Youngsters shine in FA Cup win for Arlesey Town after improved second-half

Archie Sayer hammers home his and Arlesey Town's second in the FA Cup extra-preliminary round match at home to Thetford Town

Archie Sayer hammers home his and Arlesey Town's second goal against Thetford Town. - Credit: DANNY LOO PHOTOGRAPHY

Some honest truths were needed at half-time before Arlesey Town eased into the next round of the FA Cup.

Lincoln Gilmartin of Arlesey Town in action against Thetford Town in the FA Cup extra-preliminary round match

Lincoln Gilmartin of Arlesey Town turns away from trouble against Thetford Town. - Credit: DANNY LOO PHOTOGRAPHY

The 4-3 win was easier than the score suggested, Thetford's final goal coming in the third minute of added time at the end of the game, but the two teams were level at the break after a 45 minutes of football that had home manager Chico Ramos less than impressed.

Arlesey Town manager Chico Ramos looks on during the FA Cup extra-preliminary round match with Thetford Town

Arlesey Town manager Chico Ramos looks on during the FA Cup extra-preliminary round match with Thetford Town. - Credit: DANNY LOO PHOTOGRAPHY

He said: "It was challenging. We were shocking in the first half and they definitely heard me at half-time. 

"We allowed them to play and on our pitch that shouldn’t happen. 

"We’d played teams from higher leagues in pre-season and looked so strong. We were getting the ball loads. 

"We didn’t do that in the first half but managed it better in the second."

Archie Sayer scores for Arlesey Town against Thetford Town in the FA Cup extra-preliminary round

Archie Sayer of Arlesey Town goes round the keeper to open the scoring against Thetford Town in the FA Cup. - Credit: DANNY LOO PHOTOGRAPHY

Archie Sayer got two of the four goals, at the beginning of either half, and although the visitors to New Lamb Meadow cancelled both out quickly, further strikes from Jalen Miller and Herculano Carvalho gave Arlesey breathing space and eventually passage to the preliminary round.

Jalen Miller of Arlesey Town celebrates scoring the third goal in the FA Cup extra-preliminary round

Jalen Miller of Arlesey Town celebrates scoring the third goal against Thetford Town in the FA Cup. - Credit: DANNY LOO PHOTOGRAPHY

And the boss was delighted to see his policy in blooding youngsters paying dividends.

Herculano Carvalho scores for Arlesey Town against Thetford Town in the FA Cup extra-preliminary round

Herculano Carvalho made it four for Arlesey Town from the penalty spot. - Credit: DANNY LOO PHOTOGRAPHY

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Ramos said: "I’ve been a PE teacher for 10 years and I’ve always promoted the development side for youngsters. 

"And I always said that if, one day I am building a team, which I am now, I’ll mix it and bring some of the youngsters in. 

"If you’re good enough then age doesn’t matter. 

"Archie Sayer is only 18 but he’s a young man in an adult’s body as he is so tough. 

"Josh Setchell who came on late is 18, the full-backs are 18 and 19 and I’m loving it. 

"I love to see the desire and the energy they give to us and I think it is the way forward for us and for every team." 

Arlesey Town chairman Dave Kitson chats with fans during the FA Cup match with Thetford Town

New Arlesey Town chairman Dave Kitson chats with fans during the FA Cup extra-preliminary round match against Thetford Town. - Credit: DANNY LOO PHOTOGRAPHY

The win backed up an opening day draw for Arlesey in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division away to Harpenden Town and Ramos hopes it is the boost in confidence they need to push on this year.

Arlesey Town fans enjoy being back at New Lamb Meadow during the FA Cup extra-preliminary round match with Thetford Town

Arlesey Town fans enjoy being back at New Lamb Meadow during the FA Cup extra-preliminary round match with Thetford Town - Credit: DANNY LOO PHOTOGRAPHY

He said: "The draw at Harpenden was amazing. They have been top five for the last few seasons so we will take the draw there on the opening day of the season. 

"A draw then and a win in the FA Cup, we’re growing as a team and we need to keep going."

Jalen Miller celebrates his goal during Arlesey Town's 4-3 win over Thetford Town in the FA Cup extra-preliminary round

Jalen Miller celebrates his goal during Arlesey Town's 4-3 win over Thetford Town in the FA Cup extra-preliminary round. - Credit: DANNY LOO PHOTOGRAPHY


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