Saturday 8th October 2022
Isuzu FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round
Beaconsfield Town 2 (3) Hartley Wintney 2 (1)
Holloways Park – Att: 101
Ram of the Match - Ravan Constable
When Nathan Minhas crashed home Beaconsfield Towns equaliser with virtually the last kick of Saturday’s Isuzu FA Trophy Third qualifying round tie against Hartley Wintney on Saturday he gave The Rams keeper Ravan Constable the opportunity to be the hero. Ravan didn’t need to be asked twice and grabbed his opportunity with both hands, saving four of the five spot kicks he faced. With his colleagues perfect from the spot, The Rams emerged comfortable winners of the penalty shoot out in a tie they seemed to have been dead and buried in deep in injury time.
The second game between the sides in less than a week began in much the same fashion as the first with both sides showing endeavour and a willingness to get the ball down and play.
Chances were at a premium though. Ravan Constable tipped over a Balai Dembele effort from 20 yards after five minutes and the homesides’ first effort came from Olly McCoy who shot wide from a short corner routine from a corner he won himself.
Callum Webb fired over from the edge of the box and Beaconsfield kept up pressure on the visitors without creating very many chances. In fact it was nearly half an hour before the next one. McCoy again, this time finding the side netting from a promising position on the left.
At the other end Anis Nuurs, freekick from a good position beat the defensive wall but was comfortably saved by Constable.The visitors enjoyed good possession and threat down the flanks with their pace. The home defence were content to keep them wide and at arms length and deal with the crosses. It was a largely effective approach and reduced The Rows opportunities, if not the anxieties of the home crowd.
If the visitors were aggrieved by the goal they conceded on Monday evening they were beside themselves with the opener here. Eitel Goueth broke onto a through ball but had mistimed his run and appeared to be clearly offside. As he and Olly McCoy went off in pursuit of the defence splitting pass Goueth heeded McCoys call to “Leave it” and stopped his run. With the Hartley Wintney defence still appealing in his wake McCoy drew keeper Adam Desbois before squaring his cross to Daniel Bradshaw who finished with glee from 8 yards beating the despairing dive of Desbois. Who then sprinted to remonstrate with the assistant Referee in industrial language which earned him a yellow card. After a brief conference, the officials decided that Goueth was inactive and therefore not interfering with play. The goal stood and the arguments continued until half time.
In fairness the officials may have interpreted the law correctly but most teams would be very disappointed to concede in those circumstances.
Half Time 1-0
Just like the first, the second half followed a similar script to the second period on Monday night. Gary Meakin introduced Nathan Minhas, Kyel Reid and Toby Little to take advantage of the game opening up, as The Row took more risks in search of the equaliser.
Immediately following the changes The Rams created a flurry of chances. Desbois saved a low Nathan Minhas shot with his feet before Toby Little shot wide and theDesbois back pedalled to turn a deflected cross over his bar.
If anything the home side switched off at this point, whether they felt they had done enough? They retreated into their shell and were content to settle for what they had.
Hartley Wintney took full advantage but it took them until the 88th minute when Tom Leggett picked up the ball in the inside right position midway inside the Beaconsfield half. Collecting the ball on the half turn he set off towards goal and as the defence backed off he advancced to the edge of the area before sending a low drive across Constable and inside the far post.
As the home fans’ anxiety levels rose at the thought of penalties and the game entered time added on The Row got the jump on the shoot out when Mr Burton upset Beaconsfield, awarding a penalty suggesting Callum Webb handled the ball with his hands above his head. Whilst his arms were up they were certainly nowhere near head high and Beaconsfield would argue in a natural position for a play lunging foward to try and block a shot. Mr Burton was unmoved and skipper Matt Drage stepped up to slide the spot kick into the corner and spark mass celebrations in the corner.
As The Rams fans resigned themselves to concentrating on the League and stoppage time ebbed away Anis Nuur received a yellow card for a cynical hack on Eitel Goueth.
The ball was lofted into the box and fell to debutant Keano Robinson. His shot beat Desbois but crashed back off the post but flew to Nathan Minhas who returned it first time with interest from 12 yards before Desbois could recover and it flew into the net.
There was barely time to kick off.
Drage stroked in his second penalty of the afternoon to get the shootout underway and was matched by Toby Little who cooly levelled. At which point Ravan Constable took over proceedings He saved the next kick allowing Eitel Goueth to put The Rams in front. Constable then saved the next kick and when Mr Burton adjudged that he had left his line and ordered the lick be retaken Constable saved that one too.
Kyel Reid made it three out of three for Beaconsfield before Constable saved his fourth penalty to put the Rams into the draw for the next round.
Harsh on The Row who thought they’d snatched the win and never really recovered to win the game again or get themselves up for the penalty shoot out.
Ravan Constable, Callum Webb, Oliver Sprague, Liam McDevitt, Keano Robinson, Sam Togwell, Dan Bradshaw [Sub Toby Little 66], Aaron Minhas©, Elliott Buchannan [Sub Nathan Minhas 54], Eitel Goueth, Olly McCoy [Sub Kyel Reid 66]
Subs Not used - Jerome Ecclestone, Mike Neish,
Adam DeBois, Thomas Leggett, Richard Jones Jr, Toby Nevile, Matthew Drage©, Harrison Bayley, Teddy Davey [Sub Elijas Bagdonavicius 67], Benjamin Purcell, Balal Dembele [Sub Isaac Charles 77] , Imran Kayani, Anis Nuur
Subs Not used - Dashun Cooper, Zidan Akers, Kingsley Eshun
Referee - Gareth Burton
Assistants - Ericsson Temu, Christopher Caskey