A hectic Tuesday night of Football saw Wembley compete in the Cherry Red Records Premier Cup away to AFC Hayes. After trailing at half time, the Lions brought it back in stunning fashion, netting 5 times in the second half.
The result sees Wembley into the next round of the cup, where we will face Cobham FC away. The date and kick-off are currently unconfirmed.
The starting XI was as follows… Jones started in the striker position, with Adetiba dropping to the bench.
Chances came early for Wembley, after Bernard stole the ball from the last man and was through on goal, but the keeper got down well and made a strong stop to keep him out.
Hayes managed to find a few chances in the following minutes however with a free kick being kept out by Mierzwa, and then a powerful shot 10 minutes later only found the side of the net.
It was Hayes however that struck first, following a long ball over the top, which found their striker; who brought it down and calmly finished to open the scoring.
A few minutes after the goal, an off the ball incident between Alfie and a Hayes player saw the Hosts down to 10 men. Alfie picked up a yellow and the free kick was given against the Lions, but it was Hayes who had the Man down going into the break.
3 changes were made at the break, with Khan, Adetiba and Obamakinwa all coming into the mix.
The Lions got back into the game by the 51st minute, courtesy of a surging run into the box by Ethan Tyrer. A fast ball was played across the goal to a crowd of players, which was prodded home.
The Wembley surge then took action, with Qasim Khan having an opportunity almost immediately after the goal. His close range shot was skewed over the bar, but it didn’t take much longer for him to get on the scoresheet. A perfectly timed through ball put Qasim in, and he made no mistake bundling it home under the keeper.
It was only another minute later when Qasim had a chance to double his tally, but his left-footed chip sailed over the bar from distance.
By the 72nd minute, the Lions were well and truly on top, and Sam Adetiba was brought down after a strong run directly into the box. Qasim stepped up to take it, and confidently placed it in the bottom left corner; taking his tally to two off the bench.
Three minutes later and the Lions made it four. JB found himself with a shooting opportunity and made no mistake. Calmly putting the ball past the keeper to take the game out of reach.
However at this stage the Referee began to succumb to the pressure from the atmosphere in the ground, and began dishing out bookings left right and centre. The first of which being a second yellow for JB, for simply celebrating his goal on the sideline.
The Home side then starting picking up yellows as the game came to a climax, and by the 85th minute AFC Hayes had a second man sent off and one man in the sin-bin, and were temporarily down to 8. The Lions capitalised on the numerical advantage and grabbed a 5th, courtesy of Calvin Osborne. Khan slotted a ball through behind the defence to the surging right back, who tapped the ball through the oncoming keepers legs.
Two late sin-bins left the Home side with 7 men for the last minute of play, and the full-time whistle brought a collective sense of relief across Farm Park.
With the match finishing 5-1 to Wembley, our safe passage is secured into the second round of the Cup, where we will face the aforementioned Cobham FC in an away fixture.
Wembley FC: Pryzmeyslaw, Osborne (90’+), Ejimfor, Walters, Tyrer (50′), Larrington, Bates, Laws-Cochrane, Jones, Fehmi-Gil, Bernard (75′) – Subs: Khan (53′, 72′) Adetiba, Payne, Heron, Obamakinwa