Blues show no spark up front
Tuesday night round-up Arlesey Town went down to their second home defeat in four days to the high rollers from AFC Hornchurch. Jack Rashid was brought into early action when a deceptive cross almost drifted in but he managed to palm the ball away. Almost
Tuesday night round-up
Arlesey Town went down to their second home defeat in four days to the high rollers from AFC Hornchurch.
Jack Rashid was brought into early action when a deceptive cross almost drifted in but he managed to palm the ball away.
Almost immediately, an Arlesey attack saw Michael McKenzie force a fine save from Dale Brightley.
Hornchurch kept the pressure up and an inswinging corner from Andy Tomkinson on 11 minutes got the better of Rashid to give the visitors the lead.
The next Arlesey move went from defence to attack in seconds, Paul Bloss laying the ball on for McKenzie whose crisp shot went just wide.
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Arlesey had the ball in the net but a free-kick was awarded in favour of keeper Brightley, even though it was one of his own defenders that clattered him.
Rashid then fingertipped a rasping shot around his left-hand post.
From the corner, a looping header came back off the crossbar.
The visitors also went close as Rashid was left one-on-one from about 12 yards. He saved superbly and the ball was cleared as the defence recovered.
Arlesey's Lee Tekell whipped in a free-kick from the left and was unlucky to see the ball come off the bar.
The Blues had not made the best of their chances and to emphasise this Kaan Fehmi missed a gilt-edged chance to level in the last seconds of the half.
Play was tighter after the break and possession changed hands every few seconds as both sides battled for domination.
The pivotal moment of the night arrived in the 69th minute.
Tekell's header cannoned off a player on the line, quite probably one of his own team, to deny Arlesey a certain equaliser.
AFC Hornchurch broke forward at great speed against an exposed Blues defence for the unmarked Mark Janney to slot home.
Although the pair of Jason Thomas and Ozie Foster replaced Arin Fehmi and Mark Bridge and then Dean McElroy was subbed by Gordon Barr, Arlesey could not manage a goal.
Blues: Rashid, McElroy (Barr), Bloss, K Fehmi, Dogbe, Gray, Tekell, A Fehmi (Thomas, McKenzie, Bridge (Foster), Rydeheard.
P There was an extraordinary nine goals as Stotfold edged past Langford in the Beds Senior Cup.
The tone was set in the first few minutes as Langford took the lead when what looked to be a header across goal, from the right, from Joe Delasalle flew in at the far post.
This lead only lasted three minutes before Ian Thorne's flicked header from Ryan Nichol's corner made it level.
Patrick Alcide headed Rob Groves' corner past his own keeper Nigel Blower on 20 minutes after Stotfold had to replace defenders Scott Rennie and Jamie Taylor through injury.
Then a neat flick from Nichol was collected by a good diagonal run from Louis Lee who tucked his shot under Edward Winsor in the Langford goal on 28 minutes to level again.
Two minutes later, 16-year-old Tommy Hull lobbed the keeper from outside the box to give Stotfold the lead for the first time in the match.
Having had the better chances in the half, Langford drew level on the stroke of half time when a ball from the left picked out James Bywater on the right for him to sidefoot in.
Langford regained the initiative 10 minutes into the new half when a poor headed clearance fell to Lee Pateman who wrong-footed the last defender to make a bit of space and shot low to Blower's right.
The visitors again created the better chances with two shots coming off the woodwork and Groves' volley straight at Blower and allowing him to parry over.
They were made to pay for the missed chances when Joe Philbin headed in Nichol's free-kick on 81 minutes.
After Thorne's shot ricocheted off the keeper, then his legs and over on 90 minutes it seemed as if the tie was going into extra time.
But a minute into stoppage time, Winsor slipped over on a routine backpass. This allowed matchwinner Thorne to run on, cheekily crouch down and head it over the line.
Rokermen: Blower, Alcide, Rennie (Philbin 18), Hull, Taylor (Drury 25), Smith, Delacy, Lee, Furness (Mitchell 64), Thorne, Nichol.