Black Horse (Redditch) – 3
Aylesbury Flooring – 5
Aylesbury Flooring are into the semi-finals of the FA Sunday Cup after yet another thrilling cup comeback, this time at Black Horse (Redditch) who at three-one up with half an hour remaining thought they were home & hosed however George Tomlin’s men showed tremendous character for the second round running and scored four times in the last twenty-two minutes against a side who had only conceded four goals in their eight league games this season! Taking an early lead looked to set the Buckinghamshire side on their way much to the delight of the healthy numbers who travelled with the team, however goals either side of half-time looked to have ended the dream of reaching the final in their ultimate season but those supporters sang relentlessly and once their side clawed a goal back the noise levels rose to spur their heroes on, they now go on to face Sunderland Southwick at a neutral venue in the last four of the competition.
Aylesbury started the brighter and a second minute drive into the box from Dave Brown saw a lunging tackle from Josh Westwood which had the front man looking for a penalty but the referee indicated a corner was all he was getting, Lynton Goss then got down the flank & fizzed the ball across the box but behind the red shirts in front of goal, although his next attack led to the opening goal when Alex Kedzierski fed him to the left of goal & his shot deflected off a defender away for a corner, he took the set piece himself swinging into the edge of the six-yard box where Jordan Jenkins held off his marker to head his team into a seventh minute lead.
Shocked by the opening goal Black Horse were straight up the other end from the restart to win a corner which was curled perfectly onto the head of Lewis Clarke who unmarked could only thump wide of Liam Smith’s right hand post. Parsons saw a great run forward halted with a trip on the edge of the box just before the half hour mark, Mitchell Collins took the free kick which rebounded back off the defensive wall from where he tried again on the volley only to lift over the top, a throw to the home side was launched into the box where a flick on found Luke Dugmore but with the outside of his boot he spiralled his effort away from goal.
Flooring then spurned a glorious chance to double their lead when a poor goal kick from home custodian David Hancock found Parsons thirty yards from goal, with an empty net ahead he opted to pass to Brown who under pressure lost control and the chance was gone, whilst another long throw from the hosts found Ricardo Richards in the Aylesbury box and with back to goal he tried the overhead routine but cleared the crossbar with ease. With eight minutes of the half left Black Horse levelled with a somewhat fortuitous goal, a mishit shot across the box found Goss who tried to control but the ball bounced away from him allowing Clarke to pounce, hitting it first time wrong footed Smith and he could only watch as it rolled into the bottom corner. H/T: 1-1
The Aylesbury faithful had barely retuned their vocal chords for the second period when Black Horse took the lead just four minutes in, a reaching punt forward through the visiting defence form Dugmore saw Rees James advance two paces before knocking past Smith and in off the post. The goal rocked Flooring although Ty Deacon combined well with Goss down the right to see his shot blocked, the ball rolling out to full back Ollie Hogg who blazed high over the top, then just before the hour mark they were undone again when an attack broke down and the ball sent long down the flank for James to latch onto where he squared inside to Dugmore who turned and flashed a shot across Smith who got his hand to it but could only help push it up into the roof of the net.
At this point the same was seemingly done & dusted as Black Horse looked dominant, a long pass down their left towards Jack Wilson saw him go up against substitute Jack Page in the air and what looked a nudge in the back was waved play on allowing the midfielder a free run at goal but he could only fire over the bar, but from there Flooring slowly got themselves back into the fixture, on sixty-five minutes a throw from Collins found the head of Deacon in front of goal which forced Hancock to fling himself away to save one handed and gather at the second attempt earning the applause of the crowd on the touchlines, but just three minutes later he was powerless to stop Deacon from pulling his side back into the game.
Ryan Freshwater levels the tie from the spot
Goss attacked the left hand side of the area and got past his marker before shooting low at goal, somehow the ball squirmed under the dive of the Horse keeper and behind him the Flooring striker couldn’t miss and it was game on! Parsons collected a throw out on the right and travelled to the angle of the box before trying to curl inside the far post but Hancock was behind it all the way, then on seventy-five minutes his side were awarded a penalty when Goss drove into the box and coming across him Clarke dived in to tackle but instead brought him down, despite the protests Ryan Freshwater stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to fire into the bottom corner and level the contest once more, suddenly the hosts looked tired and the guests were re-awoken.
Black Horse defended gallantly but Flooring weren’t finished by any means, on eight-five minutes they got their noses in front again when Goss threaded an inch perfect pass through the eye of a needle between the home backline to find Kedzierski who hit it first time from the edge of the penalty arc to loop over Hancock and into the bottom corner to spark wild celebrations on and off the field. Still they wanted more & another Aylesbury cross was headed clear but running in Hogg closely attended by his marker had to shoot first time but could only steer wide, ahead of a great run from Goss in midfield into the box saw him round the keeper but go too wide, regaining the ball he turned and fired at goal but Hancock had recovered and was comfortable to collect on his goal line.
Players & supporters celebrate together
Deep into added time Page sealed his sides passage into the semi-finals for the first time in their history, Goss and Loyiso Recci clashed on the far left touchline and despite the home faithful calling for a foul the ball rolled on where Kedzierski collected to advance, looking up he spotted bodies in the box so curled in a cross which Deacon stepped over allowing it to reach Page, he evaded the challenge of skipper Joseph Cole to poke past Hancock inside the near post to complete yet another unforgettable comeback. F/T: 3-5
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