COCKFOSTERS 1, WEMBLEY 2,
Tuesday, 15th November, 2016,
F.A. Vase – Second Round
Wembley progressed into the last sixty-four of the F.A. Vase for only the third time after successfully overcoming fellow Spartan South Midlands League companions Cockfosters in this delayed second round tie. Substitute Jermaine Heron clinching Wembley’s place, eight minutes from the end.
There was no repeat of the extra-ordinary nine-goal spree that occurred when the two clubs met in the League at Vale Farm, earlier this season. This was a far tighter affair.
But following an evenly contested goalless first-half, Wembley’s superior fitness, on a difficult, muddy playing surface was evident after the break, and they deservedly went through.
Strangely, despite being in command of matters during the second period following the blank opening forty-five minutes, the Lions needed to go a goal behind before transferring their authority with goals.
Lax defending during a rare Cockfosters’ sortie in the 65th minute enabled the unchallenged Ben Hart to fire home and put his side in front.
The unflustered Lions made an immediate response and parity was quickly restored, two minutes later. The home defence were unable to deal properly with Charlie Weir’s awkward centre and after seeing his initial strike blocked, the deadly Joe Wright made no mistake with his second attempt.
Wembley piled on the pressure there after and pinned Cockfosters into their own half for much of the remainder of the game. However, it was not quite one way traffic as the diving Grigoil Zulmatashvili was forced to make made an excellent save to prevent Ioannis Varouxakis re-establishing the home side’s lead following another counter attack
The visitors upped the tempo, and in the 82nd minute they hit the decisive goal. The home rearguard was once again unable to deal with another cross, an Ayoub Amellal corner this time. The loose ball fell perfectly at the feet of the lurking Heron, and his fiercely struck, rising half-volley flew over the line via the underside of the crossbar for Wembley’s winner.
The victorious Lions now meet Peterborough Sports, the current leaders of the United Counties League at Vale Farm in the next round.
WEMBLEY: Zulmatashvili, Pearce, Webb (Weir 40), Walters, Brown, Fekete,
Sardi (Fehmi-Gil 82), Amellal, Wright, Witham (Heron 65), O’Reilly.
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