First Team Star
Jan 14, 2018, 7:35 AM
Team(s): Torquay United/Dawlish United
Farleigh Rovers 2
Combined Counties League, Division One Challenge Cup - Second Round
Att : c30
Sheerwater Recreation Ground, Blackmore Crescent, Sheerwater, Woking
Admission : £1.00 (concession). Programme : £1.00. Coffee : £1.00
A friendly welcome by legendary clubman Trevor Wenden and an upbeat response to recent concerns about compulsory relegation due to shortfalls in ground facilities. A meeting is scheduled next week with the local council in an attempt to make some progress on the problems. I hope it goes well.
This game kicked off at 1:30pm - which indicates one of the key issues here - and I didn't even ask if extra time & penalties applied as I thought it might be tempting fate! It was quite chilly and some of the ballkids looked frozen! They were well-drilled though and did an excellent job. To begin with, it seemed as if Farleigh were determined I should have extra shivering time as they came from behind twice before Sheerwater finally found their shooting boots.
The first half was notable only for the splendid swooping of one of those ever-present Red Kites as the players struggled to find any rhythm and most attempts on goal were scuffed, misdirected or just plain feeble! However, somehow the pattern was broken and Shane Cheeseman gave the home side the lead when the keeper failed to hold onto his 14th. minute effort after he'd given the final defender the slip. Farleigh replied after 27 minutes with a close range volley from a lofted ball into the area before Shane Rideout scored the first of his three goals when he turned quickly & shot home with the keeper out of position. This was in first half stoppage time and there was soon a general movement towards the warmth of the clubroom where hot drinks were most welcome. Far too soon, it seemed, it was back to the chilly winds outside for what turned out to be a much better second period.
A 62nd. minute shot from distance brought the scores level again, but then Sheerwater responded to the need for more urgency and banged in three more in five minutes to make the tie safe. Another game was continuing on the outer pitch as I left, but I decided not to stay & watch!
Added the JDW's in Farnborough & Aldershot. Most interesting beer was in the latter : Crafty Brewing Company's Loxhill Biscuit (3.8%) which had plenty of flavour and was the first time I'd come across anything from this brewery
(This post was edited by Trevor P on Jan 14, 2018, 7:51 AM)