Wisden Junior Challenge Cup
South Coast Athletico – 5
Bexhill A.A.C II – 0
After nearly a month without kicking a ball the Chopbacks were finally back in action on Saturday in the Wisden Sports Junior Challenge Cup against Bexhill A.A.C II.
Both teams were up for this fixture given the previous games where the Chopbacks had so far failed to secure a victory against this opposition.
The game started at a frantic pace with both teams looking to take control of the game. In the 12th minute Byron Nichol went up for a 50/50 header which resulted in a very hard clash of heads.
Nichol sustained a cut to the back of his head and had to be substituted but unfortunately for the opposition’s player his injury was far worse with a suspected multiple fracture to his eye socket. Mick Smith, the club’s medic patched up both players before getting them ready for a trip to A&E.
After the stoppage the game resumed and both teams picked up where they left off. Just 22 minutes in and the Chopbacks were playing some wonderful one-two, passing around the opposition’s box which led to Syd Moffat-Bailey being brought down just outside the box.
Brad Owens stepped up to take the free kick and fired home the opening goal of the match, the keeper simply didn’t see the ball until it was too late.
On 32 minutes Jack Bloomfield was brought down in the box resulting in not only a penalty being awarded but also a red card for the opposition defender.
Lee Finnigan is usually the Chopbacks’ penalty taker but unselfishly allowed Moffat-Bailey to step up in order to open his account for the club. He stepped up and slammed home the penalty into the keepers bottom right but the referee ordered a retake due to an infringement in the box.
The result was exactly the same with Moffat-Bailey choosing to go to the same place again and keeper didn’t even move.
On the 42 minute mark Bloomfield found space on the right wing and pinged in a delightful cross which J.J. Beaumont looked certain to volley home but he couldn’t quite get his footing right and missed the shot.
Just before half time Moffat-Bailey tried his luck from 25 yards but the shot was just off target bringing the half to a close.
The second half started with the Chopbacks eager to finish the game off early and in the 51st minutes Connor Smith came oh so close with a 25 yard rocket shot that rattled the bar and would have been goal of the season had it gone in.
Just 14 minutes later Beaumont played an over the top through ball for super-sub Ryan Fuller to poke over an on-rushing keeper to increase the lead to 3-0.
In the 84th minute Fuller turned provider cutting in from the right and crossing for Dan Aldous to tap home at the back post.
The icing was put on the cake in 87th minute when Charley Adams laid off for Moffat-Bailey to strike from 20 yards into the top corner giving the keeper no chance.
The full time whistle was blown and the Chopbacks secured their place in the quarter finals with a 5-0 win. Man of the Match was Connor Smith.
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