Match Report: White Ensign 4 – 1 Buckingham Athletic (Sun 13 Oct) [FAV 19/20 1RP 13.10.19]

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The FA Vase 2019 – 20: First Round Proper

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 90

2019 – 20 Season: Match 29

Sunday 13th October 2019 – 3pm KO

W Ensign: Navy Blue & Red Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Buckingham: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks

 

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Ensign make Round Two of the Vase as clinical finishing sees them defeat Athletic

White Ensign  4 – 1  Buckingham Athletic

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The weekend’s second match saw me return to Burroughs Park to see White Ensign face Spartan South Midlands Division One side Buckingham Athletic in the FA Vase First Round Proper as Brett Munyard’s team looked to advance this record-breaking Vase run. Ensign were missing defenders Elliot Vile and David Limber plus forward Connor Barnby tough did field James Parkins between the sticks with skipper Jake McWee reverting to centre-back alongside Andy George, with a front three of player-boss Munyard, Luke Skinner and Dominic Locke. Recent signing Jason Reynolds-Blanche joined full-backs Thando Moyo and Jack Maleary as options from the bench. Athletic fielded Joshua Mcadoo in goal, with full-backs Daniel Hassell and Stuart Ironmonger and a front two of Matt Cruse and Jeremiah Adams.

Both sides had half-chances in the early minutes of this encounter with Ensign winger Dominic Locke’s drive from 18 yards having the accuracy but lacking the power to defeat visiting goalkeeper Joshua Mcadoo, who gathered comfortably. At the other end, a fizzing drive by Athletic midfielder Jacob Williamson wasn’t far off the top corner before sailing over. The visitors nearly led on ten minutes as Jeremiah Adams got in on goal ahead of home custodian James Parkins though he could only lob over with the glovesman retreating.

The hosts were seeking to find their offensive rhythm as we past the quarter-hour mark, with creative midfielder John Hilliard looking for that telling pass into the forwards. The visitors were adopting a high defensive line to catch the Ensign attack off-side though with 25 minutes played, Locke played in Munyard who couldn’t get a telling strike away as the angle rapidly became more acute at the near post. Ensign did break the deadlock two minutes later though as forward Luke Skinner received the ball around eight yards out, took a touch past his marker and lashed the ball home past Mcadoo.

Things got better for the Eastern Senior League South side as five minutes later, a free-kick from deep by Hilliard found Munyard who ran on and his centre found centre-back Andy George who stroked home well to double his side’s advantage. As half-time approached, Athletic had a sighter at goal as Williamson’s free-kick had to be cleared at the 2nd attempt.

 

Half-Time: White Ensign 2 – 0  Buckingham Athletic

There was certainly enough action in this match to keep you wondering who would emerge victorious, as Athletic played some neat football at times, though they just couldn’t quite pin down that oh-so-important final ball or their finishing. However, it was the hosts who another big stride to progression two minutes into the second period as good persistence by Luke Skinner ended with him playing in Munyard who slotted in past Mcadoo with only the ‘keeper to beat.

That said, any notion that Buckingham were out of the contest were quickly snuffed out as on 49 minutes, Jeremiah Adams tucked in a rebound after Parkins had made a one-handed save to deny the initial effort from close range. Game on, again. Ensign once again pushed forward, with Skinner having two further chances going just off-target. Athletic could count themselves unfortunate as well as ten minutes into the half, Adams hit another good effort which clipped the corner-angle of the woodwork from a narrow angle. Visiting winger Chris Parr then shot just wide moments later to emphasize that Neil Griffiths’ side were creating chances.

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Ensign restored their three-goal lead just short of the hour as a superb run by Locke, chasing a ‘lost cause’ down the left wing saw him cross in though it evaded Skinner though did find a unfortunate defender at the far post who convincingly headed home into the opposite corner. Credit has to go to Buckingham as they did not stop striving, though were thwarted by a combination of close misses and brave tackles by the home defence, notably by centre-back Andy George. Munyard was also denied a second with 15 minutes left as his effort was cleared off the line as Ensign stood firm to prevent a nervy end to this tussle.

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Full-Time : White Ensign  4 – 1  Buckingham Athletic  

The scoreline may give you the impression that this was a serene, comfortable win for Ensign though there are matches (there’s been a few in the 2019-20 season alone) where results have been a bit misleading and this is one of them. Athletic were more than decent at times and made the hosts work hard though in the end, the sheer pace, incisive attacking moves and finishing were the difference-makers here as Ensign moved to Round Two, where they will welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Wroxham.

In terms of stand-out performances, for Ensign there was the dynamic pace and passing of winger Dominic Locke, the sheer persistence and craft of forward Luke Skinner plus the energetic full-back Charlie Buffin and tigerish midfielder Ben Austin. Buckingham had some good performances too with winger Chris Parr, goalscorer Jeremiah Adams among them.

Finally, you have to take stock of the difference that there is at Ensign this season, led by the on-pitch management team of Brett Munyard & Matt Healy and the committee off-the-pitch. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that they are ‘being noticed’ in the area and you have to say good on them for that.

 

Teams

White Ensign    | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard | Assistant: Mark Healy

1. James Parkins (GK), 12. Charlie Buffin (2. Jack Maleary 82’), 8. Jake McWee (Capt), 5. Andy George, 3. James Ainslie, 4. Harry Skinner, 16. Ben Austin, 18. John Hilliard (9. Jason Reynolds-Blanche 65’), 11. Dominic Locke (14. Thando Moyo 78’), 10. Luke Skinner, 20. Brett Munyard

Goal-scorers: Luke Skinner [27’], Andy George [32’], Brett Munyard [47’], OG [59’]

Booked: H Skinner | Sub Not Used: B Gates

 

Buckingham Athletic |  Manager: Neil Griffiths

Joshua Mcadoo (GK), Daniel Hassell (Nick Bines 65’), Stuart Ironmonger, Jack Menday, Daniel Staley (Capt), Robert Tapp, Kevin Owusu (Jack Carter 65’), Jacob Williamson, Matt Cruse, Jeremiah Adams (Robbie Carter 65’), Chris Parr

Goal-scorers: Jeremiah Adams [49’]

Booked: D Hassell | Subs Not Used: K Adjei, S Balls

Referee: Liam Giles

Author: survivor16b

I'm a Mental Health survivor (been surviving for years) & campaigner. I also like Music & Sport. This blog is centred on all things Non-League Football, mainly Match Reports of matches I've seen (mainly Essex Senior League (ESL) but also other Leagues) though it also houses the regular round-up's of the ESL action plus the Essex Olympian League divisions regularly. It also has the odd post about the scary world that we're all in, talking from a Mental Health perspective. Thank you for reading.

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