Ansell stunner sinks Stutes.
Ryan Ansell's wonder striker was enough to earn a place in the First Round on October 21st with a deserved win at Histon.
Saturday 23rd September 2017
BUILDBASE F.A VASE-SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
HISTON (0) v COGENHOE UNITED (0) 1
Cooks; Ansell 73
With Séan McBride suspended, Jacob Cox joined Liam Tuck in central midfield, while Ryan Dove returned to partner Chris Wreh up front, meaning Ryan Ansell moved out wide right, Luis Vieira wide left and Kiel Mullen dropped to the bench.
It was a real pleasure to visit Histon’s Glass World Stadium, a great pitch and a superb venue for the lads to perform in and even the weather was kind with a very pleasant early Autumn afternoon greeting us.
Ansell won an early corner by pressing Max York, but Tuck’s in-swinger was headed away by a red shirted defender. York soon showed us his long throw as he launched one into the Cooks box, but Dan Stevenson headed it out with no fuss. Danny Gould made a great run down the left and swept past Munya Matiyenga before pulling it back for Ed Rolph in the box, but Dan Stevenson made a timely challenge to clear the danger. Vieira made good yardage down the left before earning his side a throw, Dan Smith launched it in to the box and Dove rose well to flick it on, but it was too close to Ayden Duffy in the Stutes goal.
Stevenson played the ball up to Wreh and he brought it down well whilst holding off his marker before laying it wide to Ansell. The wide-man cut inside and went for goal from just outside the box, but his shot hit James Chivers on the arm as he went to ground to block, but the referee ruled ball-to-hand and waved play-on. Matt Hayden picked out Sheldon Weinham in space on the edge of the area, but all he could do was head it across the box and it went harmlessly behind for a goal-kick. Wreh intercepted a Histon cross-field ball in the centre of the park and played it up to Dove who turned it wide for Ansell. Dove made a run into the box looking to get it back, but his team mate tried to wriggle past a couple of defenders in the box and eventually lost possession.
Pat Bexfield was looking for Ed Rolph with his cross, but Josh Melling got there first with a great header. Gould was first to the loose ball on the edge of the box, but his low drive was saved by Stuart Lutter. Another promising run from Gould was ended but the tenacious Cox, who battled back superbly to take the ball off him before he could get in his cross. Gould then forced Lutter into a save with an effort from just outside the angle of the box, but he stretched to his right and held it well, although he needed treatment straight after. Lutter was again in action as Rolph got his head to York’s free-kick, but it was relatively routine for the Cooks number one.
Matiyenga found Dove in the box and he held it up nicely before sending over a cross, but Chivers headed it away, then Wreh did really well up against two defenders on the by-line and won his team a corner. Ansell picked out Vieira with a great ball and he came inside to make space for a shot, but he didn’t middle-it and pulled it wide of the near post. The last attacking action of the first half came down the other end where Will Lawton tried his luck from twenty-five yards, but it was well wide of the target and the sides went into the break tied at 0-0.
Half-time; Histon 0 Cogenhoe Utd 0
No changes at the break as Histon went on the offensive and Smith had to head a Gould cross over his own bar in the first few seconds. Rolph got his head to the corner, but could only send it across the box and out for a goal-kick on the far side. Dove won possession in the centre and found Wreh. He played a great ball into Vieira’s run down the left and he played a lovely ball across the box that Dove got to, but he was slightly off balance and at full stretch, so he could only send his volley over the bar with the keeper scrambling across the box. Duffy then punched away a Tuck free-kick from the right as The Cooks started to take a foothold on the game. Ansell cut in and took on a couple of defenders before drilling a shot into the near post, but Duffy got down well to gather.
Dove flicked on a Lutter clearance and Wreh gave chase. Duffy came to the edge of his box and got a touch to the ball as Wreh tried to knock it past him and the keeper reacted the quickest and dive on the loose ball before Wreh could get there. Smith defended well from a Charlie Brown centre and Hayden sliced his shot horribly wide from just outside the box. Lawton played a free-kick up into the box from the half-way line and Rolph steered his header towards the top corner, but Lutter again did well to stretch out an arm and turn the ball over the top.
Ansell broke away through the middle and played a great ball through to Vieira, but Brown battled back well to make a timely interception inside the Stutes box. Cox won the ball inside the host’s half and gave Smith the chance to get the ball into the box, but Duffy managed to claim the ball at the second attempt under pressure from Dove at his far post. Another dangerous cross from Smith saw a defender get a touch in front of Tuck and the Cooks man handled it as he tried to change direction. Histon made a double swap on 68 minutes with Hayden and Brown going off to be replaced by George Darling and Joe Sutton in an attempt to liven up their game, but five minutes later it was Cogenhoe who grabbed the initiative. Cox got his head to a Histon clearance and Dove did really well to hold off a challenge and touch the ball to Ryan Ansell around thirty yards out and he an absolute screamer with his first time shot. His effort beat the keeper all-ends-up and flew into his top left-hand corner and the Cooks players deservingly mobbed their hero for his effort.
