There were a few changes made to the starting lineup for the old Doodson Sports Cup second round encounter with Ashton United on Wednesday night, as Karl Marginson gave some of those players on the fringes a bit of a midweek outing down at Bower Fold.
The first half was rather uneventful to say the least, in fact nothing happened, but saying that, young Rhodri Giggs looked sharp and lively whenever he was near the ball. But other than that, it was a very quiet first half for both teams. And even at half time, there was a feeling in the stands that a penalty shootout at the end of the next 45 was inevitable.
However, substitutions came during the second half to try and spark the match into some form of life; Dean Stott coming off for Dave Birch who also took on the Captains armband, and later on Tom Greaves came on for Rodriguez, and crucially, Brownhill for Lacey. And it was this latter substitution that tipped the balance in favour of the reds, although probably not in the manner Brownhill would have expected.
With FC chomping at the bit to extend their lead, the reds took advantage of Ashton dropping their heads, and it suddenly became all out attack – with the reward coming in the form of a brilliantly struck shot from the edge of the 18 yard box by Greg Daniels, which whistled sweetly into the top corner of Ashton’s net, effectively booking FC’s berth in the next round of the cup.
This result extends FC’s unbeaten run to seven, and gives FC a good head of steam for their two vital upcoming league fixtures against Worksop and AFC Fylde.
Man Of The Match – Rhodri Giggs
Report by Steven Mills