Shepshed Dynamo 3 Blidworth Welfare 0
Dynamo breeze into third round with big Blidworth win
By Lucas Monk
Shepshed Dynamo breezed into the third round of the FA Vase on a chilly Saturday afternoon with a comfortable defeat of a youthful and inexperienced Blidworth Welfare team at The Dovecote.
Celson Patrocinio, Karl Whymark and Sam Moore were all on target for a Dynamo side that controlled possession and created myriad chances against their opponents from the Central Midlands League - in spite of their showing not having been their finest of the season.
Dynamo boss Damion Beckford-Quailey made a sole change to the lineup that battled to a hard-fought win over Romulus last time out. Chris Acott replaced Matt Melbourne, who was unavailable.
This tasked the effervescent Patrocinio with filling the striking berth, which he did to devastating effect to put Shepshed in complete control of the tie in the early stages.
In the seventh minute, the hosts won a corner.
From it, Whymark passed short to Liam Hurst, who had tested Blidworth stopper Andy Francis just moments prior.
Hurst then found Moore, who played a bobbling ball that wrought chaos in the visiting back line.
The ball running into his path, Patrocinio wasted no time in breaking through and hammering a fierce shot into the top corner.
It was certainly not the start that Scott Rogers, the new Blidworth manager, had in mind ahead of kick-off.
Not content with a slender lead, Dynamo proceeded to pepper the Blidworth net with a flurry of efforts as they sought a second goal.
Moore then saw a vicious volley ricochet off a defender before Jordan Wakeling met a Whymark corner to direct a booming header toward goal that Francis did well to pluck out of the gelid Leicestershire air.
But Shepshed would not be denied that all-important second goal for long.
Minutes later, Luke Thomas upended Hurst inside the penalty area, presenting to the hosts a chance to deal another appreciable blow to the visitors’ fading FA Vase hopes.
Up stepped Whymark, who rolled the ball into the bottom-left corner to ensure the scoreline betrayed his side’s dominance rather more.
In fact, Dynamo might have been out of sight by half-time. With the interval fast approaching, Francis fumbled Hurst’s well-struck free kick before gathering the ball at the second attempt.
To their credit, Blidworth chipped away and managed an effort on target early in the second half, but home ‘keeper Brandon Ganley saved well from Aaron Turner and the game was soon put beyond them.
Patrocinio was again instrumental for the hosts as Moore pounced on his knockdown and lashed a scorching effort past the helpless Francis to make certain of Shepshed’s success.
Blidworth fouls widely interspersed the remainder of the game, forestalling further fluid play on the part of their loftier opponents.
But the home crowd was treated to several brilliant flashes of panache from substitute Pearson Mwanyongo, who showed just why League Two outfit Grimsby Town offered him a trial in 2016.
The diminutive winger dazzled the spectators with several darting runs and looked to be a potent attacking threat whenever he received possession.
As the last blast of the referee’s whistle loomed, he nearly added further gloss to the scoreline but an attentive stop from Francis spared Blidworth further strife.
Dynamo would admit that this display was not their finest performance of the season, but they were always in control of this tie and were nonetheless good value for the victory, which extends their highly impressive unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches.
They will now look ahead to Monday’s draw for the third round of this competition before returning to Midland Football League action by welcoming Highgate United to The Dovecote on Saturday.
Dynamo: Ganley, Hill (Day 63’), Wakeling, Pheasant, Acott, Hurst, Prenderville (Phillips 63’), Whymark, Thomas, Moore (Mwanyongo 63’), Patrocinio.
Unused substitutes: Doy.
Blidworth: Francis, Sipson, Dawson, Rajter, Cairns (Leonhart 73’), Thomas, James (Black 81’), Bacon, Turner (Pegg 87’), Rowbottom, Batty.
Unused substitutes: Simpkin, Rogers.
Booked: Thomas, Rajter, Cairns (Blidworth)