Saturday 14th September 2019 Senior Cup
St Day 5 (Willis 4, Richards 45, 85, Williams 48, 86) Foxhole 2 (Coates 12, Cheshire 18)
Foxhole (4-3-3): Ben Hurst; Ryan Wilkins, Josh Andrews, Angel Coates, Lee Whetter; Rory Barnicle, Levi Kerrigan, Frank McAvoy; Benno Bould, Tyler Cheshire, Nathan Papaioannou.
Sub: Jay Manning.
St Day (4-4-2): Ben Whiting; Sam Kevern, Matt Witts, Luke Hart, Tom Hogarth; Jacob Williams, Adam Stephens, Nathan Taylor, Joe Crossman; Jack Willis, Dan Richards.
Subs: Louis Hall, Chris Dobson, Rob Hoskings, James Daniel, Joff Mallaber.
In their first visit to the People's Republic in living memory, Foxhole's hopes of a day out on Easter Monday foundered at the first hurdle but they can count themselves desperately unlucky not to have at least forced extra time after a brave display. Twice striking the bar, and on the receiving end of perhaps the most incredible goal-line clearance ever, they unfortunately were also left to rue some unfortunate defensive mishaps and confusion as to whether the FA's rolling sub rule applied to one of their own competitions.
Having already somehow fired wide after rounding the keeper, Willis put St Day ahead inside five minutes when Hurst allowed the lively striker's effort to squirm between his legs. However the super Foxes hit back with a fantastic volley from Coates before Cheshire turned Kevern and hit a peach into the far corner. Foxhole were to enjoy a decent spell of pressure and ought to have extended their advantage, with new signing McAvoy prominent. Their profligacy was punished seconds before the break when, out of nothing, Richards' drive again caught out Hurst, who, to be fair, had earlier performed miracles to deny Crossman in a rare home sortie.
St Day again began the second half in blistering style, a hobbling Andrews unable to prevent Richards' cut-back for Williams to make it 3-2. Foxhole were to spend the next half hour camped in their opponents' final third, but the ball resolutely refused to find the net, largely due to determined defending from twin centre-halves Hogarth and Hart, and calm keeping from Whiting. Fortune was not on our side, though, as both McAvoy and Cheshire struck free-kicks against the bar, while Kevern amazingly blocked Bould's pile-driver from point-blank range after Whiting had smothered Manning's initial shot. Andrews was clearly in no fit state to continue but, with the already withdrawn Wilkins waiting to return to the fray, the referee vetoed his re-entry. St Day gleefully capitalised on now only having to face ten men to settle the match late on through Richards and Williams.
Well played the desperately unlucky super Foxes for a great effort. Good luck to St Day. Many thanks to George Pattison, Ian Osborne and the home lino.