The FA Vase First Qualifying Round
Venue: Burroughs Park
2017-18 Season – Match 18
Saturday 9th September 2017 3pm KO
Great Wakering: Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks
Sporting Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On FA Vase First Qualifying Round day, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed fellow Essex Senior League side Sporting Bengal Utd to Burroughs Park.
Wakering looked to set the tone early and did so when they took the lead only seven minutes in through hot-shot Neil Richmond, who slotted home coolly when the ball fell to him kindly in a congested penalty area. The hosts looked to ‘keep their foot on the gas’ and ten minutes after the goal, winger Billy Johnson drilled a strike wide of the right-side post.
Bengal responded though as winger Codey Cameron fizzed a free-kick wide of the left-side post on 20 minutes. Bengal had a decent penalty shout turned down moments later as forward Shiblu Miah went down under home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins’ challenge, though the referee was adamant in his decision. Wakering’s Johnson then forced visiting goalkeeper Danzel Kobia into action as the winger’s drilled strike was heading in though Kobia managed to tip it over the bar well for a corner. Wakering had further chances before the half-hour mark though they did extend their lead eight minutes from the break as Wakering forward Chris Bryan fired past Kobia after getting past the Bengal defence.
Just before half-time, Bengal were awarded a penalty, which captain Freddy Tandon duly converted, sending the ball into the right corner.
Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd
The second half began well as Bengal winger Cameron powered another free-kick wide. The visitors didn’t have that many chances though the hosts certainly began ‘on the front-foot’ as Richmond popped up again in the box, powering a header into the left corner two minutes after the break. To their credit, the visitors did not ‘drop their heads’ and midfielder Adil Salih tried to lob Hawkins with a floating free-kick from 25 yards though the Wakering goalkeeper managed to save comfortably.
Wakering responded as forward Jay Nash had two chances to extend the hosts’ lead, the second of them being a header which hit the bar and following up, Richmond headed wide. Two minutes after coming on, Wakering forward Stephen Butterworth made it 4-1 with a tap-in after a pinpoint right-wing cross by Richmond. Bengal ‘keeper Kobia was called in action with 16 minutes left, denying midfielder Aaron Russell’s effort.
In the last ten minutes, Jay Nash’s header made it five and the impressive Richmond did get his hat-trick with a tap-in following Butterworth’s unselfish pass. Iain O’Connell’s side were too good today and will be delighted to reach the next round. Richmond was the stand-out performer though Johnson, Nash & Bryan all played their part too. Bengal couldn’t quite make their chances count though in fairness they were missing a few regulars today.
Fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015) was also at the game today and here are his thoughts in-brief: Wakering showed why they should be taken seriously in the ESL with this good performance here. Neil Richmond is continuing his great form and I’m sure his hat-trick today won’t be the last he manages to get this season for the Rovers. They now go to Takeley in midweek with a point to prove against the ESL’s second-placed side in the Essex Senior Cup. As for Bengal, they go again in midweek but they should be happy with their performance as they showed they can do it.
Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd
Richmond 7’,47’,86’ Tandon (pen 45’)
Butterworth 67’, Nash 81’
I’d like to wish both sides the best for the remainder of this interesting season. Also, my thanks to Andy for his comments on today’s encounter.
|Great Wakering Rovers
Manager: Iain O’Connell
Sporting Bengal Utd
Manager: Imrul Gazi
|1 Rees Hawkins (GK)||1 Denzel Kobia (GK)|
|2 Jason Ring (Subbed 77’)||2 Shafiul Choudhury (Subbed 58’)|
|3 Oliver Woodhouse||3 Tanjeem Choudhury (Subbed 46’)|
|4 Scott Pethers||4 Antony Murray-Bruce|
|5 Joe Nightingill (C)||5 Freddy Tandon (C)|
|6 Aaron Russell||6 Adil Salih|
|7 Billy Johnson||7 Codey Cameron (Subbed 75’)|
|8 Ricky Evans (Subbed 75’)||8 David Tarawali|
|9 Neil Richmond||9 Shiblu Miah|
|10 Chris Bryan (Subbed 65’)||10 Ashaan Siddik|
|11 Jay Nash||11 Sulaimana Udi Ba|
|12 Franklin Craik||12 Ismael Chand (On 46’)|
|14 Samuel Carter (On 75’)||13 Ataaib Khan|
|15 Charlie Seadon (On 77’)||14 David Vaughan (On 75’)|
|16 Stephen Butterworth (On 65’)||15 Mayckol Sabino (On 58’)|
|17 Louis Robinson||16 Shafi Noor|
Grant Mathias & Newton Gordon
Booked: Russell, Evans, Nightingill, Carter
Booked: Cameron, Sabino