Elmore FC v Heavitree United FC
Heavies no match for the Eagles.
Heavitree United FC were our latest visitors to Horsdon Park in the Quarter Finals of the East Devon Senior Cup.
The pitch was looking in fine order again, and ready for another tough game against a hard working Heavitree side that we played away a few weeks earlier in the league, and managed a 3-1 win.
A slightly different Heavitree side to the midweek game away at Heavitree turned up for quarter final game, but would carry the same strong will to win against our so far unbeaten side.
Unfortunately our visitors seamed more than happy to sit deep and make it as hard as possible for us to score right from the start of the game. And so it continued throughout the 1st half, with Heavitree making the odd venture into our half, but without too much threat on John Wannell
in goal. Very content to sit with 6 defenders at times when we counter attacked, very frustrating but very effective early on to be able to break down such a packed defence, and coupled with a very physical and vocal style to try and retain possession, it was difficult to get our opening goal as the half continued.
We did create chances, just couldn’t convert the chances we did make, and with half time closing in it seemed as if we would go in all square at half.
But with all the conversations the ref had with our visitors, including a few cards, the added time was our friend as Daniel Tapp
found himself out muscling the defender on the edge of the box to slide the ball home past the visitors keeper, and take us into the break with a 1-0 lead, and with all our possession a deserved lead.
The 2nd half carried on in the same style as the 1st, with us having most of the play but our visitors having their moments during the half, but again without really threatening our goal too much. But as with the 1st half, we couldn’t quite find the finishing touch for the chances we were creating, and giving our visitors a sniff at a chance to maybe pinch an equaliser, but what seemed a lack of conviction on their behalf meant they never really created the chances.
The half continued in a disrupted manor, with fouls being committed giving us chances to put good quality balls into the box, but unfortunately again nothing came from this.
Once again as the half seemed to be dwindling away, Jordan Bastin
picked the ball up from wide, and drove past opposition players to find himself inside the corner of the box, and unleashing another one of his thunderous shots past the keeper into the far corner, and as before an injury time goal sealed the win, and progression into the semi finals of the cup.
Not the most entertaining or free flowing of games we’ve been involved in, and quite a physically demanding game to play in.
Still a good result against a very physical and hard working team with some decent players.
Next week we welcome Buckland Athletic res to Horsdon Park in the Devon Premier Cup with a 2 o’clock kick off again.
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