TOWN EDGED OUT OF FA TROPHY
WALTHAM Abbey held off a second half Lilywhites fight back to book their place in the
next round of the FA Trophy.
Town fashion a first minute chance. Liam King does well down the right and weaves his way past Waltham defenders along the byline pulls back for Sam Bewick in the area but the shot is skyed over the bar.
A fine passing move starts with George Monger spraying the ball left for King, King in turn finds Ernest Okah who drifts into the area before laying a ball off for Monger who has continued his run to the D and shoots. Waltham's keeper Lewis Lockyer safely gathers the shot in his midriff.
Waltham work the ball down their right and a cut back for Shad Ngandu on the 18 yard line. With plenty of Faversham bodies in attendance, there seems no great cause for concern. Ngandu works himself some space and pings a low shot into the bottom left hand corner past Simon Overland diving at full stretch. A great strike, but a goal seemingly out of the blue. A real body blow for Town. (1-0 after 20).
With their tails up and buoyed by the goal, Waltham push forward.
From the left, the ball is played inside. A shot from outside the area is deflected back out. Loud appeals for handball from the Waltham players. Town survive the appeals, but there's still defending to do. Michael Spencer delivers a cross targeting the back stick. It flashes narrowly past the post and out for a goal kick.
Waltham turn their attentions to left side. Ngandu finds Rimmell Daniel on the left. Daniel drives a low centre across the face of goal. Just a touch needed, but thankfully no forward on hand to apply the finishing touch.
The Lilywhites weather the Waltham storm and start to apply their own pressure.
The ball breaks for King in the Waltham half. King brings it forward and picks out Bewick's forward run to the 18 yard line. Bewick shapes and side-foots just the wrong side of the left hand post.
Dan Carrington makes good progress down the left and lays off for Monger. Monger continues and weaves his way into the area and when just about to pull the trigger a Waltham toe pokes it out for a corner.
Danny Walder's corner from the left is punched away from under his bar by the Waltham keeper. Only as far as Bewick on the right. Bewick curls it back in and Oliver Lee's header drifts just wide of the left hand post.
With Town having their best spell, the sucker punch. Waltham counter, Ngandu weaves his way through challenges, plays it forward for Christian Assombalonga in the area who lobs it over the advancing Overland. It hits the bar but Assombalonga nods home the rebound from a yard out. Town continue that recent, unwelcome habit of conceding right on half-time. (2-0 after 44).
Waltham come again. Assombalonga rolls the ball inside for Waltham captain Jack Daveney whose first time strike is destined for the inside of Overland's left hand post. Overland dives to his left and makes a stunning diving catch to keep Town in the game.
2-0 at H-T.
Town reorganise and go three at the back for the second half. And it's a Town duly fired up to get back into the game.
Waltham break immediately from the kick off. From the left, the ball is rolled inside for Assombalonga whose screwed shot is deflected wide for a corner.
But from thereon in Town dominate the possession.
Ryan Cheek afforded apace down the right, delivers a curling cross from deep. Bewick has stolen into the area but sends the header over the bar.
Overland takes a free-kick in the Town half. The ball is worked to Monger on the left touchline who plays it inside for Luke Griffiths. Griffiths brings it along the line of the Waltham 18 yard line, picks his moment and hits it. Power, accuracy and as straight as a die. The keeper gets nowhere near it and Town are back in the game. (2-1 after 66).
A Walder free-kick from 30 yards. It's curling in towards the top left hand corner, but just as the celebrations are about to begin, the keeper gets across to get hands to it.
A Bewick long throw is headed goalwards, it's sneaking in under the bar, but the keeper punches over.
With Town pushing forward in search of the equaliser, Waltham break and Elmi Benoit is through on goal. Lee gets back to makes a great last ditch saving tackle to keep the deficit to one.
2-1 at F-T.
So Faversham Town bow out of the cup competitions for this year. A game of two halves certainly, but Town can count themselves a tad unfortunate not to be bringing Waltham Abbey back to Salters Lane for a replay. Instead Town can look forward to hosting Cray Wanderers, fresh from their recent eight goal haul, in the league on Tuesday.