FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Venue: Cricklefield Stadium
Date: Sunday 7th August
Barkingside: Sky Blue & dark blue shirts, Dark Blue shorts & Sky Blue socks
Hadleigh Utd: Red & navy blue shirts, Red shorts & Red socks
Scott W reporting (follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a glorious sun-baked afternoon at Cricklefield stadium, Barkingside took on Suffolk side Hadleigh Utd in an FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie.
After the customary handshakes were observed, the match got underway with both sides having chances early on. Hadleigh striker Ben Golding was making his physical presence felt, leading the line for the visitors. The Brettsiders’ took the game to ‘Side as the first half wore on, with decent build-up play contributing to ‘Side looking shaky in defence.
As the half-hour mark came, ‘Side started to come back at the visitors having a couple of free-kicks and a more possession before a Jason Fontaine header needed to be turned wide by visiting ‘keeper Sam Mansfield.
From a resulting corner, ‘Side defender Maxwell Amoako connected with a powerful header past Mansfield to give the ESL side the lead. ‘Side kept the pressure on the Brettsiders’ defence for the remainder of the first period but couldn’t hit the target.
Half-Time: Barkingside 1 – 0 Hadleigh Utd
Barkingside had the first attack after the break, full-back John Spencer making a good run down the right before slotting the ball to winger Michael Ademiluyi, getting to the by-line before being tackled by the Hadleigh backline.
Hadleigh were still looking dangerous on the counter-attack with decent passing and pace in their armoury. ‘Side at times struggled to clear their lines though they could’ve gone 2-0 in front though winger Ademiluyi was flagged off-side when one-on-one with visiting ‘keeper Mansfield, subsequently booked for putting the ball in the net, which didn’t go down well with the home fans! It was a harsh decision from the referee, in my view.
Brettsiders’ substitute Dan Knight made an impact soon after coming on, floating a good cross in though Golding couldn’t find the finish for the visitors.
‘Side soon after had two good chances to score, Luke With had a good effort well-saved by Mansfield after good work down the left flank by Fontaine, then saw another header hit the woodwork from the resulting corner.
It looked like ‘Side were edging closer to extending their lead, though they paid for those missed chances as Hadleigh counter-attacked, Knight’s cross blocked by ‘Side defender Spencer. From a resulting corner, Home ‘keeper Francis under severe pressure from Hadleigh attackers, couldn’t reach the ball and defender Damon Artiss nodded the ball in from close range.
That goal sparked a change in the game as the Brettsiders re-took the initiative and went for the win. They had chances to win it, Kyle Cassell again proving a threat with his direct running and passing.
Though ‘Side’s defending was ‘backs-to-the-wall’ stuff at times, in the last few minutes of the regulation time they were still launching players forward. Their attitude was rewarded soon after as in injury-time ‘Side were awarded a free-kick. Sam Edwards scored with an absolute peach of a free-kick right into the top right corner of the net. ‘Keeper Mansfield made a good effort but couldn’t get to it.
After 5 minutes of injury-time, the referee blew the final whistle and Barkingside were through to the next round where they’ll play Ryman North’s Haringey Borough at Coles Park on Saturday August 20th at 3pm.
A morale-boosting win for ‘Side today though Hadleigh Utd can understandably feel aggrieved, even though the winning goal was one fit to win any match.
Full-Time: Barkingside 2 – 1 Hadleigh Utd
Goal-scorers: Amoako 37’ Artiss 71’
Edwards 90 +2
|1 Jack Francis (GK)||1 Sam Mansfield (GK)|
|2 John Spencer||2 Ben Elliott|
|3 George Winn||3 James Ross|
|4 Paul Wright (c.)||4 Michael Barwick|
|5 Maxwell Amoako||5 Garry Burdett (c.)|
|6 George Lutaaya||6 Damon Artiss|
|7 Michael Ademiluyi (Booked)||7 Kyle Cassell|
|8 Sam Edwards||8 Tom Driscoll|
|9 Luke With||9 Ben Golding|
|10 Billy Hickford||10 Brett Crisp|
|11 Jason Fontaine||11 Luke Simpson (Off for Knight 55’)|
|12 Dean Ellul||12 Sam Sharp|
|14 Sam Dowridge||14 James Gaffer|
|15 Sam Konway||15 Dan Knight (On for Simpson 55’)|
|17 Danny Blake||16 Lee Hammond|
|(GK) Joseph Insoie||17 Jack Lambert|
|(GK) Sam Hunt|
|Assistant Referees:||Paul She