Saturday 12th October 2019 Buildbase FA Vase First Round Proper
CLAY CROSS TOWN 3 COTTESMORE AMATEURS 1
By STAN WILTON
A sun drenched and very pleasant October afternoon drew a splendid crowd to the ‘We Do More Than Print’ Ground to witness this FA Vase tie between two teams who had never previously met, and whom neither had reached this stage of the competition previously.
The fact that this week end is an International break and that local National League side Chesterfield did not have a game had something to do with the game being an attractive alternative. One must not forget also that today has been designated Non League Day.
Let’s hope that some of the spectators will have seen enough to whet their appetites and want to come back for more on other occasions.
Certainly both sides displayed some good, attractive football, and one has to say that if the visitors had possessed a player with a little more ‘devil’ in front of goal, particularly in the second half, it might well have been a different result.
As it was…..
THE STORY OF THE GAME
One of Josh Scully’s famous long range shots was off target.
Clay Cross made a spirited start looking for an early goal but Ryan Ordidge’s header from Grant Mitchell’s cross at the back post was wide.
A spell of Clay Cross pressure was ended by JOSH SCULLY who pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area to give the Millers the lead.
Josh Parfitt made a good run past three defenders but his shot was deflected for a fruitless corner.
Parfitt headed Scully’s free kick wide from a good position.
Jordan Smith missed a free header in front of goal with only Ryan Hopkins in the home net to beat from Luke Smith’s cross.
Visitors coming back into the game well but Tom Pope got no power into a clear shot at goal which caused Hopkins no problems.
Cottesmore lost skipper Ethan Milne to injury replaced by Jake Robson.
Clay Cross Town 1 Cottesmore Amateurs 0
The second half was all action and the game ebbed and flowed from end to end with chances made by both sides going begging. Kieran Ordidge set up Scully with a run and cross from the right but the latter’s effort landed on top of the net.
Tom Pope made an excellent run for Amateurs but finished with a weak shot.
A member of the Clay Cross bench was cautioned following a tirade of abuse aimed at the referee’s ability to control the game.
Scully should have done better with a clear chance but put his shot straight at Jonathan Hotson in the visitors goal.
Ashley Radmore made a good run for the Millers but shot wildly over the bar. Got excited as the goal loomed in front of him.
Daniel Seals crossed from the right, Pope headed on and JORDAN SMITH smashed the equaliser in off the underside of the bar. No more than the visitors deserved at this stage.
Substitute William Whitehead headed Adam Kimberley’s cross over a gaping goal.
Hotson saved a shot from Josh Parfitt for a fruitless corner.
A delicate chip by JOSH SCULLY beat everyone in a crowded goalmouth and the ball flashed into the top corner of the net to restore the home lead.
Substitute Jake Robson’s lovely low shot on the turn from just inside the penalty area was saved by Hopkins.
Hotson made a fine save from Whitehead’s close range shot. Whitehead’s introduction had made a big difference to the home attack with some strong runs down the right.
Colton Cropper shot wide from a Jordan Smith pass as the visitors strove hard to take the game into extra time.
Kimberley’s free kick for the Millers flew wastefully over the bar.
The visitors best chance of the second half fell to Daniel Seals with a clear header at goal from five yards out following a cross from the right, but he headed the ball rather tamely into the grateful arms of Hopkins.
Cropper’s hard low shot was wide of the target and with it went the visitors chances of making further progress in the competition.
Whitehead made another splendid run down the right for the Millers and his low cross was tapped in from close range by GRANT MITCHELL to seal a home win. The restart was the last kick of the game.
Clay Cross Town 3 Cottesmore Amateurs 1