Great win against Risborough Rangers in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy
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First Team progress into next round of County Cup
Photo by courtesy of David Raleigh
This was a character performance today, let us make no mistake about that. After three disappointing performances recently, this was a massive win for the boys from French School Meadow against the league leaders of the Uhlsport Hellenic League – Division One (East), Risborough Rangers. Good to see our ex-player Alex Sethi back (although in the wrong colours from our point of view), where he won two league titles with Penn & Tylers Green FC.
In front of a good crowd on an excellent pitch with the weather being just dull and with Radio service provided by Keith Higgins, Wycombe Sound 106.6 fm, this had the marking of a typical cup tie, and so it turned out to be.
The opening 30 minutes Penn & Tylers Green FC were under pressure straight away. Kitchen sink came early on and only disciplined defending brave goal keeping and the uprights in the right position ensured that after 30 minutes it was still nil each.
The home side threatened on breakaways and nearly scored from one of them when the Risborough keeper managed to save the shot from Dayo Olufemi. Shortly after that Dean Allen crossed from the left and Dayo Olufemi was there to open the score for the boys in blue and white. It could have been two a couple of minutes later but it was not to be. Penn & Tylers Green FC somehow managed to keep the narrow lead until half time.
The second half started the same as the first and good defending and the upright saved us again but this time it lasted only 10 minutes or so. The home side got into their stride and created a number of good chances themselves and certainly took the game to the league leaders. Another breakthrough came when Dayo Olufemi got his brace with an excellent header after a free kick. Somehow, at this stage of the game, it was deserved, too. Still twenty odd minutes to go at this stage. One goal to Risborough and it could turn the game. I did not happen and when Curtis Stone scored with a superb free kick from about 20 yards into the top corner, that was game over.
This was a disciplined and focussed performance; a deserved win because we kept a clean sheet and scored. Well done.
Next game is at home at Holloways Park against Abingdon United in the league on Tuesday night, kick off 19:45.
Good to see our Development Team winning away at Hazlemere in the league. They are now top of Division Two (South).