Four Crosses

Four Crosses

Patience is a virtue

by FCFC Admin

Crosses made the trip to Presteigne who were relegated from Spar 1 last season.

The Greens made a bright start with Owen Wilcock and Chris Bishop going close and Ryan Morris forcing a fine save from the home keeper with a 30 yard shot. At the opposite end Alex Gunn tipped over the bar from a Presteigne effort. Unfortunately for the Crosses the Presteigne manager who plays between the sticks was on top form and managed to deal with everything thrown at him pulling off tremendous saves all half.

Amazingly it was Presteigne who took the lead when one of their long clearances catching out the crosses defence, The home forward tussled with John Butler leaving him on the ground leaving him one on one with keeper Gunn, firing a low shot to make it 1-0. The appeals for a foul on Butler from the Crosses lads fell on deaf ears as the referee awarded a goal.

The visitors tried to find a way to force the equaliser but the keepers great form continued and a little help from the linesman in the last minute ensured that the score remained one nil at half time.

The dressing room was a dejected place with all the lads knowing the Crosses should have been in front had it not been for the keeper and knowing they would need to stay patient.

The second half began much the same, Crosses had no less than 7 chances in the first 9 minutes with the pick being when Chris Bishop fired and excellent shot only for the keeper to get hand to push it round the post at full stretch and then save one with his legs. The equaliser finally came in the 54th minute when the ball fell to left back Paul Bache in the box who fired his shot into the roof of the net. The second was to follow quickly later with Andrew Webb cutting in and firing an excellent shot into the top corner. While the floodgates threatened to opened it was Presteigne who gained the next advantage, Bache brought down their striker on the edge of the box and the free kick was cleared but from the resulting corner A presteigne player reacted quickest to level the scores.

Not to be put off by this set back the Crosses then seized control again with a superb run from centre half Johnny Butler ending with a slide pass into Paul Hughes who curled a left footed effort into the corner of the net. Despite more saves from the home keeper and a nervy spell when Presteigne had a shot clawed off the line the Four Crosses side looked to have secured the points. The home side had a goal disallowed for offside in the dying minutes before sub Lee Dutton called up from the reserves scored a 4th in the last few minutes with his first touch.

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