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Knebworth Football Club
Lilley Rangers
A Hamer (40'), B Buck (80')
Full time
Sun 25 Mar 10:30 - Cup Attendance 14

Still dreaming of cup glory!

"Tin pot" Knebworth reach the Semi-finals.

"Tin pot" Knebworth reach the Semi-finals.

Blessed with a bye to the quarter finals in the John Boyle league cup, Knebworth took on Lilley Rangers.

Knebworth started brightly, and were on top in the early sparring. But as in the league fixture, Lilley took the lead from a corner. With many of the midfielders out of form and most of the defenders injured it was hard work for Knebworth, but they refused to throw in the towel. Barney and Frazer kept running up front, looking to deliver a knockout blow. Both had a couple of jabs at the goal, but it was Alex Hamer who landed the first blow with a trade mark run at the back post.

1-1 between rounds, Knebworth regrouped and switched to a back 3 for the second round. It was scrappy with the injured defenders having to kick long, and Ross struggling to drag Lewis around the pitch. The reinforcement of central midfield had little impact as Lilley ducked and weaved past the 3 ex-legends.

The game to life when a Lilley defender jumped off the canvas to throw a punch at Frazer. Injured spectator Paul Mathews hurdled the pitch side barrier to calm things down, but failed in his mission. Red card and back to his corner for the Lilley defender. For some reason Lilley continued to argue with some aggression. Disappointing.

The war of words continued with Frazer informed that Knebworth was a "tin pot" club. But Knebworth stood their ground, danced around the ring, and Barney came up trumps with a winner. This did little to calm the atmosphere, with some off the ball, below the belt stuff directed at Frazer.

Lilley failed to meet their promise to pay the referee or join us for food at the pub. I guess they didn't take the defeat or sending off too well. Perhaps they should move down a weight.

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Key moments

Goal Alex Hamer scores for Knebworth Football Club
Goal Barney Buck scores for Knebworth Football Club


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80:00 Goal 2 - 0
Barney Buck scores for Knebworth Football Club
45:00 Sub On
Stephen Banks is substituted on for Knebworth Football Club
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alex Hamer scores for Knebworth Football Club
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As it happened

  • Knebworth Football Club
  • Lilley Rangers
  • 0
  • Alex Hamer Goal 40:00'
  • Stephen Banks Sub On 45:00'
  • Barney Buck Goal 80:00'

Team selection

Arbon, Reece Arbon, Reece
Malocco, Tony Malocco, Tony
Wray, Andy Wray, Andy
Hamer, Alex Hamer, Alex
Hobbs, James Hobbs, James
Knights, David Knights, David
Hawkins, Stuart Hawkins, Stuart
Jackson, Ross Jackson, Ross
Triggs, Frazer Triggs, Frazer
Buck, Barney Buck, Barney
Coward, Lewis Coward, Lewis


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