft shot was easily saved by Benham.

Benham was in action immediately after the start of the second half when he pushed away a shot from Smith after a mazy run by the Rocks striker.

Despite plenty of running Sittingbourne were just not able to trouble Durin in the Rocks goal.

Neat passing movement on the edge of the Brickies area between Muitt and Letherbridge ended in Benham saving another Letherbridge’s shot.

At last the Brickies were showing a bit more fight without really getting that final shot in but at the other end Muitt hit a Brickies post.

It could have been four when a suicidal back pass was made but Benham just managed to get back to his goal and hook the ball off the goal line. The final chance of the game went to Smith but again it was a weak shot that went wide.

A deserved victory then for Bognor Regis Town who claim the £4,500 prize money.

Bognor Regis Town: Peter Durin, James Crane, Ashton Leigh, Doug Tuck (Tommy Scutt 73 mins), Ben Clark-Eden, Keaton Wood, Harvey Whyte (C) (Dan Simmons 81 mins), Tommy Leigh, Dan Smith, Jimmy Muitt, Brad Letherbridge (Victor Hensel 73 mins).

Subs not used: Charlie Williamson, Charlie Searle.

Goals: Muitt (2) (11 & 13 mins)

Sittingbourne: Tom Benham, Lewis West (Chris Barnard 55 mins), Jason Fregene, Lewis Chambers (Tyrone Guthrie 46 mins), Cory Walters-Wright (Yellow Card), Lex Allan, Enoch Adjei (Kane Phillip 66 mins), Chris Webber (C), Shaun Brown, Tom Fagg, Festus Lori,

Subs not used: Abdel N’Daw, Johan Caney-Bryan

Referee: Ciaran Barlow

Assistants: Derek Pratt, Jack Darling.

Attendance: 339

 
Cray Wanderers vs Bedfont Sports – preview

It’s FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round weekend and Cray Wanderers face their second Sunday cup tie of the season as a bit of history is made and the first ever meeting with Bedfont Sports.  Kick off at Hayes Lane is 3pm.

Both sides had to advance from the Preliminary Round and Cray did so with the bare minimum of fuss on a sweltering afternoon on 25th August with a 5-0 win against Hythe Town.  Tom Murphy and Joe Taylor with a brace of goals each and a Bradley Pritchard ensured a smooth passage into the next round. 

Bedfont Sports had a trickier tie overcoming near neighbours Hanworth Villa in the Preliminary Round, 3-2 at home with two goals from Keanu Williams and a Didi Ndombe strike overcame the Combined Counties Premier Division side.

In between the two cup ties, Cray got back into league action last Saturday and picked up a useful point with Joe Taylor’s stoppage time equaliser gaining a 1-1 draw at Potters Bar Town. A point was on reflection the right outcome with chances few and far between but Cray showed good character to bounce back from Potters Bar taking the lead with five minutes to play. 

#Cray sit 14th in the league table with six points from five games played.  There were some good performances particularly from Geofrey Okonkwo at the back and Karl Dent and Tom Carlse were sharp after coming on as subs in the second half.

The Wands were without Mitchell Nelson at Potters Bar due to the excellent excuse of his nuptials but should hopefully return for Sunday.  Ben Mundele has re-signed with the club after the problems of his signing with Bury and adds versatility to the team as he can play in most positions on the field. 

Injuries have played a huge part in the early weeks of the season and it is hoped that Andre Coker could be in contention after three games out while Jay Leader and Tom Phipp are perhaps still a little while away from recovery but slowly but surely the team is getting back to full fitness. 


Bedfont Sports lie 13th in the Isthmian South-Central league table with four points from their four games played.  They were beaten in their first two games, 0-4 at home to Hanwell Town and then 1-2 at Chalfont St Peter but after the Hanworth Villa win in the cup they won their first league game of the season beating Chertsey 1-0 at home with a Reece Cave goal. 

Since then they drew 0-0 at home to Barking last Saturday and then on Tuesday night got their Isthmian League Cup campaign off to a winning start 2-0 at Ashford Town (Middlesex).

Bedfont Sports were only formed in 2002 as a Saturday side to supplement a Sunday team, Bedfont Sunday and combined with the Bedfont Eagles Youth team to create a side for senior football. 

They played in the Hounslow and District League before in 2004 they joined Division One of the Middlesex County League gaining promotion in their first season to the Premier Division. They remained there until 2008-09 when after winning the Middlesex Premier Cup and finishing third in the table moved up to the Combined Counties League Division One.  In 2011-12 they finished runners-up and were promoted to the Step 5 Combined Counties Premier Division.

In 2017-18 they gained promotion as runners up and for the first time took their place in the newly formed Isthmian South-Central and Paul Johnson’s side finished in a creditable 12th place in their first season at that level. 

This promises to be a tricky encounter and Cray will have to show all the professionalism they displayed against Hythe to see off a potential upset of a Bedfont win.

Sunday games are always a bit special at Hayes Lane and this should be a good watch with this being an international break weekend and not a lot of football around so could be well worth a visit.  Admission prices are £10.00 adults, £5.00 concessions/U16s.

 
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