Hampshire Intermediate Cup.
U S Portsmouth Res 1 v 5 BRADING TOWN.
A excellent away win for the Romans, as they sank US Portsmouth Res, who play in the “superior” Wyvern East League. The game was played on a G4 pitch ( Plastic )……
Quigley returned from topping his tan up, and Younie from shopping with a friend!!
Brading won through to the last 32 of the Hamp Intermediate Cup, with a resounding victory at US Portsmouth FC. Although sloppy at times, a superb display of finishing from Dan Vale, made sure we progressed. With Ollie Buckett picking up an injury in training, Caymen Collins came into the side, which other than a re-shuffle across the back line, remained the same as last week.
Playing on a 4G pitch, both sides took time to settle, thanks to Paul Ruck’s brilliant save, Brading were able to take the lead, Collins was hauled down in the box. Danny Vale stepped up to confidently dispatched the resulting spot kick, 0-1. Only moments later, Collins fed Vale, who unleashed a 25 yard screamer into the top corner. 0-2.
The Romans then had a 10 minute spell where they played some excellent football, but were unable to increase their lead and went in 0-2 up at half time.
Brading started the second half in poor fashion, needlessly giving the ball away and making some poor decisions. From one of these Brading conceded a free-kick which was driven into the wall, defenders were slow to react to the second ball, this saw their striker smash the ball into the top corner, giving Ruck no chance. 1-2.
This setback seemed to wake Brading up and they scored moments later. The exceptional Collins scrambled home from close range. 1-3. Moments later, he again supplied Vale who finished brilliantly with his head. 1-4.
The referee then missed a blatant elbow on Collins by their centre back. This left Collins needing treatment. A minute after the “elbow”.. he was the victim of a terrible challenge from behind, which also went unpunished !!!! For his own safety he was substituted for Justin Henderson.
Ben Armstrong made way for Josh Younie. The game was made safe when Younie’s 25 yarder was spilled by the home keeper, Vale pounced for his 4th goal of the game. The goalkeepers handling was almost as shocking as his pink shirt !!!
Si Armstrong then gave way to the returning Quigley for the last 15 mins, as the Romans saw the game out, playing some decent football along the way. Henderson’s touch and vision was a great sight to see and he was unfortunate not to score himself.
MOM?? It seems strange that a player that scores 4 goals, is not named as Man of the Match. On any other day, it would have been Vale. So it speaks volumes for his performance, that the award goes to Caymen COLLINS. His work rate was incredible, he never gave their back four a moments peace, he had a hand in 3 of Vale’s goals and grabbed one himself. Caymen is a dream to manage, he gives the manager no trouble what so ever and works so hard for the team. The ” Lawts ” challenged him to produce the same sort of performance Brading had from Ollie Buckett the previous week, he did that and more.
With the squad Brading have, it’s important that every player maintain their standards. Manager Lawton has had to make some tough decisions in the last few weeks, some of which have been accepted with how he would like them …… some not. The manager and his right hand man, Steve Rowe, can’t pick everyone. They select who they feel are the best side for any particular game, 1-14 !
Let’s hope for a home draw in the last 32 and continue our impressive start to the season. UTR!!
Team.. Ruck Woodnutt Connor Attrill Hitchcox S. Armstrong Lawson Wilson B. Armstrong Vale C. Collins.
Sub.. Henderson Quigley Younie.
( Daniel VALE 4, Caymen COLLINS 1 )
Brading Town Man of the Match: CAYMEN COLLINS.
Hampshire Junior “A” Cup.
BRADING TOWN Res P v P Andover Lions Res.
Referee: Mr. Ian Smith called the game off following an inspection. ( pitch waterlogged )