Bromsgrove Sporting FC v Coventry United FC
F.A. Vase Cup round 3
Date: Saturday 2nd December 2017
Venue: The Victoria Ground
Hello one and all. After a disappointing couple of results for United, today we make the trip to Bromsgrove Sporting to contest the FA Vase Cup third round. This by all accounts is possibly the most important game of the season so far for the club. This should be a cracking fixture with plenty at stake for both teams. With a big crowd expected the atmosphere should be electric as they battle it out to progress into the 4th round and a step nearer that dream of a trip to Wembley!!!!!!
United Manager Terry Anderson will hopefully have a full squad to pick from after resting a few players in the mid-week loss to Quorn. Terry will be hoping his team can play to their potential as they look to beat a very good Bromsgrove Sporting outfit. The travelling Red and Green Army will be there in numbers today to cheer the lads on and add to what's hopefully going to be a great occasion and spectacle of MFLP football.
The referee gets the game under way and BSFC waste no time in showing United their intentions. They look to get the ball down field early and force United's keeper Richard Morris into an early save with a shot from the BSFC No11 John Pykett that goes out for a corner that's cleared in the 6th minute. Soon after from a cross from the BSFC No11 John Pykett, he picks out the No9 Jason Cowley who attempts an acrobatic overhead kick that fortunately goes high over the bar in the 12th minute.
United's first attempt on goal comes in the 19th minute when Jack Jeys shoots just over the bar from a Craig Reid cross. That bit of United pressure is short lived as BSFC press forward again using the downward slope to their advantage with a stream of quick long ball punts that sets their pacey forwards off towards the United box. United's keeper Richard Morris is called into action again when pulling off another great save to deny the BSFC No10 Sean Brain in the 22nd minute.
The sporting onslaught finally pays off in the 28th minute when they break with another long through ball. Keeper Richard Morris is called into making another good save but the loose ball is picked up by the very impressive No9 Jason Cowley and he duly stabs the ball over the line for a deserved opening goal.
BSFC 1 UNITED 0
BSFC have looked dangerous from the start so it was only a matter of time before they made a breakthrough. To be fair to United though they have dealt with the long ball barrage reasonably well so far and are holding their shape manfully.
United's keeper Richard Morris is soon called into action again when tipping a Robbie Bunn effort over the bar and out for a corner that's dealt with easily in the 36th minute.
United finally muster their second shot at goal in the 41st minute when Jack Jeys shoots wide of the target from a Craig Reid lay off. With the half coming to an end, United see a Chris Cox header fall nicely for the keeper Reece Francis from a Craig Reid free kick in the 45th minute. Soon after the referee blows up for half time.
BSFC 1 UNITED 0
The second half gets under way with neither side making any half time changes. BSFC pretty much start the half in the fashion as the first. They carve a couple of early half chances in the 46th & 51st minutes that both go high and wide of the target for No11 John Pykett and No8 Robbie Bunn.
Then soon after against the run of play United thread a long ball through the middle and Jack Jeys latches onto it before steering the ball past the out rushing keeper and the ball finds its way into the empty net to bring United back on level terms in the 53rd minutes.
BSFC 1 UNITED 1
The Red and Green Army are ecstatic and are certainly making themselves heard amongst the bumper crowd. Now United are back in the game and the question is whether they find another goal to get themselves in front.
BSFC waste no time in getting back on the front foot with plenty of pressing football. More chances follow and keeper Richard Morris makes another great save to deny the No9 Jason Cowley in the 63rd minute. United decide to make a change when they take off Brad Jones and send on Bobby Mosely in the 64th minute.
Normal service resumed as BSFC continued to dominate proceedings creating further chances. The BSFC No10 Sean Brain shoots and brings out another good save out of the keeper Richard Morris in the 66th minute. Sean Brain soon tests the United keeper again in the 67th minute with another fine Morris save required to keep BSFC at bay.
The 72nd minute sees both teams making changes with united taking off Jack Jeys and sending on Robert Prinzel and BSFC taking off No11 John Pykett and sending on the No17 Wade Malley.
The first booking of the game goes to BSFC's No9 Jason Cowley in the 75th minute for hauling down the hard working Gift Mussa. In the same minute United's Robert Prinzel did well to get a shot in that brought a good save out of the BSFC keeper Reece Francis.
The game is now into the last 10 minutes and BSFC are still probing for the winner but United are holding out really well with some great defending. BSFC work the ball forward well in the 85th minute where the No8 Robbie Bunn sees his angled drive smack off the post. Soon after BSFC make another change when they take off the No11 John Pykett and send on the No16 Connor Deards in the 86th minute. With the game heading for extra time, BSFC's Jason Cowley fires wide from a tight angle. Soon after the referee blew up for full time and extra time it is.
BSFC 1 UNITED 1
Extra Time 1st period
Extra time gets under way and BSFC I'm sure will want to see this game won today rather than having to come to the Butts Park Arena on a Wednesday night. They are soon on the attack again in the 91st minute when a cross from the right sees the No9 Jason Cowley fire over the bar from 12yrds out.
The game has tightened up as tired legs and the thought of making a mistake giving the victory to the other side must be playing on all their minds. The only other chance in this first period falls to BSFC in the form of a corner that sees the No16 Connor Deards try a cheeky flick towards goal but thankfully the fantastic Richard Morris was on hand to mop it up in the 99th minute.
United decide to make their final change in the 100th minute when they take off the immense Tommy Glasscoe and send on Aron Wint. Soon after the referee blew up for half time.
Extra Time 2nd period
Well this is it, squeaky bum time. Who is going to make that lethal mistake? United's Robert Prinzel races out with the ball and rides a couple of tackles, as he chases the ball he seems to over stretch in his attempt to get to the ball and the referee deemed that as dangerous play and duly sent him off with a straight red card in the 107th minute. United are now going to be under even more pressure and will have to all stay focused to see this game out to earn a replay.
With the extra man BSFC throw caution to the wind and up the ante is looking for that illusive winner. The dangerous Jason Cowley spurns another chance when he blasts high and wide from a Sean Brain cross in the 109th minute. Then shortly after disaster strikes when the thorn in United's side Jason Cowley is upended inside the area and the referee point directly to the spot for a penalty to BSFC. The No4 captain Sam Wills steps up to take it and amazingly steers the ball wide of the target to the delight of the Red and Green Army in the 111th minute. Well that was their chance to seal the victory and passage into the next round, will it come back to haunt them?
BSFC decide to make their final change when they take off the No4 Sam Wills who injured himself taking the penalty and send on the No14 Jack Wilson in the 114th minute. The final chance in this epic game falls to that man Jason Cowley in the 115th minute when from a cross from the right he heads just over the bar. United manage to see the game out and have earned their replay as the referee blows up to end the match.
Full Time + Extra time
BSFC 1 UNITED 1
In summing up this game I would have to say, AN EPIC BATTLE OF ATTRITION. This game definitely lived up to its billing. This game had it all with both teams standing toe to toe and if this match was a boxing match BSFC would have won this game on points that's for sure. But thankfully football games are not won in that way and we witnessed an intriguing game of knockout cup football. BSFC to be fair completely dominated this game and created numerous chances that on another day would run them out comfortable winners. United though had a keeper in Richard Morris who was again in fine form to make a string of saves to keep BSFC at bay. BSFC applied relentless pressure on United though United stood up manfully to quell the bombardment exceptionally well.
BSFC finally got themselves in front in the 28th minute when the impressive Jason Cowley pounced on the loose ball from a Richard Morris save to stab the ball home. The second half was much of the same and when United's Jack Jeys took a rare chance to level the match in the 53rd minute, the battle of whits continued.
Extra time saw more excitement when United's Robert Prinzel was sent off and then 4 minutes later BSFC were awarded a penalty to seal the game but somehow thankfully that was missed. Further missed chances for BSFC sees United rightly in my eyes deserving another crack at it after withstanding a pounding from a well organised BSFC outfit with an outstanding defensive display.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the exceptional talent of Jason Cowley. He was a class act and was a constant thorn in United's side all afternoon. He was involved in almost all of the BSFC's attacking options and on another day might have ended up with at least a hat trick.
For United the whole team showed great character to stay strong while under severe pressure for almost all of this game. They defended like lions throwing their bodies into countless blocks and fully deserved another go at it in the replay. The whole of the defence played fantastic with Kyle Barnett and Chris Cox dealing with the constant aerial bombardment. The midfield also played their part especially Tommy Glasscoe and the robot Gift Mussa. Gift was immense and even in the closing stages he was showing no signs of tiredness as he ran and ran all day long chasing down his opponents. He today though can possibly be disappointed getting the man of the match award but equally I'm sure he would agree that Richard Morris was absolutely outstanding today. Richard has been in great form of late and needed to be today as he was the last line of defence on many occasions and pulled off a string of great saves to keep his team in this tie so very well played Richard Morris.
So that's it then until Wednesday night and we do it all again. CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!
Match Stats (United) (BSFC)
On target (3) (7)
Off target (2) (12)
Corners (4) (13)
Free kicks (18) (12)
Yellow cards (0) (1)
Red cards (1) (0)
Offside (2) (7)