Penn & Tylers Green FC fall at first hurldle in their first ever FA Vase match

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Andreas Latta

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Penn & Tylers Green FC fall at first hurldle in their first ever FA Vase match

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This was a milestone in Penn &Tylers Green F.C.’s illustrious history as they staged their first ever FA Buildbase Vase Cup Match at their temporary home at Amersham Town F.C on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was not a fairy tale ending as Penn lost 3-1 at Home to Sydenham’s Wessex League division one side AFC Stoneham from Eastleigh in Hampshire in the 1st qualifying round.

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Penn started well and although AFC Stoneham had two corners in the first 15 minutes it was Penn who broke away to score the first goal when a perfect pass from Fred Tripp released the dangerous Raju Pritpal who raced past the Stoneham full back and brilliantly lobbed the on- rushing Stoneham goalkeeper from the edge of the penalty area, the ball nestling inside the far post.

Penn had their tails up and on 20 minutes they should have gone 2-0 up when an inch perfect cross from Etafia Kingsley was met on the six-yard box by Fred Tripp but a bad bobble meant his side foot finish was “screwed” wide of the gaping goal with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

In the 22nd minute Stoneham took full advantage of this let off when an inch perfect cross from the right wing eluded the Penn centre half and the Stoneham No 4 Caballero raced through unchallenged to firmly strike the ball into the net past the helpless debutant goalkeeper Mustafa Mohammed.

Both teams attacked and had chances with Rashid Hamid shooting just over for Penn and Stoneham hitting the post.

On 40 minutes Stoneham took advantage of some indecisive defending which let in the ever-dangerous Stoneham forward Welch to lob the Penn goalkeeper and the ball found the back of the Penn net to make it 2-1 to Stoneham which was the half time score.

The second half was becoming a matter of “the next goal is decisive” scenario and Stoneham were having the lion’s share of the chances and they once again hit the post and also the crossbar as they strove to put the match out of Penn’s reach. Penn also had some good forward moves but their final ball was mostly ineffective against a resolute Stoneham defence and Penn were also guilty at times of overplaying when a first-time ball may have released their dangerous forwards.

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Stoneham finally scored the “killer “goal in the 84th minute when a good run down the right-hand side of the Penn defence resulted in a good low cross which eluded everyone except the clinical Welch who tapped in from six yards to put the match beyond Penn.

This was another good test for the young Penn& Tylers Green FC side who have only been together a matter of weeks and they will surely get their rewards soon if they stick together and eliminate basic errors. The future looks bright.

Team: Mustafa, Bains, Pearce, Lane, Franks, Brittain, Staples, Hamid, Welsh (C), Kingsley, Pritpal (1). Subs: Tripp (used), Khan (used), Moore (used), Clark.