THE EMIRATES FA CUP
The Extra Preliminary round of the Cup saw us make a mid week journey around the M25 to take on Lordswood FC. “The Lords” based in Chatham, Kent compete in Southern Counties East League Premier Division this season.
Although we won the game 3-2 thanks to a brace from Brandon Barzey and one from Meshach Williams we should really have been home and dry by half time. The boys put together a good perfomance but repeatedly failed to convert any of the numerous chances we created
The Preliminary Round saw us once again on the road, this time we travelled into Sussex to take on Steyning Town from the Premier division of the Southern Combination League,
A nice ground, with very nice people associated with the club, unfortunately they also had the dreaded 3G pitch which we always seem to take a while to adjust too.
Once again this proved to be the case and, in the 20 minutes it took us to come to grips, we had conceded 2 goals and, although we through the kitchen sink at them, failure to take our chances once again cost us. Steyning won the tie 2-1
THE BUILDBASE FA VASE
The 1st Qualifying round and another road trip. This time we only had to make the relatively short journey to Rayners Lane. “The Lane” play in Division One of the Spartan South Midland and have a shiney new gound, including a 4G pitch.
Unlike the FA Cup we got off to a flyer, scoring in the 1st minute, and we never really looked back. Goals from Elliott Simpson, Michael Kamara, Bruno Tingle and Sam Merson saw us progress by 4 goals to 2,
The 2nd Qualifying round a home tie against fellow ComCo side Deportivo Galicia. We got off to a decent start through a good finish from Brandon Barzey who fired home from the edge of the box. Both sides than went on to hit the woodwork but there were no further goals in the opening 45 minutes.
We started the 2nd half very brightly and 2 goals from Sam Merson within the opening 5 minutes of the restart effectively sealed the tie for us. Sammy Gagan scored a 4th for us, finishing off a good team move at the back post, which he collided with in scoring.
1st round – Away tie to Welling Town. “The Boots” are currently members of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division and play at Bayliss Avenue in Thamesmead. The tie is scheduled for Saturday 31st October.