Saturday, 22nd October, 2016,

F.A. Vase – First Round

The Lions were expecting a tough battle against a side who arrived at Vale Farm for this F.A. Vase first round tie on the back of a fourteen match unbeaten run. But in the end it proved to be yet another elementary five goal pasting for Wembley as they steamrollered over in-form  Desborough Town to progress into the next stage of the competition with relative ease.

As with their previous outing against Hendon, Wembley had to recover from an early

setback, going behind in the seventh minute when a fortuitous deflection following

a short-corner fell nicely for the unchallenged Dan White to put the visitors from the

United Counties League in front.

Overrun in midfield, Wembley briefly lost their way, but a sudden spate of goals scored during a seventeen minute spell of pressure at the end of the first-half turned the game and placed the Lions firmly in control of matters.

Great work by Yassine Fehmi-Gil set up Wembley’s equaliser in the 28th minute. He skilfully carried the ball along the face of the Desborough rearguard before slipping it through their defensive ranks to Joe Wright, who found the target with a swift shot on the turn.

Three minutes later, the visitors’ square backline was breached again.  Wright latched onto Toby Webb’s diagonal cross, cushioned the ball before hooking it beyond the despairing goalkeeper to give Wembley the lead.

The under-pressure visitors were now in disarray and in the 35th minute it became three-one. The hapless Aaron Davies attempted to find his keeper with a lobbed back pass. However, the goalie was uncertain what to do with the lofted ball coming towards him and ended up watching it fly over him and plop over the goalline.


Wembley’s fourth goal arrived two minutes before the break, Webb delivered another telling, long forward pass towards the far post.  The elusive Ayoub Amellal appeared, and with an acrobatic flying header he propelled the ball into the opposite corner of the net.

In all and tense and purposes, it was an unassailable advantage. But rather than going gang-ho for more goals, Wembley kept it tight after the break to ensure there wasn’t any sensational Desborough fightback.

This they did with few scares until the 78th minute when Grigoili Zulmatashvili unnecessarily left his area to try and clear a stray pass only to collide with a colleague which left Will Arnold the simple task of prodding the loose ball into the vacant net.

Having reduced the arrears, the visitors sensed a revival.  But the Lions remained cool, bided their time, and hit back. Soon after, a Wright header slapped against a post. And then in the 84th minute, they scored a fifth goal.

A Desborough attack was broken up and instigated by Steve O’Reilly’s astute pass, the speedy Amellal made a breakneck charge down the right.  He skipped past a defender before delivering the ball into the box.  Wright came in, fell to his left and volleyed home his hat-trick to complete the rout.

Wembley visit Middlesex neighbours and  S.S.M.L. fellows, Cockfosters in the next


WEMBLEY:  Zulmatashvili, Webb, Humphries, Pearce, Brown, Fekete, Sabti

(Salako 76) Amellal, Wright (Mota 84), Fehmi-Gil (McKee 75), O’Reilly.


Date Time League Season Full Time
22nd October 2016 3:00 PM Emirates FA Cup SSML Prem 2016-2017 90'


Wembley FC5Win
Desborough Town FC0Loss
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