|Date||8th January 2017|
|Competition||Herts County Cup|
|Kick-off Time||10:30 am|
|Result||Won 3 ‐ 2|
My late grandfather used to say ‘never give in, never never never give in’. Well he would have been proud of his great grandson’s team who took his mantra to a new level in overcoming the EJA’s Bishops Stortford FC in the quarter final of the Herts FA County Cup to reach the semi final for the first time.
After an early start and a 40 mile journey down the M11, the boys warmed up well and for the first time the whole squad of 15 fit boys travelled. The team started strongly and dictated possession but went in at half time 1-0 down after a breakaway goal and some inconsistency from the Herts FA appointed officials. The 2nd half continued in the same vein with a lot of Lions pressure but no breakthrough against the outstanding BSCFC keeper. Against the run of play BSCFC got a 2nd via a terrible ricochet off our defence and we had a mountain to climb.
At this point the character and self belief kicked in. The boys kept playing football. With 2 minutes of normal time remaining Lucas Schreiber latched on to a loose ball and found the corner but it seemed too little too late. Time rolled on and deep into the 2 minutes of injury time Freddie Land picked up a bouncing ball on the right, skipped past 2 or 3 challenges and squared to Lucas. Time stood still as he controlled, spun and equalised. There was no time to restart and we entered 20 minutes of extra time.
Extra time was memorable for 2 things. With 5 minutes remaining BSCFC broke through on goal and their striker drew his right leg back to shoot from 10 yards out. A certain goal was somehow averted by Tyler Gordon who swept his leg around the opposition forward and somehow came away with the ball. The other event came in the last minute. Gabriel swept past the left hand side of the BSCFC team leaving them all in his wake and his cross went through a pack to Sammy Garcia on the far side. With his back to goal but on his left foot Sammy swivelled and shot into the top corner almost like a half wedge shot from just off the green. Game over.
A wonderful team performance and result across the group of 15 boys who all played a significant part. Huge credit to coach Lorenc. The semi final will be on 5 February against another EJA team Hertford.