Foxton whittled out of cup
Whittlesford 5 Foxton 0 FOXTON crashed out of the William Cockell Cup on Saturday when they lost 5-0 away to fellow Kershaw Senior A opponents Whittlesford. The visitors started brightly in the first ten minutes but were probably guilty of failing to make
Whittlesford 5 Foxton 0
FOXTON crashed out of the William Cockell Cup on Saturday when they lost 5-0 away to fellow Kershaw Senior A opponents Whittlesford.
The visitors started brightly in the first ten minutes but were probably guilty of failing to make a decent chance and slowly Whittlesford got back into the game and were soon bossing what became a scrappy half.
On 30 minutes Whittlesford deservedly took the lead when they scored from a corner.
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The ball went through a crowd of defenders and fell to an unmarked man at the back post to slot home.
Foxton should have levelled soon after when Nathan Davenport was put through by Matt Hayden, but he was unable to score.
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Instead he drove his shot at the advancing keeper's legs and the ball was eventually cleared to safety.
At the other end of the pitch Foxton's own keeper Jamie Chamberlain was called upon to make a series of good saves and his team were grateful he had managed to keep Whittlesford down to just one goal by half time.
Foxton have a habit of starting halves on the front foot and did so once again at the beginning of the second period.
Conrad Wellstead had the best of Foxton's early second half chances and should have levelled when he found himself through on goal after some good work down the left, but his shot flew off target.
With about 20 minutes left in the game Foxton were dealt a double blow when their opponents scored again and Duncan Handscombe was sent off after disputing the controversial goal with the referee.
Now two goals down and one man short, Foxton did their best to try to get back into the game.
They thought they had when the newly introduced Ian Cambridge scored from a quickly taken free kick but the referee thought differently.
He made Foxton retake the free kick. This time, Cambridge's effort went narrowly wide.
The decision was a blow to Foxton who lost concentration and leaked three goals in the last ten minutes of the match.
Speaking after the game, manager Andrew Cambridge said: "After a scrappy first half we were one down and we came out brighter in the second half and conceded against the run of play.
"Obviously losing Duncan at that point changed the remainder of the game although I'm not sure 5-0 was a true reflection."
Team: J Chamberlain, D Chamberlain, Tokley, Handscombe, Ranner, Hayden, Wellstead, Margiotta, Lawrence, Fields, Davenport. Subs: Cambridge, Smith, Edwards.