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First Team - Match centre

Melksham Town FC
Crowborough Athletic FC
M Perrott (61'), R Bole (83')
Full time
D Perry (78' Pen)
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - Cup Attendance 686

MISSED CHANCES COST CROWS DEAR IN THE END.

Melksham Town progress to the FA Vase 5th round after beating the Crows 2-1 at Oakfields Stadium.

Opportunity missed may be?
The Crows missed an opportunity to progress to the 5th round of the Buildbase FA Vase after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the home club, Melksham Town. First half missed chances, including a penalty miss, and a below-par second half performance, eventually led to the Crows bowing out of the tournament.
The team arrived at the newly built and impressive Oakfields Stadium in good time, having travelled from Crowborough in a smart Executive Coach and with plenty of supporters on board too. Many other Crow supporters made the journey over to Wiltshire under their own steam and their numbers swelled the attendance to an impressive 686, which as it turned out, was the highest attendance on the day for all the FA Vase matches played in the 4th round.
I won't do a full match report here as there's an independent and detailed match report which can be found at http://kentishfootball.co.uk/news/melkcrow060117 written by Stephen McCartney. The report makes it quite clear that the Crows should have been 2-0 up at least by half time as they were the dominant side and looking far more incisive than the home side. However, the chances they had were not taken and you then begin to wonder if those misses will come back to haunt you later on.
At the break even some of the home fans commented that we're far the better footballing side and the home side are lucky still to be in the game. Whilst it was a nice compliment, the fact that the score was still 0-0 did little to calm the nerves.
For some reason the Crows were not as dominant in the second half as the first and didn't create as many chances whilst also being not as fluent. There's no doubt that the home side upped their tempo and pushed another couple of players forward to support their target man and captain, Higden, a bit more.
Their game is based on getting the ball forward as quickly as possible from anywhere on the pitch and it definitely suits the players they have, being a side that has height and physicality throughout. There's no right or wrong way to play the beautiful game and everyone has the right to play the way they want and as they seem to win more than they lose, who can argue that it definitely suits them.
The home side took the lead in the 61st minute following a period of pressure when Perrott's shot on the angle hit the far post and rolled across the goal and in to the net. It was practically the first clear chance they had and those missed chances by the Crows had certainly come back to bite them.
In an effort to get back in the game Pearson was replaced by Clarke and later on Perry came on for Carrington. The Crows were awarded a second penalty, in the 78th minute, when a surging forward run in to the area by Walder saw him brought down by a Melksham defender, the assistant referee giving the penalty, although it wasn't clear if he was flagging for a corner at the time. After a discussion with the referee the penalty was awarded and was calmly despatched by Perry in to the corner of the net for 1-1.
With most of the spectators thinking that a period of extra-time was looming the home side scored the winner in the 83rd minute, another long ball was played forward and resulted in a corner for the home side. Unfortunately, the corner was not cleared by the Crows and the ball fell to one of the Melksham Town substitutes, Bole, on the edge of the area and his shot appeared to take a deflection before nestling in the corner of the Crows goal for 2-1.
Queue wild celebrations by the home players and their fans at the final whistle whilst all those who were supporting the Crows were left somewhat deflated and feeling hard done by perhaps. Unfortunately, not scoring when you are on top can, and often does, cost you dear and this was certainly the case in this game.

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Key moments

61:00
Goal Michael Perrott scores for Melksham Town FC
78:00
Scored Penalty Dan Perry scores a penalty for Crowborough Athletic FC
83:00
Goal Ryan Bole scores for Melksham Town FC

Highlights

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90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Jake Brown is yellow carded for Melksham Town FC
90:00 +1:00 Yellow Card
Rob Brown is yellow carded for Melksham Town FC
89:55 Missed Shot
Tom Phipp misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
83:00 Goal 2 - 1
Ryan Bole scores for Melksham Town FC
78:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 1
Dan Perry scores a penalty for Crowborough Athletic FC
78:00 Assist
Jack Walder makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic FC
76:00 Sub On
Olly Webb is substituted on for Melksham Town FC
76:00 Sub Off
Dave Thompson is substituted off for Melksham Town FC
73:00 Sub Off
Sam Carrington is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic FC
73:00 Sub On
Dan Perry is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic FC
70:00 Missed Shot
Chris Allen misses a shot for Melksham Town FC
68:00 Saved Shot
Warren Maidment has a shot saved for Melksham Town FC
65:00 Sub Off
Tom Pearson is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic FC
65:00 Sub On
Wayne Clarke is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic FC
63:00 Yellow Card
Sam Carrington is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic FC
61:00 Goal 1 - 0
Michael Perrott scores for Melksham Town FC
58:00 Blocked Shot
Henry Muggeridge has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic FC
55:00 Missed Shot
Henry Muggeridge misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
48:00 Missed Shot
Gary Higden misses a shot for Melksham Town FC
End of period 1
38:00 Missed Penalty
Henry Muggeridge misses a penalty for Crowborough Athletic FC
36:00 Saved Shot
Tom Phipp has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
34:00 Saved Shot
Sam Carrington has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
31:00 Saved Shot
Henry Muggeridge has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
30:00 Sub Off
Luke Ballinger is substituted off for Melksham Town FC
30:00 Sub On
Ryan Bole is substituted on for Melksham Town FC
27:00 Missed Shot
Jack Turner misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
26:00 Blocked Shot
Sam Carrington has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic FC
24:00 Yellow Card
Chris Allen is yellow carded for Melksham Town FC
14:00 Saved Shot
Gary Higden has a shot saved for Melksham Town FC
12:00 Saved Shot
Tom Pearson has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
10:00 Missed Shot
Sam Carrington misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
9:00 Blocked Shot
Dave Thompson has a shot blocked for Melksham Town FC
8:30 Blocked Shot
Henry Muggeridge has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic FC
8:00 Yellow Card
Tom Pearson is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic FC
7:00 Saved Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
5:00 Blocked Shot
Luke Ballinger has a shot blocked for Melksham Town FC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Melksham Town FC
  • Crowborough Athletic FC
  • 0
  • Tom Pearson Yellow Card 8:00'
  • Chris Allen Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Luke Ballinger Sub Off 30:00'
  • Ryan Bole Sub On 30:00'
  • Henry Muggeridge Missed Penalty 38:00'
  • Michael Perrott Goal 61:00'
  • Sam Carrington Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Tom Pearson Sub Off 65:00'
  • Wayne Clarke Sub On 65:00'
  • Sam Carrington Sub Off 73:00'
  • Dan Perry Sub On 73:00'
  • Dave Thompson Sub Off 76:00'
  • Olly Webb Sub On 76:00'
  • Jack Walder Assist 78:00'
  • Dan Perry Scored Penalty 78:00'
  • Ryan Bole Goal 83:00'
  • Rob Brown Yellow Card 90:00 +1:00'
  • Jake Brown Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Burbridge, Ryan Burbridge, Ryan
Tear, Dan Tear, Dan
Crabb, Sam Crabb, Sam
Carrington, Sam Carrington, Sam
White, James White, James
Turner, Jack Turner, Jack
Walder, Jack Walder, Jack
Pearson, Tom Pearson, Tom
Phipp, Tom Phipp, Tom
Attwood, Zac Attwood, Zac
Muggeridge, Henry Muggeridge, Henry
Melksham Town FC
  • 1. Rob Brown
  • 2. Mark Cooper
  • 3. Ben Thomson
  • 4. Chris Allen
  • 5. Warren Maidment
  • 6. Lee Davidson
  • 7. Luke Ballinger
  • 8. Dave Thompson
  • 9. Gary Higden
  • 10. Michael Perrott
  • 11. Jake Brown
  • 12. Olly Webb
  • 13. Ryan Bole
  • 14. Dan Demkiv
  • 15. Sayeed Ibrahim
  • 16. Seth Wain

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