Wreh set-up Tuck twenty-yards out and went for the first time shot. He got the power he wanted, but not the accuracy and it flew a couple of yards wide. Luis Vieira stayed down after a challenge and was clearly in trouble so the referee blew for the trainer to come on. I say trainer, but it was actually the injured Jake Cayton doing the honours today. It was clear that the magic sponge was not going to be of much use this time and the unfortunate winger had to be helped from the field. Histon are a very welcoming and friendly club and the only blot on the day came during this incident with Vieira clearly in pain, the home left back constantly bickered at the referee by telling him to get him off, but not as polite. Just spray it and drag him off really wasn’t much help to anyone and then another Histon defender decided to join in and totally embarrass himself too.
Back to the game, the injured Vieira had been helped off the park and Kiel Mullen came on to replace him in a straight swap on the left wing, although he played a much deeper role which actually left more space for Histon on their right. Darling saw the headlines and tried an ambition effort from just outside the box, but he was never balanced and it was both high and wide of the target. The hard-working Chris Wreh gave way for Harry Chipchase as Tom Chapman looked to bolster the midfield and see this game out, leaving Dove up front on his own for the last nine minutes plus injury time. A couple of quick bookings followed as Mullen saw the yellow card for kicking the ball away and Dove for stopping a quick free-kick. The skipper’s perhaps a case of taking one for the team as Histon tried to take a quick-one a few yards outside the box with Cogenhoe still trying to arrange the defence.
The Stutes last change saw Shaun Jenkins replace Lawton, the unsporting left-back from earlier on. This was almost certainly an attacking move by Lance Key, the Kettering born Stutes gaffer, although it may have been to allow the annoying defender time to sort out his dodgy comb-over that was now trailing behind him like a dislodged thatched roof after a hurricane had passed by.
Both Melling and Cox made brave defensive headers inside their own box as Histon tried desperately to get back into the game and Lutter was forced into a save when Rolph steered a long free-kick towards the top corner. Ansell became the third Cook to go into the book four minutes into added time after overdoing the time consuming at a throw-in, while the last chance, or maybe half-chance fell to Histon as Evan Key made himself a bit of space just outside the box, but his shot was much too high to trouble Lutter.
A great day out and a place in the draw for the First Round proper to be played towards the end of October. This was a difficult draw for Cogenhoe and when you consider we still have players missing, it was also a great result. There were 13 heroes on the park today as we played as a team again and a second clean sheet in five days shows how difficult we are to beat these days. We are still giving away a few unnecessary free-kicks, but are defending them well. From the back, Stuart Lutter was again superb, Munya Matiyenga got done early on by Gould, but he rolled up his sleeves and gave the winger very little for the rest of game and Dan Smith was at his best on the other side too. Dan Stevenson and Josh Melling both played superbly against the home forwards and have struck up a great partnership in the centre of the defence. Jacob Cox has grown so much in these few games in the first team squad and gave everything today, both defensively and supporting the attack, while Liam Tuck is a powerhouse in the centre of midfield and makes things happen and allows very little to be played through the centre by the opposition. Luis Vieira worked the left flank really well and can go from attack to defence and back in seconds and regularly does. Hopefully his injury isn’t a serious one as we would really miss him. Ryan Ansell. The goal says it all and just gives him the nod for man-of-the-match today for me. A fantastic strike and worthy of a matchwinner, but his whole game was great today. Can have the tendency to drift out of games at times, but battled for ninety-minutes today and hit some great passes too while always making himself available for the ball. Chris Wreh still needs match fitness, but he shows so many good touches and made a number of opportunities today by holding the ball up and picking his pass. Ryan Dove, great to have the skipper back in the starting line-up. He held the ball up well, got up to flick on balls and almost opened the scoring when he arrived at the far post on Vieira’s cross. The subs didn’t have too long today to make their mark but played their part late-on as Histon threw bodies forward.
Congratulations to Tom Chapman and Neil Champlovier for getting the team playing for each other, even though they have struggled so much with injuries to key players this season, this result is for you too and bring on the next round.
Before that we have a number of matches to play, starting with another cup game at Compton Park on Tuesday night as we entertain Harborough Town in the League Cup.
Histon; 1. Ayden Duffy 2. Sheldon Weinham 3. Will Lawton (sub 15. Shaun Jenkins 87) 4. Pat Bexfield 5. Max York © 6. James Chivers 7. Ed Rolph 8. Evan Key 9. Matt Hayden (sub 12. George Darling 68) 10. Charlie Brown (sub 16. Joe Sutton 68) 11. Danny Gould. Subs not used; 14. Brendan Lees 17. James Carman.
Cogenhoe United; 1. Stuart Lutter 2. Munya Matiyenga 3. Dan Smith 4. Dan Stevenson 5. Josh Melling 6. Jacob Cox 7. Ryan Ansell 8. Liam Tuck 9. Ryan Dove © 10. Chris Wreh (sub 14. Harry Chipchase 81) 11. Luis Vieira (sub Kiel Mullen 78). Sub not used 15. Nathan Burrows.
Referee; Jon Panconi.