Winslow United – 2
Roman Glass St George – 3
Winslow United bowed out of the FA Cup at the first attempt on Sunday after defeat to Bristol side Roman Glass St George, a game that was played in ever changing conditions which saw warm sunshine replaced by downpours frequently saw the home side equalise with just eight minutes left and as they pressed for a winner were undone by a sucker punch in added time. For the second game in just five days home keeper Sam Ashmead was the talk of the first half, after scoring from inside his own half on Tuesday he went up for a high ball just three minutes into this game and landing awkwardly was knocked out, after several minutes of treatment he carried on, but after going behind in the second half was eventually substituted to be replaced by midfielder Ricky Gwilliam, by this stage the visitors were ahead but Mitchell Collins levelled only for the last gasp heartbreak to knock the Ploughmen out of the cup!
After the injury to Ashmead the game sparked to life when Winslow were awarded a penalty which Ryan Freshwater duly despatched, just past the half hour mark the home custodian again felt the effects of his injury and had to have more treatment but insisted on carrying on. That decision was justified as within sixty seconds George Lloyd burst through the yellow & blue backline and fired low towards the goal but the keeper still had enough of his faculties to get down low and save to earn the applause of the home faithful, moments later Lloyd again beat the offside trap but again Ashmead got down well to smoother.
Injury then forced the Roman’s into a change as Ken Oni had to be replaced by Josh Dempsey, Dan Parsons almost doubled the lead when drifting past two defenders out on the left he cut in to the area and his low cross from an acute angle was blocked at the near post by visiting keeper Ross Grimshaw. With all the interruptions the first half went on an additional ten minutes, the last of those saw the equaliser when Ryan Radford broke down the right and sensing Ashmead off his line he chipped over the stranded keeper into the unguarded net. H/T: 1-1
Within nine minutes of the restart the away side took the lead when awarded a penalty of their own, Radford doubled his & his sides tally for the afternoon, shortly after another challenge saw Ashmead go down again and this time he agreed to leave the pitch, Adam Beckett joining the action allowed Gwilliam to don the gloves. Parsons again went close when getting away down the right channel he put the ball through the advancing keepers legs and as amass of bodies all tussled to get to the cross at the front of the six-yard box, a Roman leg stuck out to divert for a corner by an inch or so.
A twenty yard free kick saw Beckett strike the crossbar & bounce over, but on eighty-two minutes a cross from their left found Collins unmarked at the back post who couldn’t miss, straight back up the opposite end a superb reaction save from Gwilliam kept the visitor’s out but he was powerless three minutes into added time when a great strike from Steve Fitzpatrick from distance dipped over his outstretched arm to seal the game for the Bristolians. F/T: 2-3
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