Extra-time defeat for the Reds

BALDOCK Town were involved in a dramatic Herts Junior Cup final at the County Ground in Letchworth GC on Good Friday. The youthful and exciting Reds were finally beaten 5-4 after extra time by the experience of Kings Sports in a match full of twists and t

BALDOCK Town were involved in a dramatic Herts Junior Cup final at the County Ground in Letchworth GC on Good Friday.

The youthful and exciting Reds were finally beaten 5-4 after extra time by the experience of Kings Sports in a match full of twists and turns.

This was after Town had led 4-2 in the first minute of the second half.

The final sparked into life midway through the first half as Kings Sports grabbed the lead through Adrian Abramian.


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Baldock grabbed an equaliser just before the half hour when a Michael Masters free-kick was met superbly by Mark Nunn who headed into the top corner.

Kings regained the lead as Abramian scored again, this time the ball hitting both posts.

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Then more good work by Masters caused pandemonium in the box before Cameron Brawley teed up Nunn to slice the ball in off the post to level once more.

Seconds later, Brawley collected the ball in the Kings half and ran at the defence. After riding a couple of challenges, Brawley's effort at goal was deflected into the net and the match was turned on its head.

Baldock made it 4-2 in the first few seconds of the new half when a defensive slip let in Harry Holland. After striding clear, Holland tucked the ball past the keeper with great aplomb.

The advantage was halved within 10 minutes though as Terry Bennion netted with a fantastic strike.

Town should have restored the two-goal cushion when first Nunn and then Rusbridge wasted great opportunities to score.

With the final whistle looming ever closer, Kings equalised just two minutes from time when Jez Clifton headed in from a corner to send the game into extra time.

Town were just about to make their final substitution of the match when Masters saw red for violent conduct.

Baldock's cause was worsened when Paul Martin picked up an injury which effectively reduced them to nine players.

After holding out in the first period, their resistance was finally shattered in the 111th minute when substitute Chris Turner met a cross unmarked at the far post.

Baldock return to league action this Saturday when they take on Premier Division champions elect St Ippolyts who moved closer to the title with a 10-3 win at home to Magnum on Easter Saturday.

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