AFC Jacks – 3
Aylesbury Flooring – 4
This game will long live in the memory of those who attended, the contingent from Aylesbury went through every possible emotion during the one hundred and twenty minutes it took to separate these two exceptionally good sides, but it was eventually their team who progressed and go through to the FA Sunday Cup quarter-finals, the only trophy to elude this club in their short existence. For the opening twenty-five minutes it looked as though Flooring had come to the end of their cup dream as their hosts raced into a two goal lead and looked dangerous every time they crossed the half way line, but a wonder strike from Alex Kedzierski just before the break gave them hope and in the second period they matched their opponents all the way until just eight minutes before the end they found their equaliser to take the tie into an additional thirty minutes. Again they fell behind early on but drew level within six minutes, then shortly into the second period Taylor Collins put his side ahead for the first time in the fixture and despite some heavy pressure they held on for a memorable win at the Aspray Arena, home of Sporting Khalsa.
The home side tore into their guests from the off, just twenty-five seconds in Gurjit Singh tore past the Flooring defence and flashed a shot across goal and wide of Liam Smith’s back post, a minute later they did take the lead when David Meese tried his luck from outside the box and it squirmed inside Smith’s left hand post. Aylesbury struggled to get to grips with their hosts in the early stages and their first two attacks saw Ollie Hogg & Ty Deacon simply play the ball straight through to Jacks custodian Gurtej Bhullar, and it took until the sixth minute for their first shot in fury when Lynton Goss found some space just inside the eighteen yard box to fire narrowly wide.
Jacks were denied a second by a brilliant instinctive save from Smith on nine minutes, a cross from the right saw Nathan Stone divert towards goal and somehow the keeper stuck out a hand to push the ball up onto the crossbar and the bounce took it away from danger, at the opposite end Goss fed Sean Coles in the box & with his back to goal a challenge from behind brought him down, his team mates calls for a penalty were waved away but Goss simply followed in and drove across goal and wide of the far upright, a free kick shortly after half cleared out to Dave Brown saw the midfielder volley back towards goal but Bhullar was under it all the way.
A run down the right wing from the Jacks full back saw him dispossessed and with the space behind Deacon was sent downfield, as two other defenders came across to cover he simply played inside to Goss who powered over the crossbar, followed closely by a cross that was cleared straight into the path of Brown who fired wide. From the goal kick the ball was played straight back in behind the Jacks defensive line for Deacon to chase after, from twenty yards he drove inches wide of the goal frame, at the other end a free kick floated into the Aylesbury area was flicked on and on the penalty spot Singh rose to bicycle kick wide.
Despite the play gradually beginning to level out Jacks scored again on twenty-one minutes with a simple routine, from the right Stone delivered the perfect cross into the six-yard box where all on his own Sean Williams headed into the bottom corner. Moments later it was almost three when Nicky Dodds saw a dipping drive fall inches over the crossbar, their next cross found Nicholas Turton eighteen yards out who fired back across Smith but wide of the far post, Aylesbury trying to get back into the game won a throw out on their left that was directed to Deacon inside the area, he controlled on his chest before swivelling and firing straight at the Jacks goalkeeper.
With five minutes of the half remaining the breakthrough came for the visitor’s, a corner swung in by Mitchell Collins was headed back out to the defender on the flank, he pulled back across midfield to Kedzierski some twenty-five yards from goal whose first time effort flew into the top corner. The goal lifted Flooring and a Hogg free kick some twenty yards out was curled around the wall but straight into Bhullar’s hands, there was still time for Mitchell Collins to push forward down the flank and unleash a low drive that the keeper had to get both hands on to stun and gather at the second attempt. H/T: 2-1
The second half started slowly and took over ten minutes for a shot at goal, a Jacks free kick curled over the top by Singh ahead of Dodd getting down the wing and fizzing the ball across the six yard box which saw Turton throw himself at it but missing by inches, he ended up in the back of the net whilst his target rolled away for a throw in. Aylesbury then won a free kick which Mitchell Collins curled towards the bottom corner forcing the keeper down low to save and as he parried it a mass of bodies rushed in but the referee blew for a foul, from the off Dodds again got down the right and into the box where his cross caused panic in the Flooring defence, it was eventually sliced back to the defender who smashed across the crowded box and wide.
Back came the Buckinghamshire side, a clearance found Mitchell Collins out wide who advanced before dragging his shot wide of goal, Deacon was next to shoot from eighteen yards trying to curl inside the back post but clearing it by just a yard, and a long distance free kick from Hogg sailed high over the crossbar. Chances still came along and with seven minutes left Goss found some room out on the left to get forward but pulled his effort wide of the front post, then just sixty seconds later they got their reward when excellent work by Goss saw him get to the byline and smash across the six-yard area where Deacon got enough of a touch to turn it in to spark wild celebration.
Injuries & cramp started to delay the final proceedings but eventually the away side won another corner which Hogg curled in and despite several bodies attacking it, it sailed out for a goal kick whilst the last action saw the home side throwing the ball into the box where Smith came out and climbed highest to gather with both hands. F/T: 2-2
Seconds in extra time Deacon centred a great cross which Brown met a full stretch but with no conviction it looped up onto the top of the netting, but then three minutes in Jacks retook the lead when a simple throw on their right was sent long and the cross met at the near post by substitute Kieron Miller who side footed home. Flooring refused to be floored once again, straight back at the other end Kedzierski absolutely thumped at goal where a last gasp outstretched boot diverted for a corner just as it seemed destined for the back of the net, and just five minutes after falling behind they levelled once more.
A free kick out on their left was angled in by Goss inch perfect to the head of Jordan Jenkins who was never going to miss from close range, and again the Aylesbury tails were up. Legs were tiring at this stage and full credit to both sides who never gave up, testament to a great game of football despite the majority having played less than twenty-four hours previously for their Saturday sides, a free kick some twenty-five yards out saw Kedzierski clear the defence but not Bhullar, the final action saw a Jacks attack break down and Goss come away with the ball, driving at the defence he unselfishly slipped a pass through for Deacon but a raised flag halted the play. H/T: 3-3
The hosts attacked from the off for the final fifteen minutes knocking long up to Lawley on the edge of the box but he wildly smashed over the top, a Flooring cross was headed out and met on the volley by Kedzierski and initially it looked to be flying over until a late dip saw the keeper having to jump and gather underneath his own crossbar. Three minutes in came the goal to put the visitor’s into the lead for the first time in the fixture, a cross into the hosts box saw Ben Seaton sandwiched between two defenders but the ball bounced down in front of Taylor Collins who lifted over the committed Bhullar into the bottom corner.
Goss almost sealed the game within a minute of taking the lead, played down the channel he left his marker behind but the keeper advanced and the strikers low drive was brilliantly saved and eventually cleared, the follow up from Kedzierski again goal bound before a deflection took it away to safety. Jacks pushed for an equaliser of their own and put some real pressure on their guests in the final stages, a huge throw into the box found Meese on the twelve yard spot where he turned but could only side foot over the top, their next throw again launched like a missile into the box where Smith powered his way through a mass of bodies to claim.
Another long throw found Singh inside the six yard box where he managed to work the slightest amount of space and attempted to arrow his header into the opposite corner but only succeeded in clearing the woodwork, in the dying seconds Deacon was sent away on goal on his own and from the edge of the area he tried to lob the keeper who brilliantly got himself up to save with both hands, as he went to kick long the final whistle blew on a pulsating cup tie. Flooring now face another away trip to Black Horse (Redditch) in the quarter-finals on the seventeenth of February. F/T: 3-4
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