Deja-vu in Berks & Bucks Cup for Penn & Tylers Green FC and Risborough Rangers FC. But with a different result!
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Penn & Tylers Green F.C travelled to Risborough Rangers F.C for the second year running to contest the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 1st round tie. Last season it was Risborough Rangers won the Quarter Final tie 4-2 on penalties. This time however, it was Penn who were the victors as they left Risborough with a 2-0 victory. Proceedings commenced with an impeccably observed minutes silence and a round of applause for Risborough Rangers long serving supporter Jack Burnett who sadly passed away last week at the age of 86. Penn started the stronger and after 5 minutes a free kick on the edge of the Risborough penalty area was put narrowly wide by Casey Bocarro. The game ebbed and flowed but Penn were the team creating chances and on 20 minutes Danny Blatchford shot narrowly over from 20 yards. Risborough however, were no “shrinking violets” and were enjoying some good possession of their own and on 25 minutes a Risborough free kick on the left side of the Penn penalty area was only just narrowly off the target and over the bar.
On 36 minutes, a good cross from Risborough was punched clear by Josh Cockerill In the Penn goal. Penn again began to take control of the midfield and were pushing forward at every opportunity and causing some concern amongst the Risborough back line with Jordan Gumbs and Josh Fox causing problems down their respective flanks. One move involving Danny Jordan and Casey Bocarro resulted In a far post header from Danny Blatchford going just wide. The breakthrough came on 45 minutes when after a sustained period of pressure and from the third consecutive corner George Weller timed his near post run to perfection and executed a perfect powerful header at the near post which flew past the stranded goalkeeper and defender on the line. However, they say you are vulnerable after scoring and so it came to pass that there was still time for Risborough to respond and within a minute they had a far post header well saved by Josh Cockerill in the Penn goal. Half time 1-0 to Penn.
The second half started very differently and Risborough had their best spell of the game as they reverted to more of a long ball game which was producing dividends and in the 53rd and 54th minutes Penn cleared off the line twice with Alex Sethi and Jordan Gumbs producing heroics from underneath the Penn crossbar. On 56 minutes, another brave last-ditch tackle from Gumbs blocked what would have been possibly an equaliser for Risborough. Penn rode the storm eventually and slowly were once again carving out some chances and Danny Jordan broke free after 70 minutes but tamely shot straight at the goalkeeper from six, no five, yards. Penn made three crucial substitutions and brought on Anton Bradley, Jamie West and Fred Tripp for the last 20 minutes. George Weller, Andy Harman and Danny Blatchford made way. Penn now moved into another gear and were looking the most likely to score a second and after a couple of brilliant saves from the Risborough goalkeeper. A Jamie West header went narrowly wide for Penn. Then in the 85th Minute the decisive second goal came when another Casey Bocarro near post corner was met at the near post by Fred Tripp who expertly guided his header into the far corner to calm the nerves and ultimately seal the victory. Penn still had time to force another fantastic one handed save from the Risborough goalkeeper from a bullet Anton Bradley header from 8 yards.
That was the end of the action and the game ended and Penn had deservedly won the match, but had been pushed all the way by a resolute Risborough side.
Team: J. Cockerill, J. Gumbs, JJ. Lofthouse-Smith, A. Sethi, J. Fox, D. Blatchford, G. Weller, C. Bocarro, D. Jordan, A. Davis (C), A. Harman Subs: A. Bradley, F. Tripp, J. West, Z. Martin, N. Miller