Boars lose marginally in FA Vase fixture
Horndean FC edged victory at Fox Lane on Saturday afternoon, beating the Boars 1-0 in the first round of the Buildbase FA Vase Cup, in a match featuring two high tempo sides playing with energy and desire to win.
Match Report by Ben Thomas
The opening exchanges of this tie saw the away side dominate possession as to be expected, being in a higher tier of the non-league pyramid than Eversley & California. Most passing was deep in their half, switching the ball from side to side, waiting for an opportunity to exploit an out of position Boars player.
This trend continued throughout the majority of the first half, Horndean were comfortable on the ball and were able to control the game and create a few half chances due to this. In contrast, Eversley were unable to get any passing moves going and sat relatively deep in their own half, in attempts to soak up any attacking pressure Horndean applied. The Boars managed to avoid conceding any clear-cut opportunities for a long period of time but were unable to break into Horndean’s half and looked unlikely to score.
The last 10 minutes of the half saw a period of sustained attacks from the travelling side which lead to them netting just before the half time whistle. C. Duffin fired a low, testing cross across the 6-yard box which was touched goalward, causing a fantastic reaction save from Boars number 1, C. Lusty, but the rebound fell straight to the feet of A. Lis, who powered home from 2 yards. This was the last kick before the referee blew for half time, a detrimental time to concede for Eversley however thoroughly deserved by Horndean.
Eversley and California demonstrated an increased hunger in the first 15 minutes of the second half, being higher up the pitch from the offset allowed for quicker pressing and more possession of the ball. In the 47th minute a great chance fell to Boars substitute A. Rowland, who drilled a shot from range, forcing the away goalkeeper into an uncomfortable save - the ball almost bouncing in from the initial fumble. At this point, the Boars realised perhaps they were showing their opponents a little too much respect so when they began to show a more relaxed nature in possession it panicked the team in the lead, whose confidence and composure took a knock. Despite getting a foot back in the game, Eversley still struggled to create anything offensively, similar to Horndean who were happy to concede a few yards but were still looking to nick a second goal.
The closing minutes saw Eversley & California dominate possession, but this lacked purpose. Horndean sat back and let the home team’s defence switch the ball from side to side without any threat of them creating a substantial chance to score, meaning the game ended 1-0 to the visitors.
It was an entertaining game to spectate and a noble effort from the Boars. The first half was dominated by Hordean, who deserved to be a goal up, the second half much more of a contest - once the Boars gained some confidence it became a lot tighter, the game saw attempts which could’ve seen Eversley equalise or even go on to win the match. A loss for the Boars but nevertheless a great achievement - the furthest progression in the FA Vase in the club’s history. One to surely be proud of by the players, management team, club officials and fans.