North Greenford match report
NGU Emirates FA Cup match report shows Baldock in a positive light
Most of this match report from North Greenford website with a few interjections from Pinky! But I couldn't find an author so I do say thank you and sorry at the same time for stealing your report!
A disastrous fifteen minute spell for North Greenford at the start of the second period saw hosts Baldock Town race into a 3-1 lead in this Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round contest to overturn United’s one goal first half advantage and go on to deservedly earn a place in the First Qualifying Round for the first time in the club’s history.
The visitors started the match confidently, It was some twelve minutes into the game before Baldock created their first scoring opportunity, an effort on goal that sailed way over the visitors crossbar.
Greenford deservedly went ahead on sixteen minutes following an excellent interchange on the left between Sandro Costa and James Simmonds which played Simmonds through on goal. Simmonds then steadied himself inside the box before producing a composed, clinical finish, placing his shot across the Reds’ keeper Jack Farmer into the far corner.
Five minutes later Farmer was fortunate to stay on the pitch after catching Sandro on the side of the head, an offence referee Luke Scott saw but only decided merited a yellow card.
This was to prove a significant moment for, although United continued to control play up to the break, the Blues were unable to extend their lead with Farmer denying the team their best chance of doing so on the stroke of half time. Leaping high to his right he produced an excellent save to keep out a close-range Jamal Velinor header from an excellent Carl Bower cross on the end of a fine Greenford move down the right.
Bower had not been long on the pitch as – another significant moment – he had only just joined the action replacing Blues centre back and captain Antony Rowlands who had been unable to continue after suffering a leg injury.
Within five minutes of the resumption the tie had been completely turned on its head. Clearly fired up by player-manager Luke Gregson’s half-time talk Baldock looked a completely different side as they scored twice during that dramatic spell. (Actually it was Player-Assistant Manager Dean Gilbert’s talk about the next 10 minutes of the second half being the most important – and oh my life did the team come out fighting!)
The first came from a Reds corner two minutes into the half with unmarked centre-back Stuart Pearson firing in a bullet-header and the second, scored three minutes later, an Alex Coppin shot-come-cross that drifted into the Blues net past keeper Bailey Mulhall.
Worse was to come for United on sixty-five minutes when, also looking a completely different side as they struggled to regain some sort of composure and shape, the home side added a third. On this occasion again from a corner, producing a virtual carbon copy of their first goal, Lewis Barker scored with another unopposed header.
To all intents and purposes that third goal put the contest to bed and Baldock went on to comfortably protect their lead and secure an important and memorable win for the club.
Baldock now play Thame United at home on Sunday 3rd September at Lambs Meadow, Arlesey Kick off is at 3.00pm.
We all have everything crossed ….. It’s the FA Cup! You never know!
Jack Farmer, Josh Furness, Stuart Pearson, Myles Lee, Stephen Brook, Alex Coppin, Lewis Barker, Luke Gregson, Louis Lee, Harry Holland, Owen Robertson
Subs, Jack Mordecai, Freddie Morris, Liam Kenna (the famous twitter sub)