Neither side could muster a single goal in the 210 minutes of this tie but in truth the replay was a much better game than the first match. Shortwood should have settled the tie without the need for a penalty shoot-out – creating more than enough chances to win the match comfortably. In the end justice was done and it will be Shortwood who take their place in the next round, at home to Guildford City of the Evostik Southern League Central division on September 29th, and deservedly so!
The replay was a much better spectacle than the first tie and there were times when Shortwood’s play was excellent and fast flowing and this was especially so in the first 20 minutes and the second period of extra time.
John Evans said: “We made hard work of that! We made the better chances but snatched at some of them and came very close with others. Tim Haddock
and Mark Pritchett
in particular were outstanding today!”
For Mangotsfield Clayton Fortune had another great game at the back and seemed at times to be the only thing that stood between Shortwood and the win they worked so hard to achieve.
was outstanding in the air and Langworthy profited from his flick ons. In that opening spell Shortwood tore into Mangotsfield and the only surprise was that they failed to score. Langworthy had two good chances – turning well and shooting wide with one and hitting the side netting with the other. AS the crosses came in from both wings Fortune and his colleague Turley were called on time and time again to clear the danger but when the goal didn’t come they started to push forward more themselves and Kyle Thomas flicked a near post header and Tom King
was forced into a couple of saves. With Wood continuing to press forward and create half chances Mangotsfield were forced to rely on the break and apart from a Tooze shot that fizzed wide the Wood defence coped well.
The second half continued in the same vein and Langworthy headed over from close range. Shortwood lost Thomas after 67 minutes with injury and Singh came on as Wood reshuffled their back line. The only difference was that Wood looked even more dangerous but still the goal would not come. Haddock fired a cross shot just wide of the far post and repeated the effort minutes later and Singh and Langworthy headed chances over.
In the first period of extra time Arndale fired wide and Bath sent a curler straight at King before Kevin Slack
made his long awaited return in the extra time break. Within 30 seconds of his appearance Langworthy put him through and his shot missed by inches and when Langworthy repeated the ball minutes later keeper Greaves saved well as Slack raced through.
As the game went to penalties Cant scored comfortably but Arndale hit his effort well over. Slack, Gullick, Parrott and Pritchett all scored with confidence and Tom King
was unlucky with a couple of the visitors penalties – getting hands to them and just failing to keep them out.
No matter – Wood were though!
Team: King, Baldwin, Axton (Bennett 90), Pritchett, Thomas (Singh 67), Haddock, Meredith (Slack 105), Parrott, Langworthy, Gullick, Cant