Our last match saw us claim a somewhat fortunate win in the league. The alternating between the league and the FA Cup continues. One thing is for certain though as we board the bus – we’re going to need to play much better if we’re going to be in the FA Cup First Round and potentially travelling to (or hosting) the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth or Swindon Town.
Chippenham Town Lineup:
Odds: Woking=6/4, Draw=2/1, Chippenham Town=13/8
Referee: Mr. Adam Hopkins
We go in to the tie as the leading scorers in the Cup, having plundered eleven goals across the Second and Third Qualifying Rounds. Woking offer a much sterner test though. As far as non-league exploits in the FA Cup go, Woking are amongst the giants and no doubt have half an eye on the Third Round of the FA Cup and causing an upset on TV, continuing their fine history in the competition.
I send out (what I would consider) a stronger side than has taken the field in the previous rounds. We get off to a nervy start as Will Richards makes an uncharacteristic mistake in the 4th minute. Luer is on hand to take advantage of the error and shoots from 18 yards. Brad House makes the save with ease, but concedes a corner in the process as he pushes the rising shot over the crossbar.
Mr. Hopkins’ arm gets a workout early on. He takes Hyde’s name in the 8th minute and follows up two minutes later by adding Mike Jones’ name to his book.
Our first chance of note comes in the 16th minute. Jordan Adekunle elects to shoot from 20 yards and sends a low shot goalwards. Schotterl gathers the daisycutter with ease and there’s no hint of a rebound. Wassmer becomes the third booking of the game in the 26th minute.
With four minutes to go until the break, Adekunle swings in a cross from the left. As tends to be the case, his delivery is superb and he lands the ball on Jack Compton’s head. Compton is 10 yards out, but is unable to keep his header down and Schotterl watches it sail harmlessly over.
Wassmer lays the ball off to Kretzschmar with one minute to go until half time. From 20 yards, Kretzschmar hits a shot along the ground. It’s across House. And nestles into the bottom corner to give Woking the lead. An awful time for us to concede in a game that’s been pretty even. Pretty even in the sense that little has happened and neither team has done much going forwards.
The first action to note in the second half comes in the ninth minute of the half as Mr. Hopkins adds Wheeler’s name to his book. Three minutes later, in a role reversal of the 41st minute, Compton picks out Adekunle with a cross. Adekunle is 8 yards out, but it’s a tight angle; he can only succeed in hitting his shot at a well-positioned Schotterl, although we do win a corner.
It’s the start of us taking the game to Woking as we look to progress in the FA Cup. Two minutes later, Kieran Parselle lifts a ball over the Woking defence and Hussein Mohammed is able to bring the ball down and shoot from 16 yards. Schotterl is again on hand to deny us, with a corner being our only prize. On the hour mark, Mohammed lays the ball off for Jones. Jones is 20 yards out and hits a low shot. Schotterl prevents us from equalising and this time holds on to the ball so we don’t even get a corner.
With 25 minutes remaining, I introduce Conor Levingston and George O’Neill for Jones and Yan Klukowski. O’Neill slots in to his shadow striker role behind Mohammed as I change shape to 4-2-3-1 as we hunt (at least) an equaliser.
One minute after the changes, Khinda-John plays a long ball from the back and Luer is able to reach and control it. He hits a low shot from 20 yards and House gets down well to keep us in the game, but concedes a corner in doing so. It’s evidently Woking’s turn to put on some pressure and in their case, look to kill off the tie. The 67th minute sees Casey cross from the left and find Wood at the near post. Wood is 8 yards out and helps the ball on with his head. The net ripples, but it’s only the side netting.
With time starting to run out, we look to win the ball back earlier. This probably contributes to Compton having his name added to Mr. Hopkins’ book. With 10 minutes remaining, Mohammed makes for the bench and Seika Jatta replaces him as I look for some fresh legs up front that will hopefully take advantage of a tiring defence.
There’s 7 minutes remaining in the game when Wheeler shoots from 16 yards and finds the side netting. It proves to be the last action of note in the match and our dreams of playing at Wembley in the FA Cup are over for the 2018/19 season. I suppose Spurs away in the Third Round was always a bit of a long shot.
Luer 6.6, Khinda-John 7.0
Chippenham Town ratings:
Klukowski 6.9, Jones 7.0, Mohammed 6.3
A bumper crowd at Kingfield Stadium (I wish it had been at Hardenhuish Park!) saw, in the end, a reasonable Cup tie. The first half was instantly forgettable apart from the eventual winner. We started the second half the better of the sides and were arguably unlucky not to be at least level. Woking finished the better team and were arguably unlucky not to add to their solitary strike. A one-goal winning margin was probably an accurate reflection on the match.
With no more FA Cup fixtures for the season and the start of the FA Trophy over a month away for us, it’s a chance to turn our attention back to the league.
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