First Team - Report
|Hailsham Town||2||vs||4||Greenwich Borough|
Spirited Stringers Bow Out of FA Cup at First Hurdle
Despite a spirited performance, especially in the second half, Hailsham Town went out of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The Stringers exit in the Extra Prelimninary Round came after a hard fought battle with Greenwich Borough of the Kent League. The visitors began brightly, taking the lead after just 7 minutes through Joe Fitzpatrick with a close range finish. Hailsham though soon found themselves attacking, and were desperatley unlucky not to equalise, instead hitting the bar minutes later, before Leach got away a powerful shot which flew just wide of the target. After a promising opening then it would be disapointing for Hailsham to concede again on 29 minutes - Dean Stevens getting in front of the striker as a cross was whipped in, but then saw his header fly into the top corner beyond Jenner for an unfortunate own goal. Hailsham's Jamie Morgan - again a bright spark in the Stringers side - was then waved away a penalty appeal after he looked to have been felled in the area, whilst just before the interval, Shane Saunders too could have had a free kick in a dangerous position. With Stringers fans fuming, it was from the resulting goal kick that Greenwich netted their third - long ball forward, half-cleared and then crossed back into the box for the visitors to net their third at the second attempt after Jenner had blocked the initial shot.
After the interval though, it was a different story - Fletcher's header flew just over almost straight from the restart, before the spell of Stringers pressure was rewarded on 65 - Shane Saunders meeting an excellent Ottley corner at the far post to put Hailsham back into the game. With Hailsham fans roaring their side forward, it was somewhat against the run of play when a rocket from Jamie Levitt put Greenwich looking comfortable with their fourth goal. Again Hailsham responded,and after excellent work from Morgan and Simon Stevens, a threaded ball saw Danny Leach spin his marker but shoot into the side netting. Still Hailsham didn't look out of it, and on 83, sub Nolan provided a corner for a thumping Ryan Alexander header to peg the scores back further. Both sides had chances as the clock ran down, but without further goals - and it'll be Greenwich Borough who continue on the road to Wembley.
Hailsham face a trip to Chichester City on Saturday in the league, whilst the Reserves kick off their campaign in the Reserve East Section at home to Westfield, 3pm Kick Off.
Hailsham: Jenner, Dean Stevens (Blaney 55), Ottley (Chatfield 80), Danny Stevens, Alexander, Fletcher, Morgan, Simon Stevens, Leach, Saunders, Dallaway (Nolan 70)