Foxton Res 1 – 5 Steeple Morden Res
Foxton played host to lower-league, Steeple Morden Reserves in the First round of the Lower Junior Challenge Cup.
The Foxes started brightly with the majority of the possession in the opening 10 minutes bringing a few half-chances early on.
The visitors then broke the deadlock with a poachers’ finish after the home defence failed to clear a low cross.
Their lead was soon doubled after veteran, Peel, brought down the striker with a trailing leg and the resulting penalty was coolly placed into the bottom corner of Harper’s goal.
Steeple smelt blood and a depleted Foxton side were struggling to impose any kind of dominance expected from a team two divisions higher than their opponents; the final 10 minutes of the half saw goals 3 and 4 for the minnows.
Foxton were desperate for a break from the onslaught and the referee obliged – halftime was indicated and the home side trailed by four.
The home side seemed to take on board the comments from manager AR and started the second half much better than they finished the first.
The midfield pairing of Lawrence and Jonas seemed to grasp a much better idea of the pace of the game and started to initiate attacks with Lawrence the ball-winner and Jonas taking care of distribution.
Foxton’s one bright spark in the match, J. Rushton, was continually delivering crosses and facing up the Steeple left-back and this soon proved fruitful as a ball into the feet of Lawrence brought a twist and a turn before drawing a foul just inside the box – penalty awarded; with usual penalty taker, Lightfoot, currently being a bus Banker, it was left to Gypps to slot home from 12 yards.
The visitors cemented their victory less that 5 minutes later with a cool finish into the Foxton net. Foxton are out of the Lower Junior Challenge Cup.
Good luck to Steeple Morden Reserves in the coming rounds.
MoM James Rushton
Bookings O. Saunders (Descent/Potty-Mouth